Providing the best fuel and service to the Riverina: Former truck driver Maurice Lamb with South West Fuel Centre general manager Rod Faulks.

 Providing the best fuel and service to the Riverina: Former truck driver Maurice Lamb with South West Fuel Centre general manager Rod Faulks.

A need for quality fuel and quality service saw the establishment of South West Fuel Centre in 1985.

Today, South West Fuel Centre has depots in Cootamundra and Temora with service stations in Young Harden Temora and Grenfell.

In 2019 they moved into the new Cootamundra site to become an independent fuel supplier.

They also have 24-hour card sites in Barellan, Ardlethan, Quandialla, Ariah Park and Barmedman.

There are hopes to build a depot at Wagga in the near future.

The business was established after the Burch family (who has been BP distributors previously) joined with local shareholders to form South West Fuel.

There are more than 70 employees in the business including truck drivers, service station, kitchen, oil deliveries and administration staff.

The employment in turn supports the local economies of each town with all staff part of the communities they work in.

“Our staff are all participating within the communities and we sponsor many sporting and fund raising events within these communities,” general manager Rod Faulks said.

“We put back around $30,000 each year into our local communities.

“I think we have some of the best rural communities in our patch.

“I enjoy helping small communities battle through hard times and think we have some very resilient and incredibly supportive people in our communities.

“I think it is very important to support local businesses within the Riverina, particularly when the money goes back into the community.”

It’s this dedication to the community coupled with their operating practices that makes them stand out.

“Being independent gets us away from oil majors dictating price and boundaries,” Mr Faulks said.

“We can negotiate with all oil companies which guarantees supply and price that we can pass on.”

South West Fuel Centre not only offers great service but also the best up-to-date advice.

“We have the knowledge and quality products to make your business run smoothly,” Mr Faulks said.

“With expensive machinery and OEM’s always striving for better fuel economy and cleaner emissions, oil recommendations are always changing.

“You need to know the correct recommendation for your machinery.

“We can provide oils from recognised brands like Fuchs, Caltex, and BP.”

South West Fuel Centre has nine delivery trucks working six days a week to deliver fuel and oil to their customers, both on farm and commercial, when needed using up-to-date and well-maintained equipment.

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