A New Zealander has died in an
underground rockfall accident at an Australian mine.
Wayne Fowlie, 59, had been working at Central Norseman Gold's
Harlequin mine, 200km south of Kalgoorlie, in the Goldfields
region, when he was killed early on Saturday morning.
The father-of-three, grandfather, and long-distance runner
was just months after from retiring to a plot of land he'd
bought back in his homeland, The West Australian
"He was one of the nicest guys in town," neighbour Sharne
Pietersen told the paper.
"Everybody knew him. He would give you the shirt off his
Mr Fowlie's daughter Mindy received the news while on
She posted a tribute photograph of her dad on Facebook
Mr Fowlie's son Trent, who also lives in Kalgoorlie, was
stunned to hear his dad had died.
On Saturday, he posted on Facebook that he had "just received
the worst news" and was alerting other family members that
his dad had died in a mining accident.
"Don't know a lot of details but am trying to get some. R.I.P
dad, you will be missed."
The WA Department of Mines and Petroleum sent inspectors to
the site on Sunday while mine operations were halted for an
investigation to be carried out.
One friend, Sharne Pietersen Douglas said Mr Fowlie was "a
"[He] always managed to cheer me up and was one of the most
genuine people I've ever met."
- By Kurt Bayer of