Pay­out for mine deaths

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

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.

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