Fuel lines coming up empty as wet roads block supply

Bundaberg residents scramble to buy fuel as all the major routes into Bundaberg are cut off by severe flooding.
Bundaberg residents scramble to buy fuel as all the major routes into Bundaberg are cut off by severe flooding. Max Fleet BUNGAS

BUNDABERG is facing a fuel shortage as anxious motorists queue up to try to fill their petrol tanks.

Wessel Petroleum operator Paul Wessel said most sites across the city were almost out of fuel yesterday.

But he urged motorists to be patient and not to drive unless they had to.

"We will have fuel back when the roads open," he said.

"That is supposed to be on Thursday or Friday."

Mr Wessel said he had tankers in Brisbane ready to start moving as soon as the roads were passable.

"People don't need to panic," he said.

Mr Wessel said he also had fuel left in his depot in Bundaberg East, but they were still cut off from it by floodwater.

He said he had to reserve fuel for emergency services vehicles so they could move food and other supplies around the city.

"People should just sit tight for two days and they will get fuel," he said.

Matilda service stations were already running out of some varieties of fuel yesterday.

The Matilda service station on Bolewski St only had diesel, premium and ethanol left in its tanks.

Spokeswoman Hetal Chaudhari said she did not know how long the stocks would last.

The Matilda on Walker St only had premium fuel left.

"That will maybe run out shortly," she said.

"It's not a good situation."

Ms Chaudhari said she did not know when they would be resupplied because the road to the south was still closed.

"We don't have a fixed date for resupply," she said.

Motorist Bradley Jackson said he was lining up for petrol at Caltex Bourbong St fearing there could be a petrol shortage.

"The lines are unbelievable," he said.

Mr Jackson said the scenes were "like something out of a movie".

"It has been a strange couple of days," he said.

Mr Jackson said his main priority was to keep his two boys safe and in good spirits after being caught in the wild weather on Saturday.

"I was out on the street when it hit," he said.


Fuel is expected to be delivered to Bundaberg and surrounding areas on either Thursday or Friday.

Suppliers are keeping some fuel reserved for emergency services vehicles.

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