Res­i­dents urged to voice fuel com­plaint

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Louise Alling­ham

Dampier res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to speak up to the cor­po­rate own­ers of their lo­cal ser­vice sta­tion which has gone with­out un­leaded fuel for close to six months.

Viva En­ergy Aus­tralia, the ex­clu­sive li­censee to the Shell brand in Aus­tralia, said the sale of un­leaded fuel will re­main sus­pended be­cause of is­sues with the fuel dis­pens­ing sys­tem.

Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls said cus­tomer’s voices can be a pow­er­ful tool to pro­voke change.

“I think the cus­tomer’s voices are go­ing to be louder than the town leader’s voice in this be­cause cus­tomers help make busi­nesses make de­ci­sions,” he said.

“I would urge the res­i­dents of Dampier that they need to voice their dis­plea­sure to the man­ager and say we’re a small com­mu­nity, we want to sup­port our lo­cal fuel sta­tion and con­ve­nience store but it makes it pretty hard when the stuff we need is not there and there’s no ex­pla­na­tion as to why,” he said.

Dis­grun­tled Dampier res­i­dent Brad Beau­mont’s pa­tience is run­ning out. “Some­thing needs to be done and it needs to be done now,” he said.

“It put us in jeop­ardy in Dampier be­cause tourists come into town and there’s no fuel for them, un­less of course they are diesel.”

Viva En­ergy Aus­tralia spokes­woman Jes­sica Mar­riner apol­o­gised to cus­tomers and said the prob­lem stems from “high am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures”.

“This is a unique sit­u­a­tion lim­ited to our Dampier site and we apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this may be caus­ing Coles Ex­press cus­tomers,” she said.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

While diesel is still avail­able, Dampier ser­vice sta­tion has been with­out un­leaded fuel for sev­eral months.

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