NOWRA ranks 12th cheapest out of 51 towns in a six-month snapshot of unleaded petrol prices across NSW and ACT last year.
The town’s average ULP price between March and September 2012 was 148.7 cents per litre cents, just behind Grafton which was 148.4 cents per litre.
The diesel price was not as good, with an average of 152.4 cents per litre, placing Nowra in 26th place.
The figures came out of the Bowser Buster website launched by the NRMA 18 months ago.
The website lists from cheapest to most expensive the average price of fuel at over 50 locations and ranks their price movements from week to week.
It found there was 14 cents per litre between the cheapest and most expensive towns over 18 months.
NRMA Motoring and Services local director Alan Evans said the top four locations had healthy competition, mostly thanks to the presence of independent retailers.
“It is hard to justify such a huge gap in average prices among towns when the oil companies buy their fuel from the same port at the same price,” Mr Evans said.
“On the South Coast, Moruya and Bega were well down the rankings for unleaded and diesel however Nowra returned a better result,” Mr Evans said.
“There is less demand for fuel at many locations in south eastern NSW. “Higher demand generally leads to lower prices due to competition.”
Mr Evans encouraged motorists to take advantage of a new government and to ask their local member of parliament what they were doing about petrol prices.
“You’ve got to buttonhole them and say, ‘What is your government doing about it?’ And keep asking them,” he said.
“From my years in Canberra when they have their party meetings the backbenchers are coming back saying, ‘The big issue in my electorate is this or that.’ Well, that needs to be petrol prices.
“That then gets attention from cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister and then they start doing something.
“If an issue is running hot and they all come back and say petrol is the issue it gets attention.
“It’s up to the people to take the issue to the politicians and keep taking it to them,” he said.
Bowser Buster is updated on Mondays and along with NRMA’s Weekly Petrol Report and Sydney petrol price search tool, helps arm motorists with information to save money at the bowser.