Grafton one of cheapest places to fill up this Easter

MOTORISTS in Grafton continue to pay less for the price of fuel than most of their North Coast neighbours.

Earlier this month the price for E10 unleaded petrol dipped into double figures at some outlets for the first time in many years due to historic lows in the price of oil and a recovery in the Australian dollar.

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The global crude oil price has since steadily recovered from its February lows to US$41.45 per barrel and local prices at the bowser have reflected that.

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However, while motorists during the busy Easter holiday period can no longer expect to pay less than $1 per litre, Grafton is still one of the cheapest places to fill up.

The Bowser Buster page on the NRMA website compares the price of unleaded and diesel fuel across more than 50 regional centres in the state.

According to the NRMA's figures for the week up to March 20, Grafton (110.4 cents per litre) is second only to Casino (103.7) for the cheapest regular unleaded petrol on the North Coast.

Meanwhile, neighbouring major centres Coffs Harbour (117.8) and Ballina (117.9) are two of the more expensive places to buy fuel in the state.

*Average unleaded fuel and diesel prices for the weeks ending March 20 and March 13:

Bill North

A week earlier Coffs Harbour's figure was 112.9 cents per litre compared to Grafton's 109.0.

Nowra led the way over the past week with an average unleaded price of 99.3 cents per litre.

If you drive a diesel vehicle the figures are even worse.

Prices did rise across the board last week given the average Mogas price fell 0.5 cents per litre; the average Terminal Gate Price increased 1.2 cents per litre while the Australian dollar rose 1.6 cents against the US dollar.

"Average prices aren't likely to drop below 110 cents per litre until after the Easter long weekend," an NRMA spokesperson said.

* Source - Bowser Buster on

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