Member for Morwell, Russell Northe recently wrote to the ACCC raising concerns about the disparity in fuel prices across the Latrobe Valley in comparison to other regional towns.
Mr Northe said he wrote to the ACCC inviting them to the Latrobe Valley to conduct an investigation into local petrol prices.
“I have been calling on the ACCC to undertake an investigation into petrol price discrepancies particularly for Latrobe Valley residents and businesses for some time,” Mr Northe said.
“The ACCC have advised that they’re aware of the consumer concerns about pricing anomalies where fuel retailers in some locations do not seem to have passed through lower prices,” Mr Northe said.
“As part of the ACCC’s new monitoring program they have advised that they’ll be investigating regional towns, in the first instance towns with the highest apparent pricing anomalies over an extended period will be targeted.
“It is my strong view that the Latrobe Valley is ideally placed to be the subject of an ACCC investigation given these guidelines.”
Mr Northe said the differences in petrol prices between city and country areas causes great frustration for motorists across Gippsland.
“I share the concerns of local motorists with the inconsistency in petrol prices for Latrobe Valley motorists and it is time we had a more thorough look into exactly what is happening,” Mr Northe said.
“Latrobe Valley residents have long bemoaned the inequity that appears to exist with respect to fuel prices in our region.”
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has also written to the ACCC on the issue and welcomed early signs the watchdog would take a closer look at fuel price trends locally.
“The ACCC is aware of long-standing concerns of Gippsland motorists and it is encouraging they will be undertaking more timely and targeted monitoring of fuel price analysis, particularly in regional areas,” Mr Chester said.
The ACCC is expected to announce later this month which regional locations it will target, with further locations named in the following months and findings released throughout the year.
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