HOW DO YOU TELL TWO GIRLS THEIR DAD IS NOT COM­ING HOME? FAM­ILY’S TRIB­UTE TO ‘MUCH LOVED’ MACKAY DAD:

Daily Mercury - - FRONT PAGE - Troy Kip­pen troy.kip­pen@dai­ly­mer­cury.com.au

I know all that was on his mind when com­ing home was to see his two girls and his partner

— Brother, An­drew Lange

“HOW do you tell a five-year-old and a three-year-old that their dad is not com­ing home?”

That’s the ques­tion An­drew Lange had after he was told that his older brother, Trevor Lange, was found dead in the floor of his room at the Hail Creek work­ers’ camp in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing.

The Mackay fa­ther-of-two was work­ing at Hail Creek when his body was dis­cov­ered at the mine work­ers’ camp about 2am on Thurs­day.

The dis­cov­ery has left the fam­ily in shock and seek­ing an­swers.

While the fam­ily has been told about how he was found, they still do not have any in­for­ma­tion on the cause of death.

An­drew said the death of his 33-year-old brother was sud­den and un­ex­pected.

“I know all that was on his mind when com­ing home (from Bowen Basin) was to see his two girls and his partner,” An­drew said.

There has been an out­pour­ing of grief for the fa­ther of two who lived in Mackay.

“The amount of peo­ple who have con­tacted us to pass on con­do­lences; we know he was well loved,” An­drew said.

“He left us with­out a sin­gle en­emy.”

An­drew said his older brother was “out­go­ing” and al­ways had a good sense of hu­mour.

“He was the life of the party,” An­drew said. “If you were feel­ing down, Trevor was the one to lift you up.”

The cause of death is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

A spokesper­son for Rio Tinto, who owns the mine, said it was sup­port­ing fam­ily and col­leagues.

“A per­son at Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek mine sadly passed away on Wed­nes­day night at the vil­lage camp,” a Rio Tinto spokesper­son said.

“Rio Tinto ad­vised the rel­e­vant author­i­ties and will as­sist them as re­quired.

“Rio Tinto is work­ing with the per­son’s em­ployer and they are pro­vid­ing sup­port for his fam­ily and col­leagues dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

Ac­cord­ing to his so­cial me­dia, Trevor was work­ing for Quick Break Clean­ing Tech­nolo­gies (QBCT) at Hail Creek.

Nebo po­lice were also called to the scene.

Creek mine worker 33-year-old Hail un­ex­pect­edly. died

Trevor Lange

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FAM­ILY: Trevor Lange with his two daugh­ters.

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