TAMWORTH has become the third most expensive centre for fuel in the state this week.
The NRMA fuel watchdog website, Bowser Buster, compares fuel in 52 NSW towns and Tamworth yesterday ranked an embarrassing 50th.
On average, fuel in Tamworth was at 153.6 cents per litre yesterday, in comparison to Sydney which was 135.7 cents per litre. Gunnedah was more than 4 cents cheaper than Tamworth.
In NSW, only Cooma and Tumut had fuel that was more expensive.
Diesel prices are not much better with Tamworth paying 155.5 cents per litre – ranking us at 42 out of 52.
Tamworth consistently ranks high in the most expensive petrol prices in the state, and citizens are once again left with no answers as to why this occurs, especially when towns as close as Gunnedah and Inverell are consistently much cheaper.
Daniel Stanton from the NRMA said prices that high were “inexcusable” for a city as big as Tamworth, and for a city on a major highway.
“It is a lack of competition from independent stations that can drive the prices up like this,” Mr Stanton said.
“Big companies bully prices up. Anything over 150 cents per litre at the moment is unfair.”
On the website, My Local Fuel, it showed that Tamworth had only two independent stations, in Nemingha and Duri, though they were still selling fuel below the 150-cent mark.
Gunnedah was at 149.9 yesterday, Inverell at 150.1, Armidale 150.2, and Moree, 151.5 cents.
However, terminal gate prices dropped 6 cents per litre this week so fuel prices should be set to come down and stay down over the next fortnight.