City vs Euroa with fuel cost

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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 ee­jsc@par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au

Hard copy sub­mis­sions should be posted to The Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Eco­nomic, Education, Jobs and Skills Com­mit­tee, Par­lia­ment House, Spring Street, East Mel­bourne VIC 3002.

PHOTO: Jus­tus Ha­gen

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.

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