Make your voice heard in regional fuel inquiry

Thursday 10 August 2017

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has urged families and businesses to make their voices heard in a parliamentary inquiry into regional fuel prices.

Nationals and Liberal MPs fought hard to establish the inquiry, which will work to provide regional Victorians with answers on how petrol prices are determined in country areas.

Mr McCurdy said Ovens Valley motorists felt they had been left in the dark.

“For many regional Victorians, public transport just isn’t an option and private transport is their only reliable means of getting from A to B,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Many people have raised concerns with me about high fuel prices and the perceived difference between country and city areas and regional towns.

“Unlike other investigations into petrol prices, the spotlight will be on regional Victorian communities and what can be done to relieve the pressure high fuel prices add to the cost-of-living.”

The inquiry will compare the price of unleaded, diesel and LPG fuels in regional communities with metropolitan areas and other regional communities. It will also look at the impacts on country families, businesses and industry.

Mr McCurdy said fuel was a necessary, but significant, cost for families and businesses in regional Victoria.

“Price discrepancies between regional areas are largely unexplained and regional Victorians deserve an explanation,” he said.

“Locally, the high price of fuel across the Ovens Valley electorate is an ongoing concern for residents and fuel price disparity between local towns is a constant issue.

“Fuel prices in Yarrawonga in particular, compared to other nearby towns is a significant issue.”

Parliament’s Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee will undertake the inquiry. Submissions can be made until September 22, 2017 at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eejsc/article/3834 or emailed to eejsc@parliament.vic.gov.au

Hard copy submissions should be posted to The Executive Officer, Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee, Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002.

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