|Wlodek Wnuk przemawia na Górze Kościuszki. |
Good afternoon. My name is Wlodek Wnuk, and I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Polish Community Council of Australia. Standing here, on the rooftop of the Snowy Mountains, I welcome all the participants in this event, on behalf of the Polish Community Council of Australia.
We are standing on the highest peak in mainland Australia; the sign post for all Australians, and - due to the exploratory endeavours of our Polish compatriot, Sir Paul Strzelecki, who gave it such a distinctively Polish name - a beacon to the Polish diaspora world-wide.
But first, let's pay tribute to the traditional custodians of Mt Kosciuszko and other such important natural places - the Aboriginal tribes, who still maintain their customary links to wonders of nature.
All of us here would like to see more people visiting The Kosciuszko National Park in summer. It is an ideal time to contemplate the landscape and the delicate balance of local wildlife. But this also should be an opportunity to become familiar with the history of Mt Kosciuszko's recording, surveying and documentation.
Perhaps then more people would understand why this mountain was given this particular name by the very person who recorded this mountain and measured its height, while climbing through the thicket with a party that included Aboriginal guides.
|David Broadfield (1L), Oscar Kantor (2P) i Patryk Wasilewski - uczestnicy wyprawy Strzelecki Hike|
oraz Wlodek Wnuk (2L) i konsul Daniel Gromann (Ś). Fot. K.Bajkowski