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LPG ‘rip-off’ slugs country

Regional Victorian motorists are paying over 20c/litre more for gas than their city counterparts. The state’s peak motoring body, the RACV, has called on LPG outlets to stop ripping off drivers and pass on recent wholesale price drops. The LPG price at Echuca last week was 85.9c/litre – more than 20c/litre above Melbourne where motorists were paying about 65c/litre. One regional mayor has labelled the price difference “a disgrace”. RACV vehicle engineering manager Michael Case said the June contract price for LPG had dropped 5.5c/litre and the savings had been passed on to Melbourne motorists – but rural areas had missed out. “Motorists in Yarrawonga and Echuca are paying about 87c per litre for LPG,” Mr Case said. “In Colac, Benalla and Bendigo it’s about 83c per litre and has been at that price for some time. “Whilst regional prices can normally be a little higher than metropolitan prices, 20c per litre is really disadvantaging motorists just because they live in regional areas.” LPG was last week priced at 76c/litre in Bairnsdale and 74c/litre in Albury on Monday. Geelong motorists were being charged about 64c/litre – almost 20c/litre lower than in Colac, an hour’s drive away. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Alec Sandner said despite a growing population of 105,000, the Greater Bendigo area regularly got slugged with higher petrol and LPG prices. “The higher prices have always been frustrating,” Cr Sandner said. “It’s a total disgrace and it’s an indication of the contempt they (the oil and gas companies) hold for people in regional areas who are more reliant on petrol and gas for travel. “If they’ve passed it on in Melbourne there is no reason why they can’t pass it on in Bendigo.” An Australian Competition and Consumer Commission spokesman said changes to international LPG benchmark prices usually took longer to flow on to regional towns. “The Saudi Contract Price increased significantly from January to March this year, going up a total of 18c per litre,” the spokesman said. “However, from April to June the Saudi CP fell and most Australian motorists are now beginning to see a decrease in the retail price.”

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