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Grampians Access 2019 14-Feb-2019 At 3:51:34 PM kieranl
On 14-Feb-2019 JamesMc wrote:
>On 14-Feb-2019 gordoste wrote:
>>Let's be clear - this is a test to see if climbers can be trusted to
>>ourselves. If we do not obey the ban, the areas will never be re-opened.
>>If we prove we can respect others, we will get respect in return and
>>start a conversation about whether some of the areas can be partially
>>If you see or hear of people putting our access at risk, call them out.
>I think you've misunderstood. This isn't a voluntary ban, it's a legal
>ban. If we obey it then it will stay. If no Uber drivers broke the laws
>designed to protect the taxi industry then Uber would still be illegal.

If our attitude to cultural heritage bans is that we'll break them then we've lost at the outset. Showing disrespect to cultural heritage will confirm to Aboriginal Victoria that there is nothing to negotiate with us. Our only valid (or viable) negotiating position is to acknowledge the presence of cultural heritage and ask how climbing can respectfully co-exist with it. That may not be possible at some sites - it may be at others. We now have a long road ahead of us.

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