Payout for mine deaths
THE family of Charters Towers man and Pike River mine victim Josh Ufer has welcomed the establishment of trust funds for relatives but still hope they will get their son’s body back.
Donations given to a relief fund in the wake of the disaster in New Zealand late last year will be split between the families of the 29 men killed, with each receiving at least $ 139,000.
Families with legal dependents would also rec e i v e a n a d d i t i o n a l $ 11,000 a dependent, trust c h a i r ma n a n d G r e y - mouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said.
M r U f e r ’ s m o t h e r Joanne said she was glad the money was being placed in trust funds so each family could decide how the money could be best used depending on their individual circumstances.
She said she was saddened by t he Christchurch earthquakes but hoped the Pike River families would still get answers eventually and could properly bury their loved ones.