HOLIDAY fuel price hikes along the Mid North Coast is not revelatory news to motorists but the rip-off at the bowser has finally raised the ire of Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker.
Mr Hartsuyker is demanding answers after fuel prices across Mid North Coast service stations soared over recent days. NSW school holidays commenced on April 13.
Mr Hartsuyker admitted it was unfair for motorists to be hit with excessive price hikes. Hastings motorists have been calling fuel prices out for years.
The average fuel price in Port Macquarie on Friday, April 13 was 149.9.
In Taree it was an average of 144.7, while in Kempsey prices ranged between 130.5 and 147.9.
“In some towns on the Mid North Coast, the price has jumped more than 10 cents per litre in recent days and I’ve had a number of constituents contact me from right across the Cowper electorate expressing concern at these price hikes,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“When price hikes are this large, it doesn’t go unnoticed by local motorists, so I have written to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) requesting an investigation.
The New South Wales Government’s Fuel Check app indicates the current average price for fuel on the Mid North Coast has jumped to around 150 cents per litre.
“People are rightly angered with a price hike with no apparent cause,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“I have consistently raised my concerns with the ACCC in the past and I will continue to do so. The Mid North Coast has consistently higher fuel prices than across the country, and I am calling on the ACCC to investigate this recent hike quickly.
“I share our community’s frustration with fuel prices, and understand that these massive price increases rip money out of household budgets. I encourage all motorists to shop around and ensure they are paying the lowest price they can.”
The New South Wales Government’s fuel price watch service can be accessed at www.fuelcheck.nsw.gov.au.