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Oliver Costello

Firesticks Initiative and Jagun Alliance
Oliver is a Bundjalung man from the Northern Rivers and has been actively engaged in Cultural Land Management projects. 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. Was an Indigenous Contributing Author to the Extreme Events Chapter of the 2021 State of Environment Report. Started the Firesticks Initiative and was a founding Director of both the Jagun Alliance Aboriginal Corporation and Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation. Is a board director of the Natural Hazards Research Australia and Vice President of the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education and Community Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and has a broad range of experience in Natural Cultural Resource management, cultural fire practices, Aboriginal Joint Management partnerships, Culturally significant species and threatened species management. Oliver works to support a range of research, policy, advocacy, education and on ground projects. He is passionate about Aboriginal leadership, empowerment, partnerships and recognition of cultural knowledge and practice.