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Regional development

Natural gas is a key driver of economic and infrastructure development in some regions and states.

Queensland’s Surat Basin shows how the development of an onshore gas industry can enhance regional development.

By bringing infrastructure and investment to several rural and regional districts, the oil and gas industry is generating new jobs and strengthening and diversifying regional economies.

Resources developments are not only making regions more prosperous, but also making their communities more stable and socially sustainable.

A successful regional shale gas industry would employ several thousand people in construction, operations, infrastructure and service jobs.

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Economic Benefits

Natural gas is a major contributor to national prosperity.

The Australian oil and gas industry is today building about $200 billion worth of projects – and it has the potential to build another $100 billion worth. Developing Australia’s shale gas resources would help underpin further expansion of gas production for domestic and export purposes.

In 2011-12, the Australian oil and gas industry paid $8.8 billion in taxes ($4.8 billion in corporate taxes and $4 billion in production taxes). This is forecast to reach almost $13 billion in 2020. At a time when government revenues are under pressure, the oil and gas industry’s contribution is very important to the nation’s economic wellbeing.

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Risks & Roadblocks

Did you know Australia’s natural gas industry is in danger of losing its competitive edge? Our reputation as a low-cost energy supplier is under enormous pressure.

Despite the massive investment in Australia’s natural gas industry, $150 billion worth of energy and resource projects stalled in Australia over the last two years.

Now is not the time to impose more costs and uncertainty on natural gas producers. Australia already has more than 150 statutes governing offshore and onshore upstream petroleum activities, regulated by more than 50 government agencies at a national, state and territory level. Inefficient, duplicative and bureaucratic red tape is putting the industry’s expansion at risk.

We have a chance to safely develop the country’s extensive gas reserves to secure our energy future with an abundant, affordable, reliable and cleaner-burning fuel.

However, our future economic success is threatened by people who do not care enough about losing Australian jobs and investment.

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Cleaner Energy

Australia has an estimated 819 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas resources (enough to power a city of one million people for 16,000 years). More gas discoveries are likely.

Natural gas can help reduce greenhouse emissions, both here in Australia and in Asian LNG markets, because it is so much cleaner than traditional sources of energy.

Renewable energy sources, such as solar power and wind power cannot deliver the flexible and continuous power generation that gas provides.

Gas can generate 24/7 power, and can do so while producing greenhouse gas emissions up to 70% lower than those of coal.

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Recent Articles

Onshore gas: a golden opportunity for the NT

17 Aug 2017

Developing the Northern Territory’s onshore gas resources would make the NT and all of Australia stronger and more prosperous.

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Union and Inpex call for NT fracking ban to be lifted

11 Aug 2017

AWU says its members can provide a workforce if the NT fracking moratorium is removed, and Inpex says onshore gas development is a key to satisfying future backfill plans for the Ichthys LNG project.

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Restricting LNG exports to boost domestic gas supply is likely to backfire.

24 Jul 2017

Curbing Queensland LNG exports is a short-term fix that could actually worsen eastern Australia’s gas supply problem.

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Santos-ENGIE South Australian gas supply deal is latest demonstration of gas industry commitment to domestic market https://t.co/ZPEfyOYPcQ
14 August 17, 1:55pm
LNG export controls would jeopardise the future investment that is needed to maintain gas supply. #auspol https://t.co/YoXidSQXkS
11 August 17, 2:56pm
QLD LNG industry has delivered large-scale development of #CSG. Making big contribution to economy & energy security https://t.co/YoXidSQXkS
11 August 17, 2:29pm
LNG exports to surge over next 2 years. Expected to contribute almost ½ percentage point to annual GDP growth: RBA https://t.co/f7hCoofnbu
4 August 17, 3:42pm
2016-17 #LNG exports worth $22.3 billion, up from $16.6B in 2015-16. $12.4B trade surplus: the first since 2011.… https://t.co/8bfaSss1w1
4 August 17, 2:39pm
AWU gas reservation policy would threaten gas supply, push up energy costs & cost union members their jobs. #auspol https://t.co/eOcLU23S6h
28 July 17, 3:43pm
Moyne Shire Council wants conventional gas development in VIC. Region has history of safe, successful gas operations https://t.co/8YipvnyYAf
28 July 17, 9:34am
Moyne Shire Council votes in support of conventional gas development in Victoria. Vote 4 jobs & regional developmen… https://t.co/oJEGzjwYDR
27 July 17, 4:10pm
Restricting LNG exports to boost domestic gas supply could deter the investment needed to maintain current supply https://t.co/uAFm0a1kOD
24 July 17, 1:52pm
QLD provides template that other states can use for safe, sustainable & successful onshore gas development #auspol https://t.co/qV8RfIocF0
14 July 17, 10:28am