Warwick drivers not getting bang for their buck at the pump
DRIVERS on the Southern Downs may not be getting bang for their buck at the fuel pump, as calculations by RACQ suggest fuel prices in Warwick are above the fair price for petrol.
The motoring body calculates a fair fuel price for regional areas would currently sit at about 118.3 cents a litre for unleaded and 112.3 for diesel.
RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said although prices were elevated for Warwick, they were still better than other prices in south-east Queensland.
"The latest average in Warwick is 122 cents a litre for unleaded and 125 in Toowoomba," Ms Smith said.
"A fair price is more like 118 so it is a few cents a litre higher than we'd like to see but that average is still cheaper than Brisbane.
"When calculating fair fuel prices we take into account the fuel cycle, transport cost and other margins.
"If anything we would like to see prices drop, but Warwick is still doing better than other areas."
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Ayr is still the cheapest location for fuel averaging 114 cents a litre, while petrol in Brisbane and on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts is 10 cents a litre dearer on average than in Warwick.
Ms Smith said the fuel cycle played a role in the price hike around the state.
"In regional Queensland the prices don't move as quickly as it does in south-east Queensland with a more volatile cycle so there probably won't be any sharp changes ahead of Christmas," she said.
"Even though prices are a bit higher in Warwick, for anyone heading to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Brisbane for a holiday, it's better to play it safe and fill up at home.
"We urge motorists to shop around for fuel these Christmas holidays and support those service stations keeping prices down."
To see what the average fuel price is compared to the fair price across south-east Queensland, go to racq.com.au/fairfuel.
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Warwick fuel prices (ULP/Diesel) on 17/12:
RACQ fair fuel price: 118.3.2/112.3
United: 120.3 /117.3
Woolworths Caltex: 121.9/118.9
Coles Shell: 122.9/118.9
BP: 121.9 /121.9