In partnership with the Federal Government’s National Indigenous Advancement Strategy, Viva Energy is proud to supply up to 40 million litres per annum of low aromatic fuel to in the northern half of Australia (targeting regions across the Northern Territory, East Kimberley, Cape York, the Gulf of Carpentaria and Central Australia).
The National Indigenous Australians Agency has a long-term commitment to low aromatic fuel supply as part of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. Viva Energy support helps reduce petrol sniffing in regional and remote areas, including some Indigenous communities where it has been identified as a problem.
The support of the Federal Government enables Viva Energy to offer LAF for sale to wholesale customers at the same price as regular unleaded petrol (ULP91). LAF, has been specially designed to contain lower levels of the aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene.
LAF, has a minimum octane rating of 91 so it can be used in any engine in which manufacturers recommend the use of regular unleaded 91 fuel. This includes cars, boats and small engines such as lawn mowers, whipper snippers, generators, chainsaws, motor bikes and all-terrain vehicles. LAF help regional and remote communities overcome the devastating effects that petrol sniffing can have on the whole community. Petrol sniffing is a form of substance misuse and this dangerous activity can cause a number of serious health impacts, including brain damage or death.
By replacing regular unleaded fuel, LAF is helping to reduce petrol sniffing. Recent research conducted by the University of Queensland found that petrol sniffing has reduced by up to 95 per cent in communities with low aromatic fuel that have been surveyed since 2005.
The rollout of LAF is benefiting regional and remote communities through better health, safer communities, helping adults become more job ready and helping more children get to school and learn.
As part of Viva Energy’s support for the program, we have committed up to $3 million across three years to support Indigenous programs that are targeted at addressing issues of substance misuse (including petrol sniffing) or are in line with our community program themes.
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