PORT Augusta motorists missed out an overall state-wide price drop in August, but costs at the city’s bowsers remains competitive compared to the rest of the state.
The overall rating of South Australian regional fuel retailers dropped slightly in August, but the gap between the best and worst performers was the greatest seen by RAA in the past 12 months.
RAA Senior Analyst Chris West said Clare achieved the best rating in August with a score of 4.5 out of 5, followed by Kadina (4.1) and Murray Bridge (3.5), while Ceduna only managed a rating of 0.4.
“This is more than a four point difference between the best and worst regional towns, as retailers simply aligned their pump prices more closely with wholesale price movements in August,” Mr West said.
“Motorists benefited from very competitive petrol and diesel prices in the Clare Valley and Yorke Peninsula regions.
“But less competitive prices in Victor Harbor, Naracoorte and Ceduna contributed to bringing the state average down from 3 to 2.4.”
Naracoorte retailers’ excessive fuel prices, compared to neighbouring towns, was highlighted by RAA last month.
“Following our criticism, it was pleasing to see Naracoorte retailers dropped their prices, even if it was only a slight change,” said Mr West.
The best petrol prices in August were found in Clare (5 out of 5), while Kadina (4.3) was also rated as ‘very fair’, with Murray Bridge (3.7) rounding out the top three.
For diesel, Clare was also rated as ‘very fair’ (4.3 out of 5), followed by Kadina (4.1) and Loxton (3.9).
For LPG, Kadina had ‘fair’ prices (3.3 out of 5), while Port Augusta (2.7) and Port Pirie (2.3) made up the top three.