Reducing petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities

The Australian Government's response to two Senate Inquiries, released last week, shows the introduction of Opal fuel led to a significant decrease in petrol sniffing in regional and remote Indigenous
communities. Currently, 106 communities, roadhouse and other fuel outlets are receiving Opal fuel across regional and remote Australia. The Evaluation of the Impact of Opal fuel (2008-09) reported a 70 per cent drop in petrol sniffing across the sample communities between baseline and follow up data collections. In this year*s Budget, the Government provided an additional $38.5 million over four years to strengthen the delivery of Opal fuel including addressing fuel storage and distribution issues.

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