Mel Schwerdt (she/her)


Mel’s vision is to experience our festivals not as an exception, but as a celebration of our communities’ everyday.

Mel’s CV includes a Master of Business, complementing degrees in justice administration, accountancy, law and project management, providing a basis for 25 years of accomplishments in public service and private industry, first responder engagement, stakeholder liaison and management, creative implementation of statewide and national public policy.

Mel Schwerdt (she/her)


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we celebrate and work.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges that our events take place on Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidigal, Darug and Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.