Polish Firefighters Raise Money

for Australian Bushfire Relief

Regeneration of Kosciuszko National Park commences following generous donation from Polish firefighters

Volunteer firefighters from southern Poland have fundraised over $150,000 AUD for the regeneration and restoration of the Kosciuszko National Park in Australia, after a third of the Park was destroyed by the devastating bushfires.

Part of the Polish Aid for Australia fundraiser – ‘Think globally, act locally’, the gesture was in recognition of Polish-Australian relations, with the Australian national park named after 18th century Polish military leader, General Tadeusz Kościuszko.

President of Poland, Andrzej Duda highlighted that the contribution was “a gift from the heart made by our firefighters to Australia, with the donation taking place in the Presidential Palace – one could say in the heart of the Polish Republic.”

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife has since allocated the donation to NSW National Parks for immediate work, to be complete before the onset of winter.

The project will include erosion control, invasive species control and the recovery of endangered species, such as the Broad Toothed Rat and Mountain Pygmy-Possum (pictured below).