Shocking ? Hastings Point resident Alf Tutton joins a nation in cursing the rising price of petrol. Photo: CHRIS RIX
Shocking ? Hastings Point resident Alf Tutton joins a nation in cursing the rising price of petrol. Photo: CHRIS RIX

Next time I?ll fly, it costs the same

By ANN-MARIE MAY

ALF Tutton has nothing personal against Coffs Harbour but yesterday the Hastings Point resident cursed his luck at having to make a stop in our city.

So what is it that made the short visit so terrible? In one word ? petrol.

"I was hoping I could get a bit further north before having to stop, but when you have to fill up, you have to fill up," Mr Tutton said.

On his way back home to the Tweed Coast after visiting family in Sydney for the past fortnight, Mr Tutton said the price of petrol in Coffs Harbour, reaching a record of $1.44.5 a litre for ULP, was the most expensive.

"Coffs Harbour al-ways seems so much more expensive than anywhere else," he said.

When Mr Tutton left Hastings Point for Sydney two weeks ago, he paid $1.16 a litre and remembers paying no more than $1.28 throughout his trip.

The return drive has been a different story, and has made a lasting impression on his wallet and future plans.

"It (the price of petrol) is shocking ? no good at all. I will definitely think twice about making the drive next time," Mr Tutton said.

"I love my car and the drive, and I won't stop visiting my family in Sydney, but if petrol prices don't drop next time I will be flying. "For the same, or less, amount of money, why wouldn't I?"



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