CHEAP BUY: Wendy Cullen said Warwick was the place to go if you want cheap fuel.
CHEAP BUY: Wendy Cullen said Warwick was the place to go if you want cheap fuel. Mike Nolan

Warwick cheapest to fill up

FOR the second month in a row, the Rose City can lay claim to having the cheapest fuel prices in Queensland.

An RACQ study has found that during January the average price of unleaded petrol in Warwick was 139.4cents a litre which was 2.3c/L cheaper than Brisbane.

Diesel was also cheaper at an average of 148.9c/L, 0.1c/L lower than Brisbane.

RACQ executive manager Michael Roth said Warwick and Ipswich were the only centres that sold diesel and unleaded petrol cheaper than Brisbane in January.

"Brisbane continued its trend of being the most expensive of the major mainland capital cities last month as fuel companies continued to collect healthy margins."

United Petroleum regional retail manager David Collins said geography and competition were to thank for Warwick's low prices.

"Warwick is a major transfer point. It's two hours from Brisbane and four hours from Tamworth and consumers can fill up here and be close to Newcastle before they need to fill up again," Mr Collins said.

"Also all of the major retailers are represented in Warwick and Woolworths and Coles have a strong presence."

Mr Collins said competition between the supermarkets was a major factor in driving down fuel costs.

"Warwick is a lucky town to have such consistently low fuel prices," Mr Collins said.

Stanthorpe aged care worker Wendy Cullen said she got hooked on Warwick's cheap fuel when she was commuting to her job at Akooramak last year.

"I usually fill up here because it's cheaper than Stanthorpe," she said.



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