OPINION: All eyes on Hervey Bay petrol prices
HERVEY Bay drivers are quick to complain about the difference between fuel prices on the coast and inland on the Fraser Coast, but not many seem to think it's worth doing anything about it.
An extra 10 cents a litre ends up being around $5 a tank for most vehicles.
A return trip to Maryborough might use up about six litres, depending on your car, so drivers would save a bit over $4 if they did decide to take the trip.
When you factor in the time needed, it's admittedly not practical or environmentally friendly for most Bay drivers to hit the road to Maryborough when it's time to fuel up.
But it would certainly send a loud and clear message to coastal servos.
Now finally the RACQ is saying what Fraser Coast motorists have been thinking for years: Hervey Bay petrol stations really are too expensive.
Asking drivers to avoid certain petrol stations is a big step by the peak motoring body. I wonder who else is watching?
Even more remarkably, Caltex seems to be admitting that the lack of competition in the Bay has played a factor, which sets off more alarm bells for me.
It's clear these service stations are under increasing scrutiny - maybe it means we can hope for more equitable fuel prices for Christmas.
How do you feel about the price of fuel in Hervey Bay? Do you make the drive to Maryborough? Join the conversation below and have your say.