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Regular unleaded fuel now banned in two NT communities

Date posted: 23 February 2016

The Federal Government has banned regular unleaded fuel in communities around Katherine and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory (NT) as a means of reducing rates of petrol sniffing. It is now illegal to supply, transport or possess regular unleaded fuel in the two regions.

The Federal Government is supplying Low Aromatic Fuel (LAF) as a replacement. Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, said he expected petrol sniffing rates in the Tennant Creek and Katherine regions to go down by 90 percent now the sale of regular petrol was illegal. 'The Australian Government is rolling out LAF to these communities as part of a proven strategy to reduce harmful petrol sniffing,' he said. 'We have been working with stakeholders and community organisations from Katherine in the north down to Tennant Creek and will continue to do so to ensure there is a smooth transition to these new arrangements.'

Minister Scullion said petrol sniffing had fallen by up to 88 percent in regions where LAF had been made available. 'LAF has a proven track record and is available in more than 150 locations across remote and regional areas of Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.'

Source: ABC News, Minister for Indigenous Affairs

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