Chatty and Colchester - Chapter 21
Uluru sits fairly in the centre of the Australian continent. Its
landscape is remote, wild and harsh. Few people live anywhere within
hundreds of kilometres. Yet, Uluru is a place of great cultural and
symbolic significance to Australians. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park,
with the great monolith Uluru as its centrepiece, is owned by
Aboriginal traditional owners and has a resident community of over 300
Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal (Anangu) people. Its
tenure history reflects the changing fortunes of conservation and
Aboriginal land rights movements in Australia. It has become an
environmental and cultural symbol both nationally and internationally.
It is a place of substantial economic importance, and a place where
Territory and Federal governments contest control over the land.