Gold miners returning to their communities is a theme the Australian mining industry is seeing in the aftermath of last week’s tragedy.
“People are coming back home to their townships and communities and that’s a very good thing,” Mr Goldsmith said.
Mr Goldsmith has been mining gold in his family’s mines for about 50 years and said he was proud to have helped support the community.
“We’re doing this for a living and we’ve got to support our communities,” he said.
“I think there’s been a lot of positive feedback.
The community has been very supportive and it’s really exciting.”
Mr Goldsellers family have been working to rebuild the mining community after the tragedy, with community members donating to a fund set up to help fund new housing for the community in their home town of Westport.
“It’s a bit of a shock,” he laughed.
“People just kind of want to see people back at home and they want to feel connected to the community again,” he added.
“That’s the main thing I’m looking forward to with the community is getting back to being at home again.”
In addition to the new housing, the community has also been working with the federal Government to get a new $4.5 million grant to fund an Indigenous community development plan.
It will fund the first three houses for the Goldsmiths in their community, which are set to be ready in 2019.
A spokesman for the Federal Government said the grant was for a number of areas, including the new community housing, and was being applied for in the State.
“This grant is designed to support Aboriginal communities to achieve sustainable housing, provide financial and technical support to communities and build new and better housing,” the spokesman said.
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