THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
13 April 2011
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon MP, and BP held an information session with Aboriginal health professionals from across Western Australia today to raise awareness about the benefits of low aromatic Opal fuel.
Speaking today at the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia annual conference, Mr Snowdon said an Australian Government subsidy means Opal fuel will be available at the same price as regular unleaded petrol.
Mr Snowdon said Opal fuel is a direct substitute for regular unleaded fuel, delivering a comparable performance to regular unleaded.
“Opal fuel contains advanced fuel technology which can help to break down the sooty deposits which ordinary fuels can leave behind.
“Independent testing without an aftermarket additive has proven new and improved Opal fuel to be safe for cars and boats which are compatible with regular unleaded,” he said.
Mr Snowdon said this latest rollout is part of a national push to curb petrol sniffing in regional and remote communities.
“Community information days held last week in Kalgoolie, accompanied by advertisements in local newspapers, publications, and on radio, were very effective in raising community awareness about the damage to people’s health from petrol sniffing,” he said.
More community information days will be held in Western Australia over the coming month.
“Opal fuel works. Where it has been introduced around Australia, there has been a significant decrease in petrol sniffing. In some regions, the introduction of Opal fuel has reduced petrol sniffing by up to 94 per cent.
“The impact of petrol sniffing goes much wider than its immediate effects on the health and wellbeing of the individual sniffing. Vandalism, thefts and domestic violence are all part of the economic and social devastation it causes within communities.
“Petrol sniffing can destroy lives. Opal fuel helps to save them,” Mr Snowdon said.
The Australian Government has committed $83.8 million to tackle petrol sniffing, which includes the expansion of Opal fuel to at least 39 new retail sites across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland. Opal fuel is already available in 110 sites around Australia.
Mr Snowdon announced that low aromatic Opal fuel would be distributed to parts of the Goldfields region of Western Australia later this month.
For more information, contact Mr Snowdon’s office (02) 6277 7820