Podium finish for Gladstone’s cheap fuel

Gladstone drivers were rewarded at the bowser, with the city one of the cheapest places in Queensland to fill the tank last month.

Various fuels at the pump

According to RACQ’s Monthly Fuel Price Report, motorists in Gladstone paid an average of 134.1 cents per litre (cpl) for unleaded petrol (ULP) in June and were only pipped at the post by Goondiwindi drivers, who paid an average of 130.2cpl.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said while Gladstone residents had reasons to celebrate, those just up the road in Rockhampton weren’t as lucky and were slugged 6cpl more at the bowser.

“In Gladstone retailers raked in an indicative retail margin of 5cpl, but in Rockhampton we saw retailers pocketing more than double that at 10.3cpl, and there’s no good reason for the difference,” Ms Smith said.

“Unfortunately, what we see in Rockhampton is a lack of competition among servos and that is really frustrating for drivers trying to nab a fair price.”

Ms Smith said regardless of the town or city they filled the tank, drivers needed to shop around for the best deal.

“Our message to drivers is simple – only fill up at the servo selling for the lowest price even if there is only a few cents different,” she said.

“Make sure you take a moment before you jump in the car on one of the apps or websites, like RACQ’s Fair Fuel Finder, to find out the cheapest price in your area and then reward that servo with your business. Because every little bit of market pressure helps keep prices fair.”

The June 2019 Fuel Price Report could be viewed on RACQ’s website.