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Uluru climbing ban: Tourists scale sacred rock for final time
 
Huge crowds scrambled up Australia's Uluru for the final time on Friday, ahead of a ban on climbing the sacred rock.
 
The giant monolith - once better known to visitors as Ayers Rock - will be permanently off limits from Saturday.
 
Uluru is sacred to its indigenous custodians, the Anangu people, who have long implored tourists not to climb.
 
Only 16% of visitors went up in 2017 - when the ban was announced - but the climb has been packed in recent weeks.
 
The final climbers faced a delayed start due to dangerously strong winds - one of many reasons Uluru has been closed to people wishing to reach the top over the years.
 
The walk can be hazardous, with dozens dying since the 1950s. The high temperatures in the area, which can reach 47C (116F) in the summer, mean visitors have died of dehydration and other heat-related events.
 
 
 
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'The worst is ahead': NSW faces multiple bushfire emergencies

 

https://www.smh.com....112-p539yf.html

 

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(The Sydney Morning Herald) Nearly 100 fires blackened parts of the Mid North Coast, scorched the outskirts of Sydney and destroyed properties from the Hunter Valley to Tenterfield as the state faced the worst fire conditions that seasoned firefighters had ever seen.

 

But the worst fears of firefighters appeared not to have been realised late on Tuesday, with no lives lost and fewer properties burned than might have been expected on a day when temperatures rose well above 35 degrees and winds reached 80km/h. Most of the 178 properties lost to fires were burnt last week.


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Australia fires: Sydney blanketed by smoke from NSW bushfires

People in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, as scores of bushfires rage across the region.

Strong winds overnight brought smoke from fires inland, pushing the air quality in Australia's largest city to beyond "hazardous" levels at times.

On social media, locals have described hazy skies and the stench of smoke in their homes.

About five million people live in the state capital of New South Wales, which has been affected for weeks by fires.

Six people have died in bushfires in the state's north since October.

 

https://www.bbc.co.u...tralia-50468450

 

 

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Honest Government Ad | Quiet Australians

 

https://youtu.be/shBwf97O7zk

 

I never know whether to laugh or cry with these girls' videos. They are brilliant, anyway. :)


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