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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Report highlights food supply worries in APY lands

Date posted: 12 April 2012

A report has confirmed many people in the remote Aboriginal lands of South Australia continue to struggle with high food prices.

A review of the SA Government's food security strategy has played down the importance of food gardens in the APY region and focused on the need to improve freight services.

Jonathan Nicholls from UnitingCare Wesley thinks essential data on specific food prices and other costs is missing from the review.

'None of that information in any detail is in the report,' he said.

The six-year food strategy is aimed at improving supply and reducing prices.

Opposition Aboriginal affairs spokesman Duncan McFetridge said there was no way to determine whether progress was being made without information on food prices.

He said a freight subsidy would help reduce prices.

Greens MP Tammy Franks says the Government report is a step in the right direction.

SA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Paul Caica said he would keep working with the Federal Government and local residents on improving food supplies.

Source: ABC


Last updated: 12 April 2012
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