Gas industry says thanks to the Western Downs community
LOCAL community members have let industry's national body, Australian Petroleum production and exploration association (APPEA) onto their land, hosted them, were patient with them, welcomed their employees into the communities and given them feedback which has helped better them as a company.
APPEA hosted a free family night at the Chinchilla Golf Club last Wednesday evening where dozens of locals shared food, drink and plenty of laughs with employees from the region's major gas companies at the event.
APPEA Queensland Director Georgy Mayo said the evening was a small token of thanks to the people of the Western Downs for their contribution to Queensland's gas industry.
"Queensland's gas industry wouldn't be the success it is today without the support of the people who have allowed us onto their land and embraced us as part of their community,” she said.
"We do our best to acknowledge that support and partnership every day, but we thought it would be nice to bring everyone together to share a meal and a few laughs in a relaxed atmosphere.
"And it was wonderful to see landholders, contractors, and families come together with the local people from Arrow Energy, Origin and Shell QGC to do just that.”
Ms Mayo said community bonds and personal relationships were the bedrock of the next phase of the gas industry in the region.
"We're here for the long term and we want to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate,” she said.
"That means we want to receive feedback on how we're doing, where we can do better, and how can we continue to collaborate to make sure everyone benefits from the gas industry.
"We hope our family fun night has helped to strengthen existing lines of communication, or create new ones, as we move forward together into an exciting future for the Western Downs.”