The 7th annual charity lunch for MATES in Construction Queensland was held on Wednesday 5th October.
Thanks to major sponsors CSQ, the lunch was a resounding success.
Over 350 people from the Queensland construction industry attended the event and shared in the celebrations. The lunch saw Grace Grace, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations acknowledged the important work of MATES in the Queensland construction industry. Mick de Brenni, Minister for Housing and Public Works, and Mark Bailey, Minister for Main Roads also attended to show their support.
Nadine Champion gave a moving speech about her life experiences in her professional fighting career and how 10 seconds of courage can change a life.
MATES in Construction QLD CEO, Jorgen Gullestrup announced the research showing while Queensland Construction suicide rates were falling, the male suicide rates in Queensland in general were going up. He highlighted that 0.009% of the work place health and safety levy could reduce suicide by a further 7% within Queensland. He also announced, a National Working Group has formed to develop a Mental Health Framework for suicide prevention within the construction industry.
Once again, thank you to our major sponsor CSQ; Entertainment sponsor Total Construction, Food and Drink sponsors ETU and CBUS; and to POMO for providing the graphic design. We would also like to thank Lendlease, Plumbers Union, QBCC, AMWU, Converge International, Hindmarsh, Multiplex, Master Plumbers Association of Queensland, CS Energy, and MHPS Plant Services for purchasing supporter packs at the lunch.