First Nations Advisory Committee

Role of the Committee

Sydney WorldPride (SWP) and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) are committed to working closely with First Nations communities to celebrate and elevate First Nations LGBTQI+, Sistergirl and Brotherboy culture. SWP and SGLMG understand the importance of actively promoting equity and equality while working together to build cultural competence and strong relationships between First Nations and our organisations.

The role of the First Nations Advisory committee is to advise and make recommendations to Sydney WorldPride and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on matters relating to First Nations programming. The committee will inform development, implementation, and review of festival planning. The committee will also advise and liaise regarding issues impacting First Nations LGBTQI+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities.

All members of the advisory committee were appointed through an EOI and interview process, by a panel that included PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, SWP First Nations Engagement Officer, SWP First Nations Creative Director - First Peoples and the SWP and SGLMG CEO’s.


First Nations Advisory Committee Members

Esther Montgomery (She/Her) Mardudhunera and Yindjibarndi (Pilbara)
Lee Bevan (He/Him) Nyul Nyul and Kija (Kimberley Region of WA)
Tony Lee (He/Him) Yawuru (WA)
Dwesmond Wiggan Bardi/Jawi Nation of the Dampier Peninsular (WA) 
Keith Quayle (He/Him) Barkindji/ Malyangapa
Jony Berry Palawa Tasmania
Elsie Stuart (She/Her) Biripi (Northern NSW) living on Awabikal Country
Jaleel Jarrett Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung
Colin Ross Jinibara Dala and Bidjara (Sunshine Coast)
Taz Clay Kalkadoon (Mt Isa) and Bwgcolman (Palm Island)
Djarwan Eatock Wiradjuri (NSW) and Gayiri (QLD)
Crystal Johnson Tiwi & Lajamanu (NT)
Desmond Campbell (He/Him) Nglakan (south east Arnhem Land region) and Gurindji (south west of NT)
Ross Fowler Bidigal, Dharawal (NSW), resides in the NT
Sani Townson Samu, Koedal and Dhoeybaw Clans of Saibal Island Torres Strait lives in Sydney
Joanna Agius OAM (She/Her) Narungga South Australia (SA)