Fuel hits record high
By BREE PRICE
WITH petrol prices across the Northern Rivers rising, Lorna DeJong doesn't know how much longer she can afford to drive her car.
The increase comes after regional oil prices hit a record high late last week of $71.60 a barrel.
"I couldn't use the car because I wouldn't have the money to get very far," the Mullumbimby resident said of continuing price hikes.
"You will run out of money even before you reach where you need to go.
"And if you want to go to the cinema with your family, it will be the cost of the day's outing as well as the cost of transport."
Petrol prices were tipped at the weekend to reach $1.10 within a fortnight and at Ballina yesterday were already close.
Unleaded petrol at Ampol and Shell at Ballina was $108.9 per litre and BP Ballina was $106.9.
At BP Wollongbar
and Goonellabah, unleaded was priced at $103.9.
Service Stations Association president Richard Halstead said the cost of petrol could even reach $1.12 if oil prices remained high.
Ms DeJong said she looked twice at the price of petrol in Ballina yesterday.
"I thought I was looking at the premium price," she said.
"Even at this level, I can just barely afford to drive.
"I just put $10 in and will see what it is a bit further up."
Ballina resident Noel Rieusset can only fill his car with high octane petrol, and said he pays about six cents more for the premium fuel.
He said prices were already 'ridiculous'.
"I can't see prices coming down at all," he said. "It's as everyone says ? they're so quick to come up and so slow to go down."