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Woman behind watershed non-sniffable fuel rollout in Central Australia honoured 10 years on

Date posted: 27 October 2016

In the ten year anniversary since the roll out of non-sniffable Opal fuel in Central Australia and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands, the woman who led the fight against petrol sniffing has reflected on her triumphant campaign directed at the Federal Government. 

For decades petrol sniffing devastated the beloved Aboriginal communities of fuel campaigner Janet Inyika. Ms Inyika fought tirelessly to introduce non-sniffable low aromatic fuel, known as Opal.

Through a Pitjantjatjara interpreter, Ms Inyka said that 'The petrol sniffing problem was like a monsoon rain that flowed down and affected everyone.'

In a wheelchair, Janet Inyika wears a yellow carnation, the same type of flower she held during the launch of Opal fuel in Amata in the remote APY Lands of South Australia's far north in 2005. Back then she had everyone wearing the yellow flower, the colour of the fuel, as a symbol of change.

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Last updated: 27 October 2016
 
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