THE SPILL: RACQ's annual report found 28 of the 33 regional Queensland centres offered cheaper unleaded prices than Brisbane in December.
THE SPILL: RACQ's annual report found 28 of the 33 regional Queensland centres offered cheaper unleaded prices than Brisbane in December. Thinkstock

South west fills up for less

AN ANNUAL report released by RACQ has found that 28 of the 33 regional south west centres paid less on average for unleaded petrol in December than those in Brisbane.

Dalby was listed as one of the regional towns that came out better off at the bowser in December, with Western Downs customers filling their tanks for 140.1 cents per litre.

Brisbane prices sat around the 141.9 cpl mark in December, making it the most expensive state capital to fill up in Australia. In Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne, ULP was cheaper by 5.6 cpl, 5.4 cpl, 4.9 cpl and 2.1 cpl respectively.

Miles was found to stock the cheapest ULP in Queensland, with prices 9.0cpl cheaper than in the city.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said prices in regional Queensland averaged 140 cpl, which may have been cheaper than Brisbane, but it was

higher than what the motoring body considered fair.

"That average is 2.1cpl higher than what we saw in November,” Ms Smith said.

"We did see a jump in prices in 2017 across Queensland and that's due to an increase in the global oil price. Unfortunately, those high prices are set to continue in 2018.

"In positive news, indicative retail margins were quite low in parts of regional Queensland and that's what led prices to dip below those in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

"Our advice to motorists continues to be to shop around and only fill up at service stations selling fuel at a fair price.”

It wasn't such good news for those who drive diesel vehicles, with only 17 of the 33 regional centres monitored showing cheaper results than Brisbane in December.

Diesel prices in Dalby were only marginally cheaper than in Brisbane, with customers paying 136.6 cpl to fill up in comparison to Brisbane's 136.7 cpl.

RACQ predicts the demand for oil will continue to strengthen throughout 2018, with a combination of increasing demand and limited production causing a steady price rise.


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