BRISBANE - PAUL Quodling OBE, who was associated with the development and operations of Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) for 20 years, has died aged 90.
Mr Quodling entered the mining industry in 1956 with Rio Tinto and in 1966 was appointed to the project team responsible for the feasibility work on the Panguna project.
He and his late wife Pamela moved to Arawa in 1971 as the mine moved into its operational phase.
Quodling held senior positions in administration and community relations before his appointment as general manager in 1977 and managing director in 1982.
Shortly before his retirement in 1987, Quodling was awarded an OBE for his outstanding service to commerce, public and community affairs.
“Paul was instrumental in making BCL at the time one of the world’s leading mining operations,” said BCL chairman Robert Burns.
“He invested in people and strongly supported employee training and development which provided a capable workforce to the further benefit of PNG following the closure of the Panguna mine.
“When many think of Bougainville Copper during this period, they think fondly of Paul and Pam Quodling, who made such a terrific team, complementary and supportive in so many ways,” Mr Burns said.
Former PNG prime minister and current BCL board member, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, said: “I knew Paul and he was a very good friend of PNG and Bougainville. May God rest his soul.”