Customers from all over Hobart are flocking to a small suburb south of Sorell to buy their fuel, as word spreads about a service station deliberately keeping its prices low.

While the cost of fuel creeps ever closer to $2/L elsewhere in the state, the Ampol Lewisham Service Centre is an outlier, currently selling unleaded and diesel fuel for $1.739/L.

Proprietor Maz Elali says that since the Sunday Tasmanian published a story about his ethical decision not to hike up his fuel prices, he had seen a surge of new customers lining up at the bowser.

“I’ve had lots of people coming in that I’ve never seen before,” he said on Sunday.

“A few people were coming in from Hobart, lots of people came from Seven Mile Beach, from Cambridge, Richmond – all those areas.

“I’ve had lots of people from Hobart come in and say, ‘We came here for a drive and just to (get) fuel here’.

“They’re very happy. Everyone is complaining (about fuel prices elsewhere).”

Discounted wholesale delivery costs Mr Elali $1.73/L but he only marks up the price by 1c or 2c, meaning he makes a minimal profit on fuel.

Customers from all over Hobart are flocking to a small suburb south of Sorell to buy their fuel, as word spreads about a service station deliberately keeping its prices low.

While the cost of fuel creeps ever closer to $2/L elsewhere in the state, the Ampol Lewisham Service Centre is an outlier, currently selling unleaded and diesel fuel for $1.739/L.

Proprietor Maz Elali says that since the Sunday Tasmanian published a story about his ethical decision not to hike up his fuel prices, he had seen a surge of new customers lining up at the bowser.

“I’ve had lots of people coming in that I’ve never seen before,” he said on Sunday.

“A few people were coming in from Hobart, lots of people came from Seven Mile Beach, from Cambridge, Richmond – all those areas.

“I’ve had lots of people from Hobart come in and say, ‘We came here for a drive and just to (get) fuel here’.

“They’re very happy. Everyone is complaining (about fuel prices elsewhere).”

Discounted wholesale delivery costs Mr Elali $1.73/L but he only marks up the price by 1c or 2c, meaning he makes a minimal profit on fuel.

“We’re not ripping people off,” he said.

Happy customers took to Facebook to praise Mr Elali for looking out for the community.

“Maz is a great guy,” Brandt Campbell said. “Always has a smile and (is) interested in what you’re up to. We go out of our way to go there.”

Lauren Penneyston said: “Good on you, Maz. Great coffee and food also. Well worth a Sunday drive to fill up.”

The economic sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine have threatened to send fuel prices skyrocketing to as high as $2.10/L. Russia is the world’s second-largest producer of crude oil.

Meanwhile, wage growth continues to be outpaced by rising cost of living pressures in Tasmania.

According to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last Wednesday, the state’s real wages fell 1.5 per cent in 2021, while its wage price index rose about 3 per cent. However, the consumer price index increased by about 4.5 per cent.

Extracted in full from: Cheap fuel Tasmania: Ampol Lewisham Service Centre’s new customers | The Advertiser (adelaidenow.com.au)

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