Tasmania’s parliament has paid tribute to a miner and father-of-two killed in an underground earth collapse earlier this year.
Cameron Goss, 44, was driving a loader at Henty Gold Mine on the state’s west coast in January when it was crushed by rocks.
His funeral is being held on Tuesday at the nearby town of Queenstown, where he lived.
“We send condolences to his wife Christine and his children as well as his broader family,” Premier Peter Gutwein told state parliament on the first day of the sitting year.
“Whilst accidents like this test the fabric of communities like the west coast, we all stand with them at times like these.”
It took several weeks and a complex mission to recover Mr Goss’s body from the mine, which has resumed partial operations.
“Cameron’s sudden death was a shock to all of us but I can only imagine what that day must have been like for his family,” Labor opposition leader Rebecca White said.
“When the news broke about the tragedy there was a collective pause across the state.
“The death of Cameron was a terrible and heartbreaking tragedy. We pay our deepest respects to him.”
Mr Goss’s family posted a death notice in the The Advocate newspaper after his body was found.
“Somewhere in my dreams tonight, I’ll see you standing there. You look at me with a smile. Life isn’t always fair,” Christine wrote.
Queenstown was shaken six years ago when three workers died in two separate incidents at the Mt Lyell copper mine.