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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Date posted: 11 December 2014
A key piece of infrastructure in the rollout of low-aromatic fuel designed to combat petrol sniffing in the Northern Territory (NT) has been launched in Darwin, with the repurposing of a bulk storage tank.
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, said the eight-million-litre tank at East Arm meant a regular supply of low-aromatic fuel was now available to communities across the Top End ahead of the fuel being rolled out to several towns and communities in the near future.
For the first time, the NT has its own supply of the fuel, which is a central part of a national strategy to combat petrol sniffing.
Petrol sniffing dropped by up to 94% in areas where low-aromatic fuel was available, Senator Scullion's office said.
'This is a very practical solution to a gap in the strategy because there was some tension around actually ensuring that the fuel was arriving in the communities in a timely fashion,' Senator Scullion said.
He said the fuel will be rolled out in communities that have already been identified as having a petrol sniffing problems, starting with Katherine and Tennant Creek.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation