FORMER journalist Matthew Doman has been named director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

APPEA chief executive Malcolm Roberts said Mr Doman would lead APPEA’s engagement and advocacy in SA and the NT where the oil and gas industry had tremendous prospects for growth.

“A recent study by Deloitte Access Economics confirms that a successful shale gas industry in the NT could eventually create more than 6,000 jobs and boost government revenue by as much as $460 million a year,” he said.

“South Australia has equally exciting possibilities with onshore gas development and offshore petroleum exploration,” Mr Roberts said.

Mr Roberts said that Mr Doman had a strong connection to both SA and the NT as well as extensive experience in the oil and gas industry.

“Matt is a South Australian, born and bred, but has worked around Australia and overseas as a journalist, served as a press secretary to federal cabinet ministers and, for eight years, has held senior roles in corporate affairs at Santos,” he said.

“In recent years, Matt has been particularly focused on Santos’ projects in the Cooper basin and the NT. He has been closely involved with industry, government and regional communities in SA and the NT.”

“APPEA is delighted to have persuaded Matt to join the team to lead our work in these two very important jurisdictions,” he said.

Mr Doman said he was looking forward to working with government, communities, industry and other stakeholders in both SA and the NT.

“These are challenging times for the oil and gas industry, but the continued safe, sustainable development of Australia’s natural resources will bring enormous benefits to the communities where those resources are found,” he said.