Last Update : 3rd April 2017
Welcome to Michael Costello's Webpage - South Blackburn, Melbourne, Australia.

My Bio
Prahran Cricket Club
Volunteer Video Camera Operator & A/V Producer · September 2013 to present

Video taping at Prahran CC matches at Toorak Park and other venues for coaching and highlights, making sponsor ads for online or video scoreboard use and shooting special events. Also editing an audio podcast from season 2014/15.

- True Blues Radio / Prahran Podcast
Aug 2014 to present
Helping with Weekly Podcast by doing Audio Editing and uploading shows to Soundcloud channel.

-Scoreboard and YouTube Sponsor Ads
Sep 2013 to present
Shooting and editing video sponsor ads for the Prahran CC YouTube Channel and video scoreboard at Toorak Park.

- True Blues TV
Sep 2013 to present
Video coverage of Prahran Cricket Club events for
YouTube and DVD - hoping to do match highlights from 2014/15!


- Stonnington Gift
Feb 2015 to present
Volunteer Video Scoreboard Operator - Camera Op / Graphics Op / Tape Op / Director. Also edited video clips of footage recorded for YouTube. Doing Graphics, Replays and Scoreboard Mix for 2016, with help from another Director and Crew. Also edit videos for online and a TV Show for the event.

VideBus
Volunteer- A/V Services
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2004 to present
Community TV Production (until 2007) -Volunteer Video Services, Video Projection and PA Operation for
community/sporting groups.

Blackburn Plastic Cards
Sole Trader
January 2010 to July 2013
Printing of short runs of PVC Plastic Cards.. .

Skate Victoria Inc. - Speed Branch
Former Audio/Video Volunteer
January 2006 to November 2011
Setup and Operation of PA equipment, Video Projector and/or Video Cameras for Inline Speed Skating events (at Dandenong Showgrounds)

- SkatePace TV
In 2009
Recording Inline Speed Skating races on video for
YouTube. Attempt to start Community TV Program (unable to get going for various reasons).

Tramway Museum Society of Victoria
Former Volunteer Tram Conductor / Kiosk Attendant Feb 2004 to Dec 2009 & Nov 2016 to present
I Volunteer as a Tram Conductor and Kiosk Attendant. at the Tramway Museum at Bylands, near Kilmore

Northern Access Television
Former Production Volunteer & Committee Member June 1995 to September 2011
June 2015 to present  - "NAT Chat" &
"Stonnington Gift" TV Special

Volunteer on various NAT productions over the years. Committee Member 1996 to 2010. Resigned from the group in September 2011. Returned as a volunteer 2015

- Inline Plus TV with John Powell
2006 to 2007
Producer of the 2006 pilot episode. Assistant on the 7 half hour episodes in 2007 (mainly adding graphics and duplicating copies for all community TV stations)

- "Trammies - Tracking Tramway Tradition"
In 2003

- "Tram Connies - The story since 1996"
In 2002

- "Fish Talk" for C31 Subscribe-a-thon
In 2001


- "CTV In Bendigo" special
In 1999

- "Transit" Community TV Program
1996 to 1998
Producer of the "Transit" program on C31 Melbourne & Optus LocalVision. Series 1 - Six 15 minute episodes (three on C31). One hour special in 1997. Series 2, Ten 15 minute episodes.

Met Tram
Tram Conductor · June 1993 to February 1995
Worked at South Melbourne Depot (the old one in Kingsway, now demolished), serving the Northern and Southern Suburbs of Melbourne

-Tram Routes Worked
1- East Coburg - South Melbourne Beach,
10 - West Preston - South Melbourne & St.Kilda Beach,
12 - City - South Melbourne & St.Kilda Beach,
15 - Moreland - St.Kilda Beach,
16 - City - St.Kilda Beach,
96 - East Brunswick - St.Kilda Beach,
111 - Exhibition - Port Melbourne (until replaced with route 109 from Kew Depot).


Bendigo Tramways
Volunteer Tram Conductor
November 1989 to June 1993
Once a week volunteer work on the "Talking Tram Tour"

Michael Costello

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Welcome to my webpage!


Hi! I'm Michael Costello from South Blackburn in Melbourne, Australia

A lot in my life has changed since I first posted a website to GeoCities all those years ago!  In recent times, I have left a few community groups and joined new ones to replace them!  Also a lot of details of what I do are on a separate site
videbus.com.au - a  registered business name I use to conduct various activities.

I am currently a Volunteer Video Camera Operator and A/V Producer for the Prahran Cricket Club, a Premier Cricket club.  This level of cricket is one step away from State Level.  Here I make videos for online and video scoreboard use, as well as assisting by editing and uploading a weekly radio podcast "Prahran Podcast" hosted by Nick Morrey and Will Pike.

From 1995 to 2004 & 2015 to now, I am a volunteer for Northern Access Television, a Community Television Production Group that broadcasts its shows on Channel 31, where I also volunteered as a Presentation Operator in the live-to-air Control Room in the Video Tape, Graphics and Audio Departments for a period of time. Read more here, but note that the shows mentioned on the last page were never finished and never aired. But I have since resumed working with the group on the "NAT Chat" program since Mid 2015.

My last Community TV Production for broadcast was the 2016 Stonnington Gift Special that I co-produced with David McLauchlan  While I don't have a long list of credits as a Producer, I have spent many more hours helping other Northern Access TV producers with their productions.  Some shows I worked on include Northern Community News, NAT Chat, Fifteen Fabulous Minutes, Those Too Guys, NAG, Et Cetera and quite a few more including a fair few one-off specials! - Sadly, free to air Community TV will cease in 2016, so all future Community TV shows will need to be on Pay TV.

Apart from the above, I am now enjoying doing videos for online use, not having to stick to the rigid rules of broadcast TV.

For a period of time, I was also a Public Address System operator for Skate Victoria Speed Branch as well, sharing the duties with another member.  He now has the duty to himself again.

I worked as a Tram Conductor between 1993 and 1995 at the now demolished South Melbourne Tram Depot in Kingsway.  It was one step away from my childhood dream job of Tram Driving.  However, my time on the job was not to last, and it was this job (and how and why it ended) that led me to finding out I have Asperger's Syndrome.  I have tried to hold down jobs since then, but with little success.  Therefore, I am currently a Disability Pensioner and Volunteer.  No one on this pension does so by choice  - but I do face quite large barriers to getting and keeping a job. I contribute to society in other ways.

I have a wide variety of interests, including Television and the history of Television, Trams and Buses (despite losing my job), Shooting Videos, Driving around Victoria and beyond, and watching (and later filming) Sport.

Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy your visit, and don't forget to see more at videbus.com.au !

Michael Costello



ABOVE:  Doing camerawork in 2009  -  I was involved in Northern Access TV from 1995 to 2011 & 2015 to now. 

LEFT:  Ten years on…..

This is a shot of me in my "replica" Green Uniform on 17/4/05  -the first day that I used this new clothing at the Tramway Museum.



Thanks to Berensen Tailors for the
uniform. More photos here from 93 - 95.

ABOVE:  My Tarago van  - Taken at Yea.
This has recently replaced my previous one.

ABOVE:  Me skating in Shepparton, Victoria, near the Sports Precinct - December 2009

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