Drivers told to shop around for fuel
FAR Northern drivers have been urged to shop around for fuel as prices reach $1.60 in the region.
The Newport on Macrossan manager Patrick Belcher drives from Cairns to Port Douglas for work and said there weren’t many competitive options north.
“Port Douglas always seems very expensive,” he said. “And if you’re going north out of town it’s just grim … but you get used to it. Even adding a new service station hasn’t seemed to make a difference.”
RACQ spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said a rise in global oil prices and softening of the Australian dollar had resulted in fuel prices jumping up.
“It’s pushing wholesale price of fuel up and retailers are passing that on to drivers,” she said.
In centres like Port Douglas, Ms Ross said it was important for drivers to give their business to those offering the lowest price.
“We need to send a strong message to the service stations in town that are selling at the highest price that we won’t accept it,” she said.
Bianca Panton fills up her car at the BP petrol station in Craiglie.