The average price of fuel in city's across the region hasn't just crept past the 150 cents per litre mark in the last three weeks, it's also edged closer to a five-year high and the NRMA is predicting it will continue climbing over the coming months
Some small relief is predicted later in the month, however with the terminal gate price and worldwide demand for oil increasing, longer-term it appears motorists will be forking out more cash to fill up not just in Dubbo but the entire region too.
The average price of regular unleaded fuel and diesel has steadily increased since its dramatic low at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
According to Fuel Check, as of Friday evening the average price of unleaded fuel in Dubbo was 153.9, higher than both Bathurst (144.63) and Orange where it was 147.41.
The average cost of diesel per litre in Dubbo was 146.21, slightly lower than Orange which was 147.23 and Bathurst with 146.3
"Across regional areas the prices have gone up by between 2.2 and 3.9 cents per litre in the last three weeks," NRMA spokesperson John Macgowan said.
"We are predicting prices to trend downward slightly at the end of the next week but it does appear as though they will continue to climb (long-term)."
Adjustments to prices offered by independent retailers has also played a role in the inflation, Mr Mr Macgowen said.
"For some time independent retailers were offering lower prices to stay competitive however you can only do that for so long, so in the regions we're seeing those readjustments now," he said.
The cheapest prices of both unleaded petrol and diesel was slightly lower in both Bathurst and Dubbo compared to Orange, with just the Shell service station in Brocklehurst offering diesel for the lower price of 139.9 cents per litre.
"The thing for motorists to remember is they can still find below-average fuel, they just need to their own research and make sure they're looking around."
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