City vs Euroa with fuel cost
WHILE the average ULP fuel price in Melbourne hovered around the $1.10 per litre mark on the weekend, prices at service stations in the Shire of Strathbogie remained locked at around $1.30 per litre, prompting outrage from locals on social media.
A photo uploaded to the Euroa Community Noticeboard Facebook page by local Librarian Justus Hagen which showed a Melbourne service station’s prices, had a number of people closer to home feeling that filling up locally meant getting ripped off.
The reasoning behind the stark variation in fuel prices between regional and Melbourne petrol prices is set to be the subject of a parliamentary enquiry, and local member Steph Ryan (MLC) urged locals to make their outrage heard by those in Spring Street.
“Many people have raised concerns with me about high fuel prices and the perceived difference between county and city areas,” Ms Ryan said.
“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 costof-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 Minister for Consumer Affairs 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.
“I look forward to the results this Liberal-Nationals inquiry will bring country people.”
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 Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002.
NOT FAIR: Filling up with unleaded in Euroa will cost you 129.9 cents per litre, whereas in Melbourne at the same time it is just 110.9 cents per litre. Regional fuel prices are set to be scrutinised via parliamentary inquiry, with submissions from the public welcome.