Peter Lynch, Australian mining engineer, Died at 52

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Peter Lynch was born on February 1964, and died on January 26, 2017.

He was an Australian mining engineer.

Peter was the second child of Dr Gilbert Lynch and wife Judy.

Peter Lynch attended local Catholic schools, then studied mining engineering at the University of NSW, graduating in 1988.

When he relocated to Queensland to work on coal projects for BHP Billiton, he met his wife Laura, a geologist. The couple have three children.

Durin 1995, Lynch was appointed Mine Manager of MIM’s Oaky North Underground Mine, a poorly-performing mine which he turned into a profitable venture within three years.

Then, the MIM appointed him GM of Lead Zinc Development and by 2002 he was the MD of Australian Premium Coals Pty Ltd. (APC).

He left MIM to work with Gallipoli Mining (a subsidiary of JX Holdings), then was involved in the set-up of Galilee Basin coal giant Waratah Coal in 2006.

Lynch was President and CEO for several years but left, citing family reasons, in 2010, shortly after the buyout of the company by Clive Palmer.

During 2009, Lynch set up a mining exploration company, Cokal Ltd.

Currently, the company has four exploratory projects in Kalimantan, Indonesia and has signed a joint agreement with Tanzoz Resources to develop metallurgical coal exploration in Tanzania.

Lynch also holds an interest in several property developments including Evans Head AirPark, a residential air park development for people who own private planes.

He died with his girlfriend when his private plane, a Grumman G-73 Mallard, crashed into the Swan River during Australia Day celebrations in Perth.

Peter Lynch passed away at 52 years old.

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