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Talking Deadly with Oliver Costello: Firesticks

Oliver Costello drew a sold-out audience to the Glasshouse of the Library on Wednesday 31 May for the second Talking Deadly event on the Firesticks initiative.

Oliver is a Bundjalung man and Project Officer in Aboriginal Heritage and Joint Management at the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Oliver shared his knowledge about the ways in which fire – or cultural burning – sustains country, culture and community.

Firesticks, which Oliver co-founded in 2009, facilitates training to understand the impact to the environment of cultural burning practices, which in turn empowers communities to maintain resilient landscapes and protect their cultural heritage.

Oliver’s talk was so engaging that it sparked a very lively Q&A session with the audience which we are certain could have run well into the night!

We thank Oliver for his excellent talk and for being a part of the Talking Deadly program.


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Oliver Costello, speaker of the Talking Deadly May event