Feel­ing petrol pain

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

Mans­field lo­cals have been long-time suf­fer­ers of high petrol prices be­cause of the town be­ing a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

Doug Ge­orge, who has lived in the town for 20 years, said the prices had al­ways been high.

‘‘It’s al­ways been higher than any­where else. It’s not a new thing,’’ Mr Ge­orge said.

Last week prices at both of the town’s ser­vice sta­tions saw un­leaded petrol at 131.9¢/litre, diesel at 134.9¢/litre and gas was 85.9¢/litre.

Mr Ge­orge said it did not help that Mans­field was a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

‘‘There’s snow on Mt Buller in the win­ter and wa­ter­ski­ing and moun­tain bik­ing in the sum­mer,’’ he said.

‘‘About 70 per cent of ratepay­ers don’t live in the town, they are mostly hol­i­day homes.

‘‘It went up two weeks be­fore the Queen’s Birth­day hol­i­day (just be­fore the ski sea­son) and it went up (again) to what it is now a fort­night ago.’’

Mr Ge­orge said peo­ple were al­ready fill­ing up else­where and a re­cent takeover of a Mo­bil sta­tion nearby could make mat­ters worse for the town, who have al­ready seen a Shell ser­vice sta­tion close down.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple who go to Wan­garatta and Mel­bourne or wher­ever they fill up there. I filled up in Wan­garatta the other day. It was about 122 (¢/litre).

‘‘A Mo­bil down at Bon­nie Doon has sold to an in­de­pen­dent and prices are very cheap,’’ he said.

To see your lo­cal fuel prices, visit: www.racv.com.au/on-the-road/driv­ing­main­te­nance/fuel-prices.html/

High petrol prices are the norm in Mans­field.

De­press­ing sight . . .

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