Shame the big boys into giving us a fair go

IT'S in no way a new problem, and that is perhaps why so many people are once again feeling so fed up, frustrated and disadvantaged.

The cost of filling up your car is a recurring issue for local motorists with bowser prices up to 20 cents-a-litre dearer here than in Sydney in recent weeks, adding 10% and more to our weekly work and family travel costs compared to those of our city cousins.

Long-time locals say this generation is not being singled out, and in fact the great Coffs Coast petrol rip-off has been going on for decades. There is no suggestion local retailers are the culprits, so the challenge remains as to how we put the pressure on the multinational petrol suppliers to deliver us a fairer deal.

A political solution doesn't seem likely so our great hope is the NRMA and using social media to shame the oil barons into giving us price parity.

As well as using Facebook to let us tell everyone where the cheapest fuel is, why not "like" the big companies such as BP, Caltex and Shell, and in no uncertain terms let them know we have had enough of being ripped off at the bowser.

- Graeme Singleton, Editor



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