Relief at last at the bowser
By STEPHANIE FORESTER
JAMES BARNES reckons he has the cheapest petrol on the northern end of the coast.
And while he's got some competition from the BP in Casino, at 97.9c a litre, James, who owns the Brunswick Heads Village Greens petrol station and vegie shop, may well be right.
And it has nothing to do with rising confidence in the global oil economy.
"We always try and keep our prices one or two cents cheaper than everyone else," he said. "It means people have more in their pocket to spend on fruit and vegies."
Fuel prices have plummeted around the nation, according to Service Station Association chief executive Ron Bowden.
"Three months ago, amid fears of supply shortages, oil was $US55 a barrel," he said.
"Now that confidence has returned to the market, and we're back to our proper levels of supply and demand, we're paying about $US45.
"The turnaround was unexpected and it's a great Christmas present for holiday travellers."
Most service stations around the region were selling petrol at 99.9c a litre yesterday, with the exception of service stations in Ballina, where it was $1.06, and the Brunswick and Casino BPs, where it was 97.9c.
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