Price anger fuels huge run on Boyne petrol
THE owner of the Boyne Island BP service station has put on extra staff and ordered in more fuel after an article in The Observer revealed the disparity between fuel costs at service stations across the Gladstone region and the state.
The article generated a storm of community support online, with residents vowing to shop at the cheaper stations in protest, even if it meant driving 45km.
The Observer also has been told the CRT service station at Calliope has reduced its fuel price to $1.30 a litre.
Col Taylor said his service station had been inundated by motorists queuing down Malpas St on Thursday.
He said it was unusual for people to be backed up so far.
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"We can have a few lines but nothing like we have at the moment," he said.
"People realise we do post a reasonable price that I think I would be happy to pay as a motorist."
He had to order in more fuel on Thursday morning.
"I've got another load coming in mid-afternoon and one more tonight," he said.
"Because of all the cars, it's a bit tricky for them to deliver the fuel so I'll get out and do a bit of traffic control."
He said for now, the influx of drivers into Boyne would be beneficial to other businesses in the area.
"People (will) go out for lunch or to the surf club," he said.
Lesley Judge lived in Tannum Sands for more than 20 years.
Now she lives in Benaraby but she still fuels up at Boyne BP.
"We've come here for years because it's cheaper and now we don't even look at the price," she said.
"I've never seen it this busy before. Everyone must have caught on."
Trip to Boyne to fuel up saves young mum $20
SUN VALLEY resident Kacie Crawford drove to Boyne Island on Thursday to fuel up in protest of the high price of petrol at some service stations. She saved $20 in doing so.
After The Observer revealed Gladstone residents paid some of the highest fuel prices in the state this year, the mum-of-two (with another one on the way) vowed to fill up at the independent Boyne Island petrol station - that is until Gladstone stations move to lower their prices.
"The extra money really adds up, especially at this time of year," she said.
"If Gladstone doesn't come down I will definitely keep coming to Boyne for fuel."
She said everyone in Gladstone should make the effort to fuel up at the cheaper stations.
"The stations will then notice and will have to change their prices," she said.
"There is no reason why it has to be 20c more expensive in town."
Industry worker Richard Langdon said he was filling up in Boyne Island because it was 28 cents cheaper than at the petrol station near his work.
"The problem is, not everyone in Gladstone works on the island."