OUR CITY OUR FUTURE: Nathan Costello
NATHAN Costello has spent his life in the court system, from hard-courts and grass-courts to the judicial kind.
Born in Brisbane in 1980, Mr Costello came to Warwick with his family at six months old.
The youngest of four children, Mr Costello grew up in a sporty family, joining siblings Martin, Darren and Kylie for tennis lessons when he was seven years old.
This started a lifelong passion for the sport, both on the court and off.
"We had private family lessons on the St Mary's courts with Marilyn Mulvaney,” he said.
"Anyone who played sport in Warwick in the 1980s and 1990s will remember her and husband Ron.
"I wasn't an outstanding tennis player but picked up a few local titles over the years in doubles.
"It was the same with most sports, I was handy without being amazing.”
School suited Mr Costello, and he excelled at maths from an early age.
"It was a natural talent, it probably helped having those older brothers and sisters and my parents were both good with the numbers,” he said.
"Maths was a passion right through my schools years and after I finished Year 12 at Warwick High, I took off to uni in Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Science, majoring in statistics.”
By the end of his second year at uni, Mr Costello said he realised statistics wasn't the career path for him and returned to Warwick to find work.
"I wanted an office job, that's what I thought I'd be good at,” he said.
"In a bank or the public services.
"It was simply a lucky break that landed me a job at the Warwick Courthouse about 17 years ago.
"I had a basic idea of what the court system was about, but I really had no idea about how complex of an operation it all is.”
In the early 2000s Mr Costello turned his attention to volunteering.
"I was still playing a lot of tennis,” he said.
"I'd never really stopped, even at uni I returned to Warwick every weekend to play.
"So I started helping out behind the scenes where I could and my passion for that and involvement grew and grew over the years.”
Mr Costello said his administrative skills came in handy not only for the Warwick Tennis Association, but for other organisations around town.
"I managed to score a few grants for the club and word spread and I started helping other groups apply for funding,” he said.
"I did some for the bowls clubs, Warwick Community Kindy, Lions Club of Warwick and Killarney Rec Club and others, securing more than $300,000 in grants for the community over the years.
"I do it because I enjoy it.
"I think you're either a volunteer or you're not, you're community-minded or not.
"I think watching my mum help out with various organisations was a inspiration for me to do the same in later years.”
In 2015, Mr Costello won the Tennis Queensland Geoffrey E.Griffith Volunteer of the Year award, a moment of which he is proud.
"That certainly increased my motivation to keep going,” he said.
Today Mr Costello still works at the Warwick Courthouse as a court services officer and last year was recommended for the role of local returning officer for the 2017 state election.
"That was a very full on six weeks of work,” he said.
"But it's the kind of work I love doing, so it was a great challenge and very rewarding.”