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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Federal Government forums on Opal fuel rollout in Kimberley region

Date posted: 8 December 2011

The Federal Government has held a series of meetings in Western Australia's Kimberley region to work out where it should rollout Opal fuel next. Opal fuel produces less fumes than regular petrol and has helped reduce petrol sniffing in some Aboriginal communities in central Australia, including certain Kimberley communities.

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, says police, local government and health workers attended the meetings to give feedback on the prospective roll-out of Opal fuel in their communities. The consultations occurred in Kununurra, Wyndham, Warmun, and Halls Creek, with further forums intended over the next six months. A spokesman for the Minister says there may also be future consultation in other regions to extend the rollout of Opal fuel.


Parliament House
House of Representatives
Parliament House
PO Box 6022
Canberra ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6277 7380
Fax: (02) 6273 4117

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


Last updated: 8 December 2011
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