Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Debate on Mt Warning Ban; Should Tourists Be Allowed to Walk Up the Mountain?

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Debate on Mt Warning Ban; Should Tourists Be Allowed to Walk Up the Mountain?

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Byline: Claudia Jambor claudia.jambor@northernstar.com.au

CLIMBING to the summit of Wollumbin, also known as Mt Warning, has long been a point of contention between the community, tourists and indigenous groups.

Talks of banning hikers from the mountain reignited this week, following news that walking up Uluru in the Northern Territory will be banned by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board.

Could the same rule be applied to Wollumbin?

Mt Warning Tours owner Michael Simmons said "it's almost bound to happen".

Ultimately, Mr Simmons said he would be "100% guided by the indigenous community" as to whether a ban to hike the mountain should be implemented.

As a commercial tourism operator, Mr Simmons said he had chosen not to climb the mountain in line with cultural considerations to the indigenous community.

But others, such as Mt Warning Rainforest Park's Mark Bourchier, don't share Mr Simmons' view.

"I would be very dis- appointed if they closed the mountain," Mr Bourchier said this week. …

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