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The price we pay

There’s a saying, “what goes up, must come down”. It’s gravity of course but apparently petrol prices over a long weekend are one of the few things which defy even the laws of physics.

$1.56 for a long weekend in a region in drought makes about as much sense to this motorist as walking barefoot to Sydney.

We all know there are lots of reasons why fuel prices fluctuate and it’s reassuring to know the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) says that despite consumers thinking petrol prices increase more than usual just before public holidays and long weekends, they also say: “These price rises may be more noticeable before holiday weekends because many motorists are making long trips and using more petrol than usual.”

Pigs also drive left hand cars. (The ACCC did not say that).

Since October 22, 2017, when fuel in Dubbo on average cost $1.29, the trend since has been upward only. So, by April 1, 2018, $1.38 and in time for the June long weekend (aka end of the financial year), $1.56.

Blows my mind how every retailer across the country is falling over themselves to get stock out the door before the end of June with 1990s prices, but the bad boy in the room, petrol, has to do the opposite.

This may have something to do with the fact the country’s reserves are low too.

It’s frustrating the petrol prices can hurt a region so much at times like these. Domestic tourism must surely flounder, and farmers paying to bring in feed from South Australia and Victoria will be covering freight costs too. Try filling a semi for under $1000 for one tank.

And community services suffer too.

Cancer Council is providing a new service starting this month, to help cancer patients living in Western NSW access treatments and appointments at Dubbo’s Alan Coates Cancer Centre.

The new Transport to Treatment service is for eligible cancer patients living within a 200-kilometre radius of the Dubbo CBD.

Fundraising dollars raised at events such as the Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer contribute to this service.

No relief at the pump however.

Anyway, Cancer Council is seeking enthusiastic volunteers in Dubbo who hold a full Australian C-Class licence. A training day has already been held however they’re still in need. Please call 6392 0804 if you’d like to find out more.

Yvette Aubusson-Foley

Yvette Aubusson-Foley is a Dubbo journo, who spent time living and raising her family in the USA, but has now returned to her home town.