Make your voice heard in regional fuel inquiry

MEMBER for Mildura Peter Crisp is standing by local motorists who feel they are being slugged too much at the petrol bowser.

With his Nationals and Liberal colleagues, Mr Crisp established the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fuel Prices in Regional Victoria to investigate the differences between city and country fuel prices.

Mr Crisp announced on Wednesday that Mildura would be among the regional locations for inquiry hearings.

“Fuel prices in Mildura are often higher than in Melbourne or Adelaide, pushing up business expenses and costs of living,” Mr Crisp said.

“Because we are situated on the border with NSW, and close to the South Australian border, Mildura will be an important case study for the inquiry to look at the discrepancies between different jurisdictions.

“Mildura is also a freight hub, and the price impacts to business strongly influences he strength of our local economy, so an inquiry like this one is vital for us.”

The inquiry is being conducted by the Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee, which is made up of Mr Crisp and six other Victorian MPs.

“This inquiry will look at the range of impacts fuel prices have on our communities, and consider measures that may help motorists with that cost,” Mr Crisp said.

“The committee will also consider the laws and regulations that influence petrol prices and the best practice approaches used in other states.

“It will also examine fuel pricing methodology and why fuel prices vary between Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as between regional locations.

“I urge all Mildura residents to consider making a submission to the inquiry, because fuel prices affect many – if not most – of us.”

The deadline for submissions is September 22.

Submissions can be emailed to eejsc@parliament.vic.gov.au or made online at parliament.vic.gov.au/eejsc

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