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The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) has welcomed the appointment of Keith Pitt as Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia.

APPEA Chief Executive, Andrew McConville, said, “APPEA looks forward to working with Minister Pitt as he familiarises himself with the portfolio. He will bring fresh thinking and energy to an industry that is vital to all Australians.” 

Mr McConville said that as a regional Queenslander, Keith Pitt knows first-hand the vital contribution the resources sector makes to regional communities. Over the past decade, Queensland has grown to become an energy powerhouse, delivering natural gas to the east coast energy market and export partners.

Mr Pitt will take over stewardship of the resource portfolio from Senator Canavan, who spent over four years in the role. APPEA looks forward to ongoing policy consistency.

“We look forward to continuing the constructive dialogue and engagement with Minister Pitt that we have had with previous resources ministers, including Senator Canavan and that he can continue the good work undertaken by the government in this important portfolio,” Mr McConville said. 

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