"How can the public experience the spiritual significance of this land if they do not climb the summit and witness creation."
Ngaraakwal Elder Marlene Boyd RIP
NSW NPWS have the following description about Aboriginal attitudes to people climbing to the summit of Mt Warning on their webpage about the walking track:
Wollumbin, which means ‘cloud catcher’ to some Aboriginal People, is a traditional place of cultural law, initiation and spiritual education for the people of the Bundjalung Nation. Under Bundjalung law, only certain people can climb the summit. Out of respect for their law and culture, consider not climbing the summit.
These claims, including the very name applied to the mountain, are contested and it seems there is another story that NSW NPWS have not properly acknowledged and have long kept from public attention.
We came across this article from the Daily News February 24 2007 about Ngaraakwal Elder Marlene Boyd that makes for interesting reading. It seems like Ayers Rock/Uluru some elders had no issue with visitors climbing their mountain, in fact they encouraged it to better appreciate their culture. The screen shot is a little poor so the text is repeated below.