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The traditional island home for the 1500 Lardil, Kaiadilt, Yangkaal and Gangalidda people is under threat from all the things that afflict indigenous communities elsewhere – a lack of industry, little employment, paternalistic misdirected services, and a lack of housing and infrastructure, along with a destructive home-brewing industry and reports of petrol-sniffing among children as young as eight.

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Against this background the Mornington Shire Council has been ramping up its efforts to bring recognition and assistance.

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