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New Golf Course for Uluru?

Proposed Golf Course in UluruThere is an existing proposal to open a new golf course at the Ayers Rock Resort in Uluru. The new golf course aims to attract more tourists and eventually, to boost employment in the area.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, the operator of the resort, already filed its application in the federal government. The proposal includes the provision of training and employment for the indigenous employees of the resort, for the building of the 28-hectare, 18-hole golf course. Currently, the resort has 170 indigenous employees and is expected to increase up to 350 employees by year 2018.

Koos Klein, Managing Director of Voyages, said, “There is not much to do there in the eye of many tourists other than visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta [the Olgas], which for many of us should be enough, but we are talking here about the average tourist who is looking for things to do.” He also added that tourists need to visit the resort longer than the usual one-night stay to make it financially sustainable.

The site of the proposed golf course is 10 kilometers from Uluru, directly east of the resort and privately owned by Voyages. Local Communities and the Central Land Council will still be consulted even though the area does not contain any sacred site. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities still has not made any final decision about the proposal.

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