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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Opal fuel rolled out in Goldfields communities

Date posted: 7 April 2011

An Aboriginal health group in the Goldfields in Western Australia, the Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, says the introduction of non-sniffable fuel in the region will help address escalating rates of petrol sniffing. The comments come in response to an announcement today by the Federal Government that non-sniffable opal fuel will be rolled out to remote communities in the Goldfields following an ongoing community campaign to prevent petrol sniffing. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin says the opal fuel should be available in smaller communities like Menzies, Laverton and Wiluna within a week.


Petrol Sniffing Prevention Program
Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Department of Health and Ageing
MDP 55 GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 5683
Email: petrol@health.gov.au


Last updated: 7 April 2011
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