• Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Photo: Steve Strike CC Wikimedia SA-1.0.
    Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Photo: Steve Strike CC Wikimedia SA-1.0.
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A remote Indigenous community near Uluru has called for the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be closed were the airport to be reopened next month as planned.

The ABC reports the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation (MCAC) said the plan to resume interstate flights to the nearby Connellan Airport from August 1 was too risky for local residents.

As of last week anyone arriving to the Northern Territory from a declared hotspot, which includes Victoria and Greater Sydney, is to be placed into mandatory supervised quarantine for 14 days at a cost to themselves of $2,500.

In Darwin they will be placed into the Howard Springs facility, and in Alice Springs nominated hotels.

But MCAC wants the airport to remain closed as it is concerned tourists from COVID-19 hotspots, or their contacts, will spread the virus to residents, especially as there have been cases of travellers breaking quarantine previously.

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