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' November Prayer Points
As restoration continues on the oldest church in the North West, give thanks that the roof on Holy Trinity Roebourne was completed before the cyclone season. The building has now been rescued for future generations.