The Building Industry Digs Deep


The Building Industry Digs Deep
CFMEU, Westfield and Bovis Lend Lease lay solid foundations for more SRI research

NSW Minister for Health Maurice Iemma takes the stand at the Westfield Bondi Junction site, supported by fellow
speakers (L-R) Philip Ward, Dick and Judy Whitehead, and DonMcDonald.

Inspired by the efforts of SRI’s Don McDonald, construction industry unions and management continued their support for schizophrenia research at two major Sydney sites.

On 29 May, NSW Minister for Health Morris Iemma addressed a mass meeting jointly organised by Westfield and the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Energy Union (CFMEU) at the Westfield
site in Bondi Junction. He emphasised that schizophrenia has a higher death toll in Australia than AIDS, SIDS and MS combined, but the other illnesses get more publicity and support. Other speakers included Mrs Judy Whitehead who spoke movingly of the schizophrenia-related
suicide of her son.

Westfield Director of Construction Tony Sulsters presented a $25,000 cheque to Prof. Philip
Ward. Together with donations from contractors and on-site CFMEU members, the money is to go towards a campaign target of $75,000 to fund a 3-year PhD research scholarship investigating the link between schizophrenia, and ‘street’ drugs such as cannabis.

Jackson’s Landing Workers Dig Deep

The second construction site fundraising venue was the Bovis Lend Lease project at Jackson’s Landing in Pyrmont. On 23 May, speakers from Bovis Lend Lease, CFMEU and SRI addressed
the 350 strong audience at an on-site lunchtime BBQ. A donation cheque of $15,000 was presented on behalf of on-site workers – the first of many expected from the site.