ONCE again, Hervey Bay drivers are getting a raw deal when it comes to petrol prices.
I have not seen prices as low as the ones in Maryborough for about 10 years, but that is little consolation for the rest of the Fraser Coast.
Kudos to the Boat Club and other independent fuel operators who are trying to keep prices low - but the big players don't seem to have got the memo.
The RACQ says there is no reason for Hervey Bay prices to be so much higher than Maryborough.
The price difference can't be put down to extra distance or any rational factor as far as I can see, and there are people with much more knowledge of the industry than me who can't see a practical reason either.
The only logical answer is that Maryborough simply has more independent service stations than Hervey Bay, creating true competition.
RACQ has even encouraged drivers to avoid the overpriced petrol stations, an unusually strong statement from Australia's peak motoring body.
But unless drivers start doing exactly that, we probably won't see a change.
It should not take a boycott to make the offending servos see sense, but money speaks louder than words.
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