Northern Territory (abbreviated as NT) is a federal Australian territory in the central northern regions.
It shares borders with Western Australia to the west, South Australia to the south, and Queensland to the east.
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory.
It lies 335 km south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs, 450 km by road.
Helicopter view of Uluru/Ayers Rock. Picture source: Wikipedia
(L) Ayers Rock: Photograph was taken in May 1994 by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D..
(R) Climbers and a warning sign (Wikipedia )
Since the park was listed as a World Heritage Site, annual visitor numbers rose to over 400,000 visitors
by the year 2000. Increased tourism provides regional and national economic benefits. It also presents
an ongoing challenge to balance conservation of cultural values and visitor needs.
Climbing Uluru is a popular attraction for visitors. A chain handhold added in 1964 and extended in 1976
made the hour-long climb easier, but it is still a long (800m) and steep hike to the top, where it can be
quite windy. It is recommended individuals drink plenty of water while climbing, and those who are unfit,
suffer from vertigo or medical conditions restricting exercise, do not attempt it. Climbing Uluru is generally
closed to the public when high winds are present at the top. There have been at least 37 deaths relating
to a recreational climbing since such incidents began being recorded.
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From October 2019, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board starts to prohibit a climbing to Uluru Rock.
The Tobacco Control Act in the Northern Territory
The Tobacco Control Act 2002 banned smoking in enclosed public places (including workplaces), and
banned outdoor venues in 2003.From January 2011, all outdoor eating and drink areas in the Northern
Territory will be required to be smoke free. Liquor licensed premises may exempt a small part of their
area outside (up to a maximum of 50%) for a smoking area. The owner occupier of any public venue
(such as a shopping centre, sports facility, business owner or workshop), is now also able to declare
any area out of doors as a smoke-free area under the tobaccocontrol legislation. There is a simple
self-regulated process involved that can be quickly and easily implemented. All tobacco retailers will
no longer be permitted to display any tobacco products at the point of sale or anywhereelse in their
store. Under the tobacco reforms, tobacco retailers will also be subject annual retail licence fees and
renewal processes, as well as new licence conditions requiring them to provide records of sales data to
the Department of Health and Families and prohibiting the sale of fruit and confectionary flavored cigarettes.
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The article was first written and photographs were taken by Dr. Junhaku Miyamoto, in May 1994.
This was revised in October 2013 and in July 2018.