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Fuel to flow for Aboriginal community

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 19 April 2005

Fuel bowsers are set to be installed at a remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia's Kimberley - in exchange for improved child health.

Mulan, south of Halls Creek, made news headlines last year over its "shared responsibility agreement" with the Federal Government.

The Commonwealth agreed that if Mulan residents could improve child health through activities such as regular face washing, it would supply the community with petrol bowsers.

Community Administrator Mark Sewell says the community has been extremely successful in reducing the incidence of the eye disease, trachoma.

"The symptoms of eye infection in kids, which leads to trachoma, has been reduced down to zero at the moment," he said.

"So, no kid in Mulan shows any signs of infection caused by house flies.

"That's a result of families deciding that they'll take on responsibility for the program of keeping the kids hygenic, I suppose."

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