In the spirit of reconciliation, Royal Life Saving Society Queensland acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Queensland and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; Elders past and present.

Meet the Artist

Quandamooka Country

Ayla Costello is a Traditional Owner from Quandamooka (Moreton Bay), Brisbane, Queensland.

Currently a Year 9 student at Wynnum State High School, she enjoys business and tourism subjects as well as arts and literature. Ayla also pursues her creativity in weekly art classes.

Working alongside Aunts and Uncles, she has built up her skills as an indigenous artist and is growing her understanding of the Jandai language. By spending time with her Grandfather, she has learned the stories of the land and the history of Quandamooka Country.

Ayla has experience in creating artwork for local sports teams and non-for-profit organisations. She has also taught classes at kindergartens, in the hopes to further educate the next generation. Ayla has volunteered at the Quandamooka Festival for Saltwater Murris Quandamooka.


Wanya Yara Bin Yara Bijara, “Where Ocean Meets Lake”

Ayla Costello reflecting on her latest Artwork – Wanya Yara Bin Yara Bijara, “Where Ocean Meets Lake” for Royal Life Saving Queensland.