HIGH COST: Lorna Dejong, of Mullumbimby, cannot afford to fill her vehicle in Ballina because of a petrol price increase
HIGH COST: Lorna Dejong, of Mullumbimby, cannot afford to fill her vehicle in Ballina because of a petrol price increase

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."



Drums set the pace as dragon boats take over Shaws Bay

premium_icon Drums set the pace as dragon boats take over Shaws Bay

GALLERY: were you spotted on the water?

Art meets science at Lismore Quad

premium_icon Art meets science at Lismore Quad

Hundreds attend Lismore's annual Arts vs Science Festival

Local Partners