New Mardi Gras has lost its longest-serving board member. Kirk Muddle has resigned to take up new opportunities in Brisbane.
“There’s nothing scandalous in the decision. It’s purely because it’s a little hard for me to sit on a board and be thousands of kilometres away,” Muddle, who is originally from Queensland, told Sydney Star Observer.
Muddle, who had been involved with the parade for 10 years, joined the board five years ago, and spent most of his tenure working as parade coordinator.
“When we first moved to Sydney, it gave us a social network and the ability to meet people,” he said.
He added that he’d stayed on for “love of the organisation, my love of the parade, and the fact that I watched it grow as much as I did. As well as the opportunity to work with great people”.
Despite the ongoing criticism lobbed at New Mardi Gras, Muddle said he found the experience a pleasure, and encouraged others to get involved.
“You have to learn to get a very thick skin,” he admitted. “I haven’t perfected that one, I must say.
“There have been ups and downs — like with any organisation — but overall I’ve had a really good time and I’d encourage other people to take it up.
“There’s no use sitting back and just complaining. You’ve got a chance to get involved, so do it.”
Muddle joked about the pressures involved with juggling a fulltime career with his volunteer role on the board,
“I’ve got seven years of tax returns to catch up on now,” he said. “But I’m pleased with what we achieved.
“My favourite memory is standing at the top of Oxford St with Marcus Bourget as the barricades moved in, watching the crowd and turning to Marcus and saying, ‘We made this happen’. It was a fantastic feeling.”

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