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New WA Mines and Petroleum Minister

A new Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Veterans Issues; and Youth has been appointed to the Western Australian Government.

Peter Tinley has been appointed as the new minister.

APPEA Chief Operating Officer – Western Australia, Stedman Ellis, said the industry looked forward to working with the new minister to develop jobs and economic opportunities for WA.

“Peter Tinley understands that a strong and vibrant oil and gas sector is vital to the WA economy,” Mr Ellis said.

“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.”

Mr Ellis also thanked the outgoing Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, for his support and wished him every success in his new portfolio.

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