Quandamooka traditional owner and prominent advocate Cameron Costello has been appointed First Nations Ambassador for ASM Global Australia.
“Cameron brings a 25-year legacy delivering First Nations arts and cultural policies in Queensland and has extraordinary experience particularly in the tourism and events sector,” said ASM Global Asia Pacific chairman and CEO Harvey Lister.
“His contribution and advice will be pivotal to the group’s reconciliation journey and cultural competency.”
Cameron Costello is Deputy Chair of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Interim Chair of the Queensland First Nations Tourism Council, and has been appointed to Queensland Government’s Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee.
“In terms of what we want to achieve, for me it is around leadership and legacy,” said Costello.
“It is important that there is opportunity for real outcomes for First Nations peoples through training and employment that will empower them to achieve their potential, to help close the gap and improve their quality of life. There are so many amazing opportunities within the structure of ASM Global that can help drive and deliver practical outcomes.”
Costello said there is a once in a lifetime opportunity to harness the growing momentum and recognition across the arts and cultural sectors, politics and language and the acceptance of traditional knowledge.
“Looking towards 2032 I hope we will look back and be able to say we have unlocked a First Nations renaissance period in Australia where we have grown and celebrated our oldest living culture, with Australians from all backgrounds walking together, hand in hand seeing historic moments unfolding,” he said.