Gladstone fuel prices skyrocket with state

GLADSTONE is only second to Bundaberg in the contest for cheap fuel in central Queensland, despite a steep rise in fuel prices.

Gladstone's fuel price skyrocketed from an average of $1.089 in March to an average of $1.257 in June.

But the pain was felt across regional Queensland, with Mackay, Rockhampton, Biloela, Blackwater and Emerald, among a litany of other CQ towns paying more for fuel than Gladstone motorists.

In Ipswich, the average price of unleaded petrol jumped 14 cents in 2011 compared to the previous year.
In Ipswich, the average price of unleaded petrol jumped 14 cents in 2011 compared to the previous year.

Across Australia, regional fuel prices edged closer to the capital cities, reducing from a 9.9c gap in February to a low of 1.4c in June.

The figures, detailed in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's quarterly fuel report, left the age old mystery of why you'll pay 10c less an hour up the road unsolved, saying it relies on a "number of factors" such as less competition, less fuel sold, and isolation.

But the fairer prices relative to the capital cities are a catch-22 for regional motorists, with the average price of fuel in regional areas increasing from around $1.15 in March to a $1.25 in June.

Gladstone was right on par with that average in June at $1.257, while it was well under in March at an average of $1.089.

 


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