AUSTRALIA’S peak industry body for the oil and gas sector has launched a new campaign highlighting the people behind one of the country’s most important resources.

The Bright Sparks program is part of Brighter –  an awareness campaign launched last year by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) as a new way of talking to Australians about the role natural gas plays in their everyday lives.

Brighter has now launched the first group of Bright Sparks as part of the Australian gas industry’s effort to showcase the true breadth and depth of its talent.

Highlighting that the gas industry underpins 80,000 jobs directly and indirectly, Bright Sparks gives the broader public an opportunity to meet the people behind the gas industry.

Through the initiative, Brighter introduces an inspirational group of Bright Sparks from around the country, all working with the natural gas industry, some in ways many may not expect.

From marine biologists to baristas, drone operators to electrical engineers, the faces of Bright Sparks are truly extraordinary people both at work and at home.

You can get to know the ambassadors by clicking here and learning more about those who power our homes and cities every single day.

AMMA is proud the unique stories of member company employees are highlighted in the campaign.

Click on the below links to learn more about their story.

Ishtar Barranco Mendoza: Senior Geologist, Barrow Island & North West Shelf, Chevron Australia

Lucy McParland: Electrical and Instrumentation Apprentice, WPC Group, Exxon Mobil

Marilyn Steel: Social Performance Advisor, Shell – QGC – Gladstone

Mia Savic: Graduate Petroleum Engineer, Santos

Kimberly Walpot: Development Manager Scarborough, Woodside


The Brighter program exists to draw out and champion the positive stories surrounding Australian natural gas, telling these stories through stakeholders and local communities, along with a vast array of digital channels, at local forums, through creative media and at live events.

The campaign is reaching a broad cross-section of Australians, including those completely unfamiliar with the industry, in a way that’s meaningful to them.

Through AMMA’s community of shared interest, we are encouraging members to become involved in APPEA’s program and promote the importance of natural gas.

To help spread the word or just learn more – find and follow Brighter through these channels: