School holiday petrol pain for regional drivers

As regional Queensland families packed the car for a school holidays road trip, RACQ warned drivers would not get a break at the petrol bowser.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said across many major regional Queensland centres, drivers paid around 10 cents per litre (cpl) more for fuel than what RACQ considered would consider cheap.

“Unfortunately we don’t expect to see much fuel price relief for families heading away for the start of school holidays,” Ms Ross said.

“In places like Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Hervey Bay, prices are more than 10cpl too high – it’s so frustrating when we know Queenslanders already pay some of the highest transport costs in the country.”

Ms Ross said wherever motorists were in the State, they should vote with their wallets and support service stations selling the cheapest fuel.

“Drivers should always shop around for the best deal they find,” she said.

“By only giving your business to the retailer selling for the lowest price, we use people power to put downward pressure on prices.”

Average prices for major regional Queensland cities:

Cairns – 155.7cpl

Townsville – 155.4cpl

Mackay – 157.2cpl

Rockhampton – 155.7cpl

Gladstone – 153.5cpl

Hervey Bay – 154.4cpl

Maryborough – 151.0cpl.