FORMER fuel depot employee says Caboolture motorists are being ripped off at the bowser, with fuel cheaper in places like Gympie and Ipswich.

Bob Rodgers, who worked for Pacific Petroleum on Beachmere Rd until 2006, said many long-haul customers would avoid filling up in Caboolture due to the price discrepancy.

“A customer used to fuel up at the depot at Blacksoil (near Ipswich) and fuel was four cents a litre cheaper than in Caboolture,” he said.

“I’m just sick to death of seeing people get ripped off, and they wear it.”

Meantime, Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy says more than 3000 people have signed his petition to fight for lower local petrol prices.

The petition calls on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate why fuel costs were consistently higher locally than in Brisbane.

“Often, we’re seeing bowser prices in our region at least 10 cents a litre dearer when compared to even the northern outskirts of Brisbane, just 30 minutes down the highway,” Mr Roy said.

“These discrepancies can’t be explained by normal economic factors, such as the cost of transport or the volume of fuel being consumed.

“In signing my petition, thousands of locals clearly agree.

“Petrol is one of the biggest costs for families and they’re clearly fed up with this extra hip pocket hit.”

Mr Roy presented the petition signatures to Small Business Minister Bruce Billson who said he had given the ACCC new powers to conduct “deep dives” into local fuel markets suspected of pricing irregularities.

“There are just too many mysteries around petrol pricing and we need to find out what’s going on,” Mr Billson said.

Mr Roy said while the ACCC was yet to flag such an investigation locally, the community needed to keep up the pressure.

“I call on everyone to get behind our community campaign and add their voice,” he said.

To sign the online petition, go to wyattroy.com.au.

Extracted in full from Caboolture News.

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