Indigenous Community Impact Award for Cameron Costello

25 September 2020

Indigenous Community Impact Award winner Cameron Costello is passionate about protecting the natural biodiversity of Country.

The University of Queensland graduate - Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2005 - was among the 2020 UQ Alumni Award winners announced in late September.

Indigenous Community Impact Award winner Cameron Costello

Mr Costello is a Quandamooka man and is currently the CEO of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC).

QYAC is a Registered Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) created under the Native Title Act 1993 to manage the recognised Native Title rights and interests of the Quandamooka People.

In this role, Mr Costello is responsible for balancing the competing demands of achieving sustainable economic outcomes while ensuring the interests of the Quandamooka People are represented.

QYAC has three key strategic goals; to secure the Quandamooka Estate, to engage and protect the Quandamooka knowledge and to become self-sufficient.

Mr Costello works closely with the Quandamooka People and Elders, Government and industry to progress strategic plans while focusing on sustainable and culturally-appropriate economic development.

This includes jointly managing national parks and running successful 100% Aboriginal-owned camp grounds on both Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island).

“There’s a growing awareness and collaboration from all areas of government to work with First Nations people to allow them to become active participants and active custodians, together," he says.

Mr Costello previously spent four years working with the Queensland Government as the Program Manager for Backing Indigenous Art, a four-year $11.2 million initiative for developing a sustainable Indigenous arts industry in Queensland.

In this role Mr Costello worked on developing the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and the Djumbunji Press Printmaking Centre, as well as building a Skills and Opportunities Grants Program.

Mr Costello sits on the Boards of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, the Queensland Koala Advisory Council and is a Director of the Moreton Bay Foundation.