Hartsuyker asks ACCC for answers about Coffs fuel prices
FUEL prices on the Coffs Coast are in the sights of local MP Luke Hartsuyker.
With the new monitoring powers of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) coming into effect today, Mr Hartsuyker took the opportunity to raise his concerns regarding local fuel prices with ACCC chairman Rod Sims.
Mr Hartsuyker has got onto the front foot for his constituents attacking past reasons offered by the ACCC on the issue.
The Nationals MP outlined in his letter that although the price of fuel and oil has dropped around the globe, it has had minimal impact in Coffs Harbour compared to other locations.
"Residents and tourists have consistently faced much higher prices for petrol and LPG in Coffs Harbour when compared with neighbouring centres," Mr Hartsuyker wrote.
"The substantial discrepancy between the prices in Coffs Harbour compared to other local towns, which has existed for many years, is regularly between 8 and 12 cents per litre."
Mr Hartsuyker concluded to the ACCC chief that the issue of fuel prices in Coffs Harbour "deserves the thorough attention and investigation of the ACCC to determine the root cause of the anomalous price situation".
Welcoming any advice or comments from Mr Sims, the Federal Member wrote: "It must be possible to finally resolve why the costs charged by the petrol wholesalers in the Coffs area are excessive in comparison to other regions".