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Sale of regular unleaded fuel now illegal on Palm Island

Date posted: 10 December 2015

The Australian Government, with the support of the Palm Island community in Queensland (Qld), has made the sale of regular unleaded fuel on the island illegal.

A Legislative Instrument signed by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, under the Low aromatic fuel act 2013 has been registered, making the sale of petrol on the island illegal. It is the first time an area has been designated as a low aromatic fuel area under the Act.

'The roll out of low aromatic fuel is a high priority for the Australian Government as part of a proven strategy to reduce harmful petrol sniffing,' said Minister Scullion. 'Stopping the sale of regular unleaded fuel will make a big impact on petrol sniffing and the damage it does to the health and safety of families on Palm Island, and will show other communities that low aromatic fuel is a better option. The health and wellbeing of children must come first.'

There are now more than 150 locations in remote and regional areas in Qld, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory that sell low aromatic fuel.

Source: indigenous.gov

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Last updated: 10 December 2015
 
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