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The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – aka Mt Warning – could ultimately be decided by concerns over the safety of the track.

A number of local custodians of the sacred site have called for non-Indigenous people to refrain from undertaking the tough five-hour trek.

The Echo Daily reports according to tourism data up to 100,000 people climb the mountain each year. However, some leave rubbish such as soiled toilet paper by the side of the track and at the stunning peak.

The track has been closed for much of the past year owing to COVID-19, and it now appears it may stay that way.

A safety audit and an engineering assessment conducted during the closure have identified significant safety issues with the final climb to the Wollumbin summit.

These include an ‘extreme risk of landslide, rockfall and failure of the chain section of the track’.

A spokesperson from the National Parks and Wildlife Service said the current closure had been extended, at least until May.

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