New servos shake up Cairns fuel market

The State’s peak motoring body is hopeful the announcement of a second United Petroleum opening in Cairns will bring greater competition and cheaper fuel for locals.

The Cairns Post reported the company, which opened its first Cairns site in Woree earlier this month, would open its Sheridan Street site on 7 August.

When United’s Woree site opened it sold unleaded petrol for 109.9 cents per litre (cpl), 30cpl cheaper than most of the city’s service stations.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said it was great news for motorists who had been paying too much for fuel for too long.

“We’re hoping this new site will boost price competition in the area,” Ms Smith said.

“United’s Woree site has already proven it’s willing to sell at fairer prices and it’s great Cairns motorists now have a real alternative that’s reasonably priced.”

Ms Smith said while United’s Woree site had increased its price to 126.9cpl in the past few days, it was still the cheapest option for motorists.

“Every Cairns motorist should be buying from this site and despite the price increase, it’s still much cheaper than the others in town,” she said.

“If motorists continue to fill up at any other site, rather than the one charging the cheapest, then why would the other retailers drop their prices?”

To find out where the lowest prices are in your area, visit the RACQ website.