Coalition calls for ‘fairer’ fuel prices
Mansfield SES benefits from new equipment donation
CINDY McLeish (MLA, Elidon) is backing calls by the Victorian Coalition to establish a parliamentary inquiry into fuel prices in regional Victoria.
Ms McLeish said the inquiry would help answer questions about the methodology of pricing and the divide between metropolitan and rural communities.
“It is no surprise that people living in the country must pay higher prices for petrol,” she said.
“But just how much more should we pay compared to people in the city?”
Prices in Mansfield are currently $1.25.9 per litre of ULP and $1.25.9 diesel, however at Bonnie Doon they are $1.24.9 and at Merton just 35km down the road they are currently $119.9 ULP.
Ms McLeish said the inquiry would also consider the impact of fuel prices on families, businesses and industry and assess the influence of regulations and legislation.
The latest fuel report that from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) shows although petrol prices are falling, these dips are not being passed onto consumers in shrinking retail margins.
“We must clear up the lack of explanation on price discrepancies, especially between metropolitan and regional, and even regional and regional areas,” Ms McLeish said.
She said fuel prices are j ust one of the cost-of-living pressures Victorians can share with the Coalition’s CostWatch website - www. costwatch.com.au
“The CostWatch campaign is committed to driving down costs and making your dollar stretch further,” Ms McLeish said.
MANSFIELD’S State Emergency Service (SES) unit has shared in a statewide boost of more than $500,000 worth of equipment from insurer AAMI.
The equipment was recently handed over to various units at 10 statewide events, as part of an ongoing parntership.
More than 300 volunteers from a diverse range of areas in the state attended the events, including Tom Thoburne and Kate Campbell representing Mansfield SES at the Benalla presentation.
Mr Thoburne and Ms Campbell were pleased to receive two new pieces of equipment for their Mansfield unit - a portable rechargeable light, and two rolls of a special film called Pack-Exe that can be placed over windscreens to aid in safe removal of glass in motor vehicle accidents.
Ms Campbell has quite recently joined VICSES, having only been a volunteer for 18 months, while Mr Thoburne has spent much longer with the organisation and currently holds the position of unit controller.
Both were very grateful for the new equipment.
“This new portable rechargeable light will operate fully charged for 24 hours which saves us having to worry about generators and refuelling during their operation, making it easy for all of us to use,” Mr Thoburne said.
VICSES’ director of community tesilience and communications, Kate White, thanked AAMI for their continuing generosity.
“AAMI have played a vital part in enabling VICSES volunteers to carry out the important work they do and the organisation is very grateful for their contribution,” she said.
“Since 2002 more than $5.5 million has been received to spend on equipment as part of the partnership.”
Ms White also thanked the volunteers and their families for the sacrifices they make in a bid to keep Victorians prepared for and safe during emergencies.
ABOVE THE REST: Mansfield fuel prices last week were still above those of Melbourne, larger regional centres and even Merton.
SES - Mansfield Equip. NEW GEAR: Tom Thoburne and Kate Campbell were delighted to receive some new equipment for the Mansfield SES Unit as part of a partnership program with AAMI.