Fuel com­pa­nies un­der fire over Far North ‘price gouge’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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