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Date posted: 29 November 2013
The remote Goldfields town of Laverton in Western Australia has celebrated the reopening of their supermarket, and noted its importance as a healing of the past and a new beginning for the township.
The newly refurbished supermarket is saving the town’s residents from a 300km round trip to buy their groceries and has created jobs for four local Indigenous residents who are now employed at the supermarket.
The stores reopening also provides the locals access to a choice of healthy food, crucial in reducing the high rates of infant mortality and preventable, diet-related illnesses such as diabetes and renal and heart disease that are common in remote Indigenous communities.