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Tim Costello – Online gambling and its impact on everyday Australians

February 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for one of our monthly Green Wedge Public Lectures. Green Wedge Public Lectures are proudly supported by Southern Cross Community Church.

Sunday, 26 February 2023.

The topic is “Online gambling and its impact on everyday Australians” by the Rev Tim Costello.



Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.

Tim is the Executive Director of Micah Australia. He is also the Director of Ethical Voice.

For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA).

Other positions Tim currently holds are Senior Advisor for the Centre for Public Christianity, Chair of the Community Council of Australia; Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership. In 2021 he was appointed by Monash University as Chair of the Peninsula Campus Community Advisory Committee.

Tim is a spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

In earlier roles Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed.

Initially, Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland.  He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity.

In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures

His books include:

A Lot with a Little (2019), Faith (2016), Hope (2012), Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).


February 26
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Eltham Senior Citizens Hall
Library Pl,
Eltham, Victoria 3095
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