Petrol prices continue to burn the pocket of drivers around Yass and rural Australia.
While city drivers are paying high rates for petrol too, it is country drivers that are having the toughest time filling up their vehicle.
At time of going to press, E10 unleaded prices at the highway Caltex and at the Woolworths Caltex on Comur Street were both 149.9 cents per litre. United, also on Comur Street, was charging 148.7 cents per litre for the same fuel.
Both Caltex stations were charging 165.9 cents per litre for premium unleaded while the regular unleaded at United was priced at 153.7 cents per litre.
For comparison, the prices in Perth, Sydney and Canberra were checked at around the same time;
Perth: regular unleaded $142.1; premium unleaded $155.9.
Sydney: regular unleaded $135.8; premium unleaded $151.9.
Canberra: regular unleaded $155.9; premium unleaded $169.9.
Yass Valley Mayor Nic Carmody believes prices like this are hard to deal with and he is frustrated with the difference in prices for regional areas.
“We are only three hours from Sydney and the difference in prices is absolutely ludicrous,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the lack of competition here means prices will always be higher than the city.
“We don’t have public transport in Yass so filling up the car is the only real option. It’s very tough on local families.”
However, Bryan O’Connor who works for Oil Industry Emergency Response has an understanding of the system and he has no problem with the prices.
“The market is the market and it all comes down to supply and demand,” he told the Tribune.
He believes there are several reasons why towns like Yass suffer from high fuel prices.
“First of all the further the petrol has to travel, the more expensive it is.
“The smaller the station the more expensive it is to operate, the higher prices are.
“(And) small towns consume less fuel so the price is higher.”
According to Mr O’Connor, there is nothing the public can really do.
“People can jump up and down and complain but it’s not going to change anything, it really is a case of supply and demand. That’s my opinion anyway.”
But Cr Carmody still believes the prices are too high for a town like Yass.
“I think the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) need to have a good look at it all.
“People definitely do complain about it and it is a big issue.”
Local petrol station managers around the Yass Valley were not able to comment on the price issue. The Tribune contacted Caltex Australia but did not get a response.