Far north Qld’s petrol pain continues: RACQ

Towns and cities in far north Queensland sold some of the most expensive unleaded petrol (ULP) in the State last month, with some motorists charged 20 cents per litre (cpl) more than those in Brisbane.

Club spokesperson Renee Smith said RACQ’s monthly fuel price report showed motorists in Innisfail, Cairns and Atherton paid 144.9cpl, 141.1cpl and 140.2cpl respectively for ULP.

“Far north Queensland motorists have every right to be frustrated with many servos charging outrageous prices at the bowser during April,” Ms Smith said.

“Unfortunately Innisfail was the most expensive place to fill up in the State with the average sitting 20cpl higher than Brisbane.”

Ms Smith said the report showed there were some retailers doing the right thing in the area.

“Retailers in Mareeba charged on average 10cpl less for fuel than other nearby locations,” she said.

“So while it’s frustrating for motorists in Atherton, just 35km down the road, who are paying 11cpl more for fuel, it shows it’s definitely worth filling up in Mareeba if you’re passing through.”

Ms Smith said she hoped the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) investigation into Cairns petrol prices would also have a positive impact on the region.

“The ACCC’s findings are due by July and we hope the report shines a light on any price gouging that might be happening in far north Queensland,” she said.

The Western Downs town of Miles was the cheapest place to buy ULP in the State last month, with an average of 117.6cpl.

The Club’s April fuel price report can be viewed on the RACQ website.