‘Bring prices down’

UNFAIR: Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli believes petrol prices in the Leeton shire area are still too high compared to those in the city.

THE cost of petrol is still too high in country NSW, according to Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli.

Last week he slammed petrol providers, appealing for a fair go for Leeton consumers.

“You know how quick they are to increase prices when the price of oil goes up – if only they were as quick to reduce the price when it goes down.”

The average price of petrol in Leeton sits at $1.21per litre.

“It’s still $1.20 for regular unleaded fuel as opposed to $1.02 when I was in Sydney on the weekend,” Mr Piccoli said.

When asked if regional outlets can be excused for the price differential due to a lower turnover of fuel, Mr Piccoli asserted that operating costs are lower in country NSW.

“I think $1.10 is a bit more reasonable.”

Petrol operators have repeatedly blamed the cost of transporting petrol from the terminal to regional centres, but motorists have questioned the premium of that size.

MrPiccolisaidthe most dominant fuel companies would be scrutinised closely in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation.

NRMA director Graham Blight said the company had recently completed a petrol price analysis, which revealed Australian motorists weresaving up to $25 million per day since the price of oil halved.

“When you see the prices elsewhere you start to realise a lot of our blokes are not giving us a fair deal,” MrBlight said.

“We don’t mind local blokes making a profit …but it’s when they seem to take too much that we get angry.”

Mr Blight said motorists should be using social media to discourage “unfair” petrol prices.

He said regional motorists were still yet to see the full savings.

Readers expressed their frustration over the high price of petrol through social media and believe “enough is enough”.

“I paid 99.9 cents per litre in Wollongong on the weekend. Why are we still being charged 20 plus cents more per litre?” Sarah Thomas said.

“It is nice to se the price at the pump drop again over the weekend but why are we in Griffith (and Leeton), which is classed as country NSW, paying more than Sydney. To me that is a rip off,” Charles Hender said.

In early January, the price of petrol in Leetonwas at a high of $1.34.

Mr Blight said the cost of transporting fuel was about three cents per litre.

Other regional centres surrounding Leeton shire have the same concerns, but somehave experienced lower than usual prices.

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