Have say in fuel inquiry
Member for Euroa and Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan has urged families and businesses across the electorate to make their voices heard in a parliamentary inquiry into regional fuel prices.
The inquiry will work to provide regional Victorians with answers on how petrol prices are determined in country areas.
Ms Ryan said local motorists felt they had been left in the dark.
‘‘For many regional Victorians, public transport just isn’t an option and private transport is their only reliable means of getting from A to B,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘Many people have raised concerns with me about high fuel prices and the perceived difference between county and city areas.
‘‘Unlike other investigations into petrol prices, the spotlight will be on regional Victorian communities and what can be done to relieve the pressure high fuel prices add to the cost of living.’’
The inquiry will compare the price of unleaded, diesel and LPG fuels in regional communities with metropolitan areas and other regional communities. It will also look at the impacts on country families, businesses and industry.
Shadow Consumer Affairs Minister Emma Kealy said in many country areas travel wasn’t as easy as getting on a tram or a public bus.
‘‘Fuel is just one of the rising costs of living putting pressure on Victorian families and businesses,’’ Ms Kealy said.
Submissions can be made until September 22, 2017 at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eejsc/article/3834 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copy submissions should be posted to The Executive Officer, Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee, Parliament House, Spring St, East Melbourne, VIC 3002.
For many regional Victorians, public transport just isn’t an option.