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Coffey Managing Director John Douglas has congratulated PNG on celebrating 40 years of independence, a significant milestone in the country’s history.

The country officially marks the milestone today, after achieving independence from Australia in 1975.

John said he’d had the privilege to witness PNG’s growth and development, having lived and worked in the country a number of times.

He said the country’s rich natural resources had driven growth, with the mining and oil and gas industries playing a significant role in building skills.

“I’ve seen how the energy and resources sector has developed,” he said.

“But I’ve also seen very real changes to people’s lives.”

Our staff have been sharing their experiences of working in PNG in the lead up to its day of independence.

PNG Incentive Fund Phase IV Deputy Team Leader Justice Gua talked about the great future he saw for PNG.

Business Manager Environmental Social Impact Assessment VIC Dan Moriarty spoke of the reward of working closely with locally based environmental and social scientists.

Associate Environmental Consultant Elouise Collins shared her experience of moving to PNG in 2010, and Senior Environmental Consultant Nelson Sukwianomb  talked about the changes the PNG LNG project is bringing to the country.

Coffey has worked in PNG for 40 years, across the international development, mining and oil and gas industries.

We’ve delivered environmental and geotechnical services to the energy and resources sector.

Coffey has also delivered a range of international development programs, particularly in education and public sector programs.