Mr Oliver Costello


Oliver is a Bundjalung from the Northern Rivers of NSW and has been actively engaged in Cultural Land Management projects with many Aboriginal communities across Australia. He feels a powerful sense of responsibility to family, communities and country. He believes strongly in the role of Aboriginal culture as a keystone to maintaining livelihoods, supporting identity, connection to country and enabling healthy and regenerative communities to care for country.

He is a founding Director and CEO of the Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation and a visiting fellow at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney. He has a broad range of experience in Cultural fire practices, Aboriginal Joint Management partnerships, Culturally significant and threatened species management and Natural Cultural Resource management. Oliver is also an advisor or director with several organisations and projects. He is passionate about Indigenous leadership, empowerment, partnerships and recognition of cultural knowledge and practice through community led mentorship on Country.

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