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Price rise fuels anger

UNDER THE PUMP: Sokunna Son from Mountain Creek fills up her car with petrol. She would struggle to cope if the price of petrol kept rising.
UNDER THE PUMP: Sokunna Son from Mountain Creek fills up her car with petrol. She would struggle to cope if the price of petrol kept rising. Brett Wortman

MANY Coast motorists residents probably will be caught out tomorrow when the price of petrol is expected to hit $1.60 per litre.

And they're not going to be happy about it.

The RACQ has warned the price hike is imminent and advised people to fill their tanks while the price is still relatively low.

But many didn't hear the news, including Ron Chambers from Neumann Petroleum Maroochydore.

But he said it didn't matter. There was nothing he could do about it.

"We will raise our prices in line with the rest of the market," the independent operator said.

"We will try and stay under the majors, but we've got to raise our prices as wholesale prices rise.

"When the wholesale price rises, our retail prices move accordingly.

"It's no different to any other place."

Mr Chambers said he knew exactly how customers would react to the rise but he had done everything he could to soften the blow.

"When fuel prices rise, we try and stay under the majors," he said.

"We've gotta have something that differentiates us from the majors.

"What people don't know is that at our station we honour all the major super market shopper dockets.

"That helps decrease the price of fuel as well."

As word of the price rise began to filter through to motorists, it wasn't well received.

Sokunna Son, from Mountain Creek, said it would hit her hip pocket hard.

"I drive around every day and I have the kids in school, and I go into town to get things and attend appointments," she said.

"This will affect my budget a lot.

"Food and everything else seems to be going up and we're paying more.

"The income stays the same or even less.

"I'm a single mum and it's hard."

Wasiu Ajani, from Nambour, also wasn't happy.

"I'm hearing this for the first time," he said.

"It will definitely affect my fortnightly budget.

"I will have to sit down and work around my budget."

And while every motorist will be affected, some will feel it more than most.

"I have to do a lot of driving around during the day due to work, so I spend a fair bit a week on fuel," Buddina man Scott Elliot said.

"It makes me feel like s**t.

"The prices are just too high.

"But I've got to buy fuel. It's a necessity.

"I've just gotta plan when I fuel up; go on the cheapest days and use the shopper dockets."

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