Australia’s oil and gas industry has paid tribute to Dr Anthony Lynham following his decision to retire from politics at the upcoming Queensland election.
APPEA Chief Executive Andrew McConville applauded Dr Lynham for his outstanding leadership, distinguished parliamentary career and commitment to growing the resources sector.
“The industry applauds Dr Lynham’s achievements in helping to grow the oil and gas sector to create jobs and investment and for always being available to engage with the industry,” Mr McConville said.
“Dr Lynham has been a driving force in opening up regional Queensland for natural gas exploration to supply the east coast domestic market.”
Dr Lynham first entered politics in 2014, and since becoming the Minister for Natural Resources, he has been a strong supporter of the sector and made a positive impact on growing the economy and creating jobs.
“He has always been across his resources brief and will leave an admirable legacy with a growing and diverse oil and gas industry supplying both domestic and international markets,” Mr McConville said.
“On a personal level, Dr Lynham will be sorely missed and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”
The Australian oil and gas industry also welcomed the new Ministry announced by Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner.
APPEA NT Director Keld Knudsen said: “APPEA looks forward to working with the new Ministry, particularly the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison in their new jobs and economy-focused roles as Minister for Major Projects and Territory Economic Reconstruction, and as the Minister for Mining and Industry.
“The Northern Territory is home to a world-class natural gas industry that already makes a substantial contribution to the national and Territory economy and this will grow and continue to for decades to come.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to continue to turn the Territory’s existing and prospective natural resources into long-term prosperity, creating more jobs, driving investment and increasing economic growth.
“With abundant resources, access to key markets in Asia and a skilled workforce, the Territory is well positioned to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic and to capitalise on the emerging opportunities created by increasing global energy demand, particularly in Asia.
“Natural gas is a high value-adding product, and an essential energy source and feedstock for existing and future manufacturing opportunities.
“To support development and growth, the industry needs a stable, predictable and competitive regulatory regime which encourages exploration and development investment.
“We would like to acknowledge the significant contribution made by outgoing Minister for Industry and Primary Resources Paul Kirby. We thank Minister Kirby for his support of the industry over the previous term of Government.
“APPEA and its members look forward to working with the newly formed Government, all members of parliament and the wider community to get back to work and continue delivering significant benefits to all Territorians.”