Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Independents - the Way to Impact Fuel Prices

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Independents - the Way to Impact Fuel Prices

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Byline: Rodney Stevens rodney.stevens@northernstar.com.au

SUPPORTING independently owned fuel retailers is the best way for Northern Rivers locals to influence fuel prices, Brad Baker says.

The call from the owner of Bakers Corner service station, North Lismore comes after the NRMA released the results of a year-long study into petrol prices on the North Coast that found a 7.5c/litre price discrepancy between the cheapest and most expensive towns in the region.

"Most of the pricing is dictated by the big multinationals and the independents don't have a say, they're not big enough," Mr Baker said.

"If more people supported the independents there would be better pricing because that would give the independents more power."

Mr Baker's comments were echoed by NRMA vice-president Wendy Machin.

"It simply comes down to competition and a stronger presence of independent retailers who often have discounted prices," she said.

Ms Machin said it was incomprehensible there could be a 7. …

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