Jack Munday, 16 Years Old, Died in a Rollover Crash on a Carlsbad Street
Jack Munday, 16, died after being involved in a rollover crash in Carlsbad and many people attended his memorial service, making the event emotional as friends and family spoke of memories from that tragic night.
He enjoyed skateboarding, surfing and baseball; in addition to serving as big brother to his younger siblings.
Early Life and Education
Jack Munday grew up in North Queensland as one of five siblings. At age 8, he started surfing, and soon asked to visit the beach daily.
He was an influential voice on a host of issues ranging from safety reform on construction sites, feminism and international politics. During the 1970s he led New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation in enforcing 40 ‘green bans’ that protected Sydney’s heritage spaces from overdevelopment.
Over two decades, he has worked as part of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT), providing emotional and spiritual assistance in crisis situations around the globe. This work has brought him to some of the most devastated places such as Newtown and Virginia Tech to assist those in need.
Jack Mundey found a home within trade unions, particularly the Builders Labourers Federation. As president, he championed numerous reforms such as safety on construction sites as well as wider issues like feminism and gay rights. Furthermore, he was an environmentalist fighting to preserve Sydney landmarks such as Historic sites.
He played an instrumental role in helping transform the BLF into a democratic members run union and pioneered the Green Ban movement – an early precursor of social movement unionism and later, Greens Party of Australia.
Munday was also a writer and advocate for those grieving their child’s death, co-authoring Surviving the Death of a Child with his wife Fran and actively involved with a bereavement support group. Additionally, Munday co-founded Prosperity Financial Advisors & Stockbrokers with Newman and Jasper de Zoeten but left later due to disagreements about its rate of growth.
Achievement and Honors
Tamarack State Beach was home to an emotional memorial created to remember a beloved member of their community, featuring a picture frame with many candles to honor their friend.
Jack was an indefatigable advocate on issues from worker safety reform to international solidarity movements, with one of his crowning achievements being rebuilding of BLF as a democratic members-run union – something which laid the foundation for his life-long social movement unionism.
Jack served on Sydney City Council from 1984 to 1987 as a representative of a resident action group and championed environmental and urban issues as well as threats to historic sites in Sydney. Through his Green Bans movement he saved many low-cost renters from eviction while protecting whole communities from disruption and dislocation.
Jack Munday was an eclectic individual. A writer and activist in politics, he believed strongly in the power of individuals to improve their lives through individual change; while also criticizing unchecked profit-driven development.
Jack had an outstanding work ethic and passion for surfing. As a freshman at Carlsbad High School he participated in both varsity track and cross country teams where his speed and stamina shone through.
He was an ardent environmentalist and led the Green Ban movement in Australia, saving inner city tenants from eviction and disrupted communities from disruption. Additionally, he was involved in issues from urban planning to international politics and feminism – in addition to opposing threats to historic Sydney sites he was also an ardent supporter of unions.
Jack Munday was an enthusiastic surfer who found great enjoyment in being on the water. He spent most of his life at the beach surfing the warm waves and being part of the BGEA Rapid Response Team which traveled to areas affected by natural disasters.
Born in North Queensland and moving to Sydney at 19, he pursued a rugby league career before switching to union – eventually becoming one of the key members of the Builders Labourers Union.
Munday not only excels professionally but he also finds time for philanthropy. His involvement with various charitable organizations displays his commitment to making an impactful difference in the world – truly making an impressionful impression upon many lives around him.