Fuel companies under fire over Far North ‘price gouge’
OUTRAGED motorists believe they are being ripped off at the petrol bowsers as unleaded fuel prices in the shire stay well above $1 a litre.
The average price of unleaded fuel at Innisfail, one hour south of Cairns, is about $1.03 a litre this week, although some service stations dipped below $1 at the weekend.
But the average price for unleaded fuel in the Cairns region remains more than $1.20 a litre – about 10 cents more than the “fair price” suggested by RACQ.
Petrol stations in Port Douglas and Mossman have this week been selling unleaded fuel for about $1.20 per litre.
Port Douglas motorist Barbara Sullivan described the difference in prices as “disgusting”.
“It’s just so expensive, how much profit do they want?” she said.
“I spend close to $100 a week on fuel, which is way too much really.”
The RACQ is lobbying the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate the cost of fuel in Cairns, while the State Government is holding an inquiry into petrol pricing.