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The Federal Government has announced Palm Island will be the first Indigenous community in Queensland to receive Opal fuel. The Mayor of Palm Island, Alf Lacey, says a rollout of non-sniffable petrol on the island will be accompanied by community support programs to curb substance use rates.
He says the initiative will save young people's lives. 'If we have a very young population walking around sniffing, then we won't have a future and certainly I think it's really important we have our own community strategies that deals with it in terms of rolling out programs, shifting towards a better approach dealing with substance abuse or petrol sniffing,' he said.
Source: ABC news