Danielle Cetinski, 05 January 2016

ORANGE motorists have been encouraged to shop around regionally for their fuel, with prices in Orange well above its neighbours.

As of Sunday according to the NRMA, the average fuel price in Orange was $1.32 cents a litre for unleaded fuel, compared with $1.19 cents a litre in Bathurst and $1.27 in Parkes.

The NRMA’s Bowser Buster website showed Orange’s fuel prices have ranked the 47th most competitive town in NSW and the ACT out of 54 towns.

The news was better for diesel motorists, with prices at an average of $1.22 cents a litre as of December 20, ranking 16th in the state.

NRMA deputy chair Fiona Simson said a town’s independent service stations and how well they were supported often dictated how competitive prices were.

“If there’s no independent fuel station, unfortunately the major retailers don’t have competitive pressure,” she said.

Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association chief executive officer Mark McKenzie said the Northern Distributor Road could also have an impact because traffic was diverted from the main street, whereas a town like Dubbo had access to both east-west and north-south traffic.

“You don’t have the passing traffic that effectively subsidises the people who live there,” he said.

“If you’re a small-volume player, you need to charge slightly more per litre.”

But Ms Simson said motorists could find a better deal by filling up in other towns when they travelled.

“You could save 12 cents a litre and that adds up to hundreds of dollars a year,” she said.

“It’s always great to support the local area, but we’ve got to try and increase competitive pressure by being active consumers.”

Fuel prices are posted on the Bowser Buster website – visit www.mynrma.com.au/motoring-services/petrol-watch/bowser-buster.

danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Extracted in full from the Central Western Daily.

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