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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Central Australian community to continue to use Opal fuel

Date posted: 19 January 2012

Residents of the Harts Range community in Central Australia have scrapped a plan to bring back unleaded fuel. The residents were concerned that non-sniffable Opal fuel was damaging their cars and machinery, and wanted to reintroduce unleaded petrol.

The Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS) sent independent mechanics to the community to examine the cars. The mechanics found that dirt and rust was causing the damage, not the Opal fuel. Blair McFarland from CAYLUS said that the community was "appreciative that we took away the fuel pumps and got them looked at", and that they had taken on board the scientific information found.


Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS)
4 Elder Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 8070
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8951 4236
Fax: (08) 8952 8521


Last updated: 19 January 2012
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