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Prices fuel frustration

lan Baxter fills up the tank at the Sugarland Matilda. Bundaberg fuel prices are higher than further south in Brisbane.
lan Baxter fills up the tank at the Sugarland Matilda. Bundaberg fuel prices are higher than further south in Brisbane. Mike Knott BUNUPP

BUNDABERG motorists are getting fed up with the price of petrol and are tired of regularly paying in excess of 10 cents a litre more than drivers in Brisbane.

Unleaded prices in Bundaberg have remained steady at about 153c/litre for weeks, while yesterday a litre of unleaded petrol was going for about 140c/litre in the inner Brisbane suburbs.

The large price discrepancy comes as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launches an investigation into potential collusion between petrol providers.

Avoca man Alan Baxter said he was not impressed with the price of fuel in Bundaberg.

"I don't like it very much, but what can you do about it?" he said.

Mr Baxter said he had previously been able to put $50 in his car every fortnight, and now he had to fill up about every 12 days.

But the region's petrol providers said there was a simple answer for the price difference.

"You have to pay for freight charges," Wessel Petroleum owner Paul Wessel said.

He said part of the reason for the big difference in price was Brisbane had a cyclical fuel price while Bundaberg's petrol price remained more stable.

Mr Wessel said he never spoke about petrol prices with other service stations.

"It takes about 10 minutes to drive around and see what they are offering."

Matilda Service Station owner Gary Jensen also said it was the lack of a petrol cycle that kept Bundaberg prices a little higher.

He said he worked out petrol prices on how much he paid for each litre.

"It's not in anyone's interest to keep the petrol prices higher," he said.

"The higher the prices are, the less petrol we sell."

An RACQ spokeswoman said it was only the south-east corner that tended to have petrol cycles, due to the size of their market, demand and competition.

Fuel fury

Unleaded prices across Queensland yesterday:

Bundaberg 152.9

Brisbane 140.9

Gladstone 154.4

Maryborough 152.8

Hervey Bay 151.8

Mackay 148.4

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