GLADSTONE resident Ken Rogers says it's time to boycott Gladstone service stations.
He's recently returned from a road trip inland to Toowoomba, and said he was surprised Gladstone's petrol prices were by far the most expensive.
"It just doesn't make any sense at all," he said yesterday.
"When the price in Gladstone was $1.51.9, Ban Ban Springs, a tiny place with just a servo, was selling its fuel at $1.34.9.
"There were all sorts of numbers in between, but Gladstone was at a minimum eight cents more expensive.
"It's radically wrong. The two servos at Boyne Island are selling their fuel, and no doubt making a reasonable profit, at around 1.29.9 cents."
State MP Liz Cunningham has written to the ACCC on his behalf, and the ACCC response is underwhelming in Mr Rogers' eyes.
Among the comments made in the letter from ACCC chief operating officer Rayne de Gruchy, he states that higher pricing can be expected in regional areas rather than larger cities because of:
- Lower population and demand resulted in fewer outlets and less competition
- Higher costs for storage and transport of fuel
"That's ridiculous," said Mr Rogers.
"The prices I have seen have been much lower in isolated communities such as Ban Ban Springs, where there must be huge transport costs.
"I wonder if there's a bit of a cartel here in Gladstone.
"My blood boiled when I saw what servos in other towns were charging.
"It's time to boycott Gladstone.
"At the moment, even if you made a trip to Boyne to get your fuel you'd be saving a lot of money.
"Just boycott the local guys for a week and they'd soon start dropping their prices."
In one day, Mr Rogers noted this range of fuel prices:
- Gladstone: $151.9
- Bororen: $1.36.9
- Miriam Vale: $1.40.9
- Biggenden: $1.43.9
- Ban Ban Springs: $1.34.9
- Toowoomba: $1.43.9