Col Taylor next to what he considers as a reasonable price for fuel. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer
Col Taylor next to what he considers as a reasonable price for fuel. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer Campbell Gellie

City fuel boycott booms business for Boyne Island BP

BUSINESS is booming at BP Boyne Island as Gladstone residents boycott high fuel prices at city stations.

Owner Colin Taylor said the station was now serving one customer every 45 seconds.

"We've had a dramatic increase in the numbers of customers," he said.

"People told us they heard about the boycott and are driving to us to get their fuel."

The only independent service station in Gladstone sold fuel 16-22 cents cheaper than city stations on Saturday and Sunday, with prices dropping another 2 cents to 124.9 a litre on Monday.

Mr Taylor said his retail prices had dropped because he was buying cheaper wholesale fuel.

"I set the price for every load that comes in and put the same margin on each time," he said.

"The demand for oil has dropped, so the prices have dropped."

Mr Taylor said was not fair to customers if petrol stations put up their prices for the Christmas holiday period.

"If you're fair to customers you get and keep their business," he said.

"We're a family-run business and we're here to stay."

Calliope Rural Traders has also lowered fuel prices and ran out of ULP on the weekend following an overwhelming response to its price of 127.4 cents/litre.

ULP Fuel Prices Monday

BP Boyne Island124.9

Calliope Rural Traders127.4

United, French St140.9

Choice Sun Valley144.9

Caltex Toolooa St146.9

Shell Coles146.9



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