Petrol price rises in time for weekend

By Will Jackson

THE average price for unleaded petrol across the Northern Rivers region rose to 135.9 cents yesterday, ahead of the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

And for the first time variation between towns had almost vanished.

A survey by The Northern Star found the price per litre of petrol was 135.9 cents at services stations from Wardell up to Byron Bay and out west to Casino and Kyogle.

The only lower prices were the Brown and Hurley outlet in Kyogle where unleaded was 134 cents per litre and the Brunswick Heads BP where it was 132.9.

Brown and Hurley employee Jamie Walters said their petrol was so cheap because they only got supplies once every three weeks. "So if we buy it low then the price stays that way for a while," he said.

Average prices have risen about 18 cents per litre since Easter. In April the price per litre ranged from 115.9 in Ballina and Lismore up to 121.9 in Kyogle. Late last month the average was 128.9.

The price rises have come despite international benchmarks falling through May.

Culex spokesman Richard Beattie said it usually took seven to 10 days for consumers to see the benefits of prices falling overseas.

"It's a very competitive market. The fact that prices do move around the way in which they do is an indication of just how competitive the market is," he said.



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