Join petrol ac­tion group

Benalla Ensign - - News -

State Mem­ber for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Na­tion­als Steph Ryan is call­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in a lo­cal fuel price ac­tion group.

Ms Ryan said she was jointly fa­cil­i­tat­ing the estab­lish­ment of the group with the Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy in re­sponse to strong com­mu­nity con­cerns re­gard­ing the high price of fuel in the re­gion com­pared to other re­gional towns and metropoli­tan ar­eas.

‘‘Even with the re­cent drop in petrol prices, I con­tinue to hear from res­i­dents con­cerned about the dis­crep­ancy in fuel pric­ing in towns through­out the re­gion and com­pared to Mel­bourne,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘While fuel prices are in­flu­enced by many fac­tors, in­clud­ing fluc­tu­a­tions in the Aus­tralian dollar, changes in in­ter­na­tional bench­mark prices and pric­ing de­ci­sions by whole­salers and re­tail­ers, the on­go­ing dis­crep­ancy be­tween prices in Be­nalla and other ar­eas is an is­sue of eq­uity.

‘‘The estab­lish­ment of a fuel price ac­tion group, made up of lo­cal res­i­dents, will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for th­ese dis­crep­an­cies to re­ceive greater at­ten­tion and for any pos­si­ble lo­cal al­ter­na­tives to be scru­ti­nised.’’

Ms Ryan is ask­ing those in­ter­ested in the group to pro­vide their con­tact de­tails and an ini­tial dis­cus­sion will fol­low.

‘‘Be­nalla and the sur­round­ing area has been high­lighted by con­stituents as par­tic­u­larly ex­pen­sive and I am keen to hear from res­i­dents from other towns who are in­ter­ested in join­ing the ac­tion group, too,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘I think peo­ple are frus­trated by this on­go­ing is­sue and by com­ing to­gether the com­mu­nity can ex­am­ine pos­si­ble so­lu­tions.

‘‘For ex­am­ple, the Lock­ing­ton com­mu­nity has suc­cess­fully es­tab­lished a com­mu­ni­tyrun petrol sta­tion, which could be a use­ful start­ing point and case study for this new group.’’

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­volved in the fuel price ac­tion group is asked to phone Steph Ryan’s elec­torate of­fice on 5762 2100 or email their con­tact de­tails to steph.ryan @par­lia­

Funds ap­pre­ci­ated: Be­nalla RSL Sub-Branch vice-pres­i­dent Ron Burns, Be­nalla Health chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Free­man and Be­nalla RSL Sub-Branch wel­fare chair­man Al­bert Green.

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