Wickham is a small town located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, about 50 kilometres east of Karratha. The town of Wickham services Cape Lambert – Rio Tinto’s largest port facility for the export of iron ore. Mining is therefore the main industry among the town’s 2500 residents and the over 2000 fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers. There is a high level of disposable income among many of the population, but such wealth has given rise to many problems; notably binge drinking among young people. The seaside hamlet of Port Sampson, men’s and women’s prisons and the Aboriginal town of Roebourne – the capital city for Indigenous tribes in the north west – are all located nearby.
Richard Goscombe and his wife Tracy moved to the West Australian mining town of Wickham in 2009, becoming the town’s first Anglican Rector in a decade.
There is much segregation in the community between black and white, company and non-company, management and workers, fly-in fly-out workers and permanent residents. In spite of this, Richard has been privileged to have doors open to minister to the people.
They have three adult children: Rachel, Josh and Sarah.
The Goscombes' October Prayer Points
Pray for the team’s resilience when people take backward steps as they come out of dysfunction (family problems, relapse with addictions, re-entry from prison, mental illness, etc). May we be full of humility and grace, speaking the truth in love.