From Monday 6 August, low aromatic fuel has been available for sale in Darwin, in a win for remote communities in the region battling petrol sniffing.
The Shell Coles Express service station in Winnellie has become the first site in Darwin to stock low aromatic fuel, joining around 175 other outlets across the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said that low aromatic fuel was a proven success in reducing harm.
“Petrol sniffing can have a major impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, their families and entire communities.
“Research has shown that the rollout of low aromatic fuel has reduced the instance of petrol sniffing by 88 per cent in communities with low aromatic fuel since 2005. We know that a comprehensive regional approach works best, which is why I am pleased that low aromatic fuel is now available from one outlet in Darwin.
“This will allow anyone travelling to communities from Darwin to fill up with low aromatic fuel, or take low aromatic fuel with them for use in small engines such as boat engines or lawn mowers. Low aromatic fuel is already available in almost all Northern Territory communities outside of Darwin.
“This is good news for communities, visitors and contractors or other workers bringing machinery and fuel into communities.
“The Australian Government helps to reduce the impact of petrol sniffing through the supply of low aromatic fuel, working in partnership with fuel manufacturers, retailers, distributors and mechanics.
“I commend Viva Energy Australia for their work to make low aromatic fuel available in Darwin, which will help to improve health and wellbeing in remote communities.”
Scott Wyatt, CEO of Viva Energy Australia said, “We are incredibly proud to have supported the government’s petrol sniffing prevention program since 2007, and over the past four years we have been manufacturing the product at our Geelong refinery and supplying it into the Northern part of Australia.
Having LAF now available at the Shell Coles Express Winnellie service station in Darwin is an important step for people filling up in Darwin before heading to remote communities.”