Nowra motorists advised to fill up elsewhere

Typical price motorists will pay at the bowser in Nowra.
Typical price motorists will pay at the bowser in Nowra.

It is no secret that motorists living in the northern part of the Shoalhaven are getting a raw deal on petrol.

For months, it has been around 15-20 cents per litre cheaper to fill up in Albion Park or Warilla than South Nowra or Bomaderry.

At its cheapest, unleaded fuel costs 118 cents per litre in Wollongong, in Nowra, you can fill up for 133 cents per litre.

The dearest service station, Coles Express at South Nowra, is charging 149.9 cents per litre.

An NRMA spokeswoman is encouraging motorists to shop around for the cheapest fuel when they fill up.

“I understand people’s frustrations,” NRMA spokeswoman Saoirse Connolly said.

“We can't do anything about it.

“The good thing is, not everyone who lives in Nowra stays in Nowra, so if they’re heading north they can try and pick up a bargain on the way.

“You can try and lighten the load by removing roof racks, and make your car more fuel efficient by servicing it regularly.”

Fuel Watch Australia and NSW FuelCheck apps are designed to help consumers choose the most affordable place to refuel, and motorists are encouraged to download them.

The Wollongong market is set for a price rise according to Mrs Connolly.

“There’s a cycle in Sydney, and depending on that the Wollongong market rises and falls,” she said.

“It’s currently spiking.

“Wollongong and Nowra are completely different, there’s not so much independence and competition in Nowra.”

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