Victorian Government under the pump for fuel prices investigation
04 April 2016
Monday 4 April 2016
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has called on the Victorian Government to support a thorough investigation into the high fuel prices in Benalla.
Ms Ryan has also written to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission requesting an investigation into fuel prices in Benalla.
Speaking in parliament recently Ms Ryan said locals quite rightly felt like they were being “ripped off” at the pump.
“Local motorists and businesses in the Benalla area are concerned about the discrepancies in prices for fuel in different towns,” Ms Ryan said.
“This has been a long-running frustration for locals who are paying much higher on average than other regional towns such as Wodonga or even Wangaratta just up the freeway.”
Ms Ryan said there appeared to be no logic behind the inequitable fuel prices.
“Price differences are often explained by fuel transport costs, but this argument makes very little sense when averages in neighbouring towns are far lower,” Ms Ryan said.
“Over the past seven days Benalla residents paid an average of 116.8 cents per litre while in Wangaratta over the same period the price was 113 cents and in Wodonga people were paying just 102 cents.
“Even in Bairnsdale, some three and a half hours from Melbourne, motorists are paying just over one dollar per litre.
“The Victorian Government should be helping people with cost-of-living pressures by throwing its weight behind an investigation," Ms Ryan said.