The Courier-Mail

Petrol price gap between cities and bush closes

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REGIONAL motorists are celebratin­g a fairer deal on fuel prices, latest figures from the Australian Competitio­n and Consumer Commission show.

The ACCC’s June quarter Petrol Report reveals the difference between prices in major cities and the bush is closing.

However, motoring group RACQ says it is approachin­g RRtt the statistics with caution and w wants more pressure exerted on the industry, particular­ly in Brisbane and Cairns.

Last December, regional motorists were paying an average of 17.5¢ a litre more than their metropolit­an cousins.

By March this year, according to the ACCC report, this had dropped to just 1.9¢ a litre.

The most recent snapshot shows a further narrowing to just 0.7¢ a litre.

In June, there were 77 regional locations where average monthly prices were lower than the average price in Australia’s five major cities.

RACQ spokeswoma­n Renee Smith said it was too short a time frame to be sure pricing in long-suffering regional areas was improving.

Ms Smith said a major issue was that Brisbane had become “the new Darwin”, the city with the most expensive fuel in the nation. Darwin’s prices dropped after an ACCC probe.

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