On a list of 54 regional centres, Coffs Harbour rated as the 34th most expensive place to buy unleaded fuel last week.
On a list of 54 regional centres, Coffs Harbour rated as the 34th most expensive place to buy unleaded fuel last week. Trevor Veale

Motorists feeling pressure at the pump

MOTORISTS on the Coffs Coast who feel sure they've seen the price of fuel a lot cheaper elsewhere over the past week aren't going crazy.

The Bowser Buster page on the NRMA website compares the price of unleaded and diesel fuel across more than 50 regional centres in the state.

According to the NRMA's figures, in the past week Coffs Harbour has returned to being one of the more expensive places to buy fuel in the state.

The website said the average price for a litre of unleaded fuel in Coffs Harbour in the week up to March 20 was 117.8 cents per litre.

A week earlier that figure was 112.9 cents per litre.

These numbers have seen Coffs Harbour slip in the rankings from the 25th cheapest place in the state to fill up (out of 54 centres) down nine places to 34th.

This week's list is the first time in a long time that Woolgoolga has been rated as a cheaper place to buy fuel than Coffs Harbour.

Nowra led the way over the past week with an average unleaded price of 99.3 cents per litre.

If you drive a diesel vehicle the figures are even worse.

Only Mudgee, Ballina and Gundagai are rated as more expensive places to fill up with diesel than Coffs Harbour. A trend historic figures show has been going on for more than two months.

Prices did rise across the board last week given the average Mogas price fell 0.5 cents per litre; the average Terminal Gate Price increased 1.2 cents per litre while the Australian dollar rose 1.6 cents against the US dollar.

"Average prices aren't likely to drop below 110 cents per litre until after the Easter long weekend," an NRMA spokesperson said.

UNLEADED FUEL PRICES
(Week ending March 20*)
Casino 103.7
Armidale 107.4
Grafton 110.4
Taree 111.8
Kempsey 111.9
Inverell 112.5
Tamworth 113.5
Lismore 115.8
Port Macquarie 115.8
Wauchope 116.2
Woolgoolga 117.4
Coffs Harbour 117.8
Ballina 117.9

DIESEL PRICES
(week ending March 20*)
Casino 110.2
Inverell 110.5
Port Macquarie 111.9
Kempsey 112.8
Lismore 112.8
Wauchope 113.5
Taree 114.4
Armidale 114.5
Tamworth 117.3
Grafton 117.7
Woolgoolga 117.4
Coffs Harbour 122.3
Ballina 129.4

* Source - Bowser Buster on mynrma.com.au



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