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APPEA welcomes new Mines and Petroleum Minister for Western Australia

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The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) has released a statement congratulating Peter Tinley on his appointment as the Minister for Mines and Petroleum in the new Western Australian Government.

Stedman Ellis, APPEA Chief Operating Officer – Western Australia, said: “Peter Tinley understands that a strong and vibrant oil and gas sector is vital to the WA economy.

“The sector directly employs around 20 000 Western Australians, provides contracts worth more than $8 billion for local companies and generates around $1 billion a year in revenues for the State.

“While the industry – and WA – have been hit hard by the end of the construction boom and the collapse in global commodity prices, the long-term future for oil and gas is bright.

“It is important, however, that the new WA Government implement policies that encourage investment and growth.

“The industry congratulates Premier Mark McGowan and his colleagues on their election victory last weekend and looks forward to working with the new government to grow the economy and provide new jobs and opportunities for WA.”

Ellis also thanked Bill Johnston – the outgoing Shadow Minster for Mines and Petroleum – for his support and wished him success in his new portfolio.

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