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12 July, 2021

Taking us for fuels! Or are Mackay motorists just a bunch of whingers?

FUEL prices are on the up and… OUCH! You, dear readers, are not happy at all. Motorists throughout the region are feeling the pinch and making it known. And worse, there’s not a lot that it seems we can do about it when it all stems from a squabble in the Middle East over how much oil each country should be allowed to produce.


FUEL prices are on the up and… OUCH!

You, dear readers, are not happy at all.

Motorists throughout the region are feeling the pinch and making it known.

And worse, there’s not a lot that it seems we can do about it when it all stems from a squabble in the Middle East over how much oil each country should be allowed to produce.

So, if you ever thought something in the Middle East couldn’t possibly affect you at the petrol bowser in little old Mackay – you’ve clearly been mistaken!

Throughout the state, prices for unleaded, premium unleaded and have spiked during the past few weeks with some servos in Queensland’s South East reporting prices of $1.75 and higher.

The Petrol Spy website shows fuel prices ranging from around $1.32 right up to $1.49 a litre throughout our region.

When we posted about fuel prices on the Mackay Local News Facebook Page on Wednesday afternoon, the comments came thick and fast – with most stating there were better prices to be had in locations such as Moranbah and Sarina, while Mackay servos were criticised for their higher prices.

Many readers also, understandably, questioned the vast differences in prices servo to servo – often between those within close proximity of each other.

RACQ spokeswoman Clare Hunter said “petrol prices are not unusual, compared to the rest of Queensland”.

“The entire world is going through an issue with oil prices. Oil prices are expensive at a two-year high, when it comes to Australian dollars,” Ms Hunter said.

“That has filtered down into the pump. This has pushed up prices across the board.

“Oil prices are influenced by a number of factors, but that’s basically a supply and demand issue.”

Ms Hunter said if tensions continued in the Middle East over oil production, regional fuel prices could be impacted even further. 

So, if the prices in Mackay are not ‘unusual’, as Ms Hunter said, does that mean Mackay region motorists are all just having an unjustified whinge?

Not according to our social media audience!

The response to our Facebook post about higher than usual prices, has ranged from disappointment to outright anger.

A common agreement amongst many users was that prices, in general, were becoming expensive and many of you wanted more action taken on keeping petrol affordable. One user said fuel was 10 cents cheaper in Sarina than Mackay; and another said it was cheaper in Moranbah by the same margin. Both were claims backed by the Petrol Spy website map.

One of you blamed greed, while another wrote, “they are ripping us off, and a lot has to do with the Greens, same as electricity. The rich want us to have nothing while they do as they like”.

While one member of our Facebook audience wrote, “if you look at the variances in fuel prices, then you will know that we are being ripped off”; another shed some souther perspective on the matter, stating, “Well, I live in Mackay and they are reasonably priced. Currently in Brisbane, we paid $1.89 a litre”.

If you find cheap fuel in our region, don’t keep it a secret! We would love to hear about your servo experiences and share the love!


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