Climbing Uluru, the iconic red rock in Australia’s Outback, will be banned from October 2019. What’s the impact of this historic vote and what does it mean for the rock’s traditional owners?

Enough, it has been decided, is enough. From October 2019, it will no longer be possible for visitors to climb Uluru, the big red rock that has become the global icon of the Australian Outback.

The decision to impose a climbing ban was taken unanimously by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board this week. Outlawing the climb will mark a shift from the previous policy of begrudging toleration, accompanied by increasingly strongly-worded appeals to not climb it out of respect for indigenous wishes.

If it was up to the Anangu people—the grouping of local Aboriginal tribes that are Uluru’s traditional owners—no tourists would have ever climbed it. It has long been a sacred site, for reasons that, in the Anangu culture, are not allowed to be fully explained to uninitiated outsiders.