MPs unite for cheap fuel

South Western Times - - News - Ni­co­lette Bar­bas

South West MPs have united in a push for fairer fuel prices in re­gional WA.

The cam­paign has in­cluded full­page ad­ver­tise­ments across sev­eral re­gional news­pa­pers.

Bun­bury MLA Don Punch and 11 mem­bers of Par­lia­ment rep­re­sent­ing the South West are hop­ing their let­ter to the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion will see a re­view of the petrol price dis­par­ity.

“There is a con­tin­u­ing his­tory of sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences be­tween the pric­ing of fuel in metropoli­tan Perth and Bun­bury,” he said.

“I had spo­ken to a fuel com­pany and could not get an an­swer as to why this might be the case and we col­lec­tively de­cided it was time to act on this.

“They need to be held ac­count­able for why they are charg­ing peo­ple in re­gional WA at a time when we are all do­ing it tough.”

When asked the rea­son be­hind the record price dif­fer­ence, FuelWatch man­ager Ben Derecki put it down to lower fuel sale vol­umes.

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing, re­tail­ers in re­gional ar­eas have lower fuel and shop sales vol­umes and rel­a­tively sim­i­lar fixed costs com­pared to sta­tions in the metropoli­tan area,” Mr Derecki said.

“This makes it dif­fi­cult for re­tail­ers to of­fer greater dis­counts on each litre sold.

“Lower fuel sales vol­umes re­sult in a slower turnover of fuel which in turn de­lays changes in the in­ter­na­tional bench­mark to be re­flected in lo­cal prices.”

For­rest MHR For­rest Nola Marino said she had spo­ken to ACCC chair­man Rod Sims and was re­quest­ing a de­tailed in­quiry re­gard­ing fuel prices in the South West.

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