Driv­ers told to shop around for fuel

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Bianca Pan­ton fills up her car at the BP petrol sta­tion in Craiglie.

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