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How will fuel price rises affect you?

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Oil hits record at $109,85 a barrel
The price of crude oil has hit an all-time high for the sixth time in seven trading sessions.

Could you ever imagine that we would say that cheap petrol at $1.40 litre looks like being a thing of the past?

In the rural areas, most of us drive 4 wheel drive vehicles on a daily basis. The chart below shows the typical fuel consumption for both onroad and offroad. Gas pump







Diesel 4 cylinder




Diesel 6 cylinder




Turbo Diesel 4 cylinder




Turbo Diesel 6 cylinder




Petrol 4 cylinder




Petrol 6 cylinder




Petrol 8 cylinder




OK, so the average consumption is 12 litres /100 kilometres – or more.

The King Valley is about 50 Kilometres from Benalla or Wangaratta with a round trip of 100k – or 12 x $1.40 to buy the weekly groceries ($16.80)

For the majority of locals who work in Benalla or Wangaratta, it is costing them $84/week just to go to work.

Just this week, a tradesman quoted us $160 in travelling costs to honor a white goods warranty. We knocked him back and fixed the problem ourselves.

I reckon fuel prices will hit $2.00 / litre before the end of the year. That would cost $20 to do a shopping trip and $100 a week to go to work.

What can we do to cope with such a price rise?

Written by Greg Naylor

11 March 2008 at 2:01 pm

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  1. To be fair Greg ‘most’ people in rural areas do not own four wheel drives and ‘most’ of those who do don’t really need to. While I agree that the situation is pretty diabolical for people in communities like your own what we all need to be doing is looking for co-operative solutions to the problem. I’m not advocating the entire King Valley become a commune, but there must be ways to co-ordinate resources between neighbours to overcome the fuel cost.

    The first thing that should be implemented is car pooling. If the majority of locals work in Benalla and Wangaratta then car pooling is a dead easy solution to relieve people’s costs. The next thing to look at is what delivery services are available for shopping. It might not be economical for everyone in the valley to get groceries delivered individually, but what if half a dozen families combined their orders and split the delivery charge? By your reckoning there’s $20 per family available to cover the charges.

    Ubiquitous, individualised transport will have to become a thing of the past for a lot of people. This isn’t just a rural problem. but also an issue for people on the fringes of metropolitan areas who don’t have access to adequate public transport.

    Dave from Albury

    11 March 2008 at 3:00 pm

  2. Only 4 cylinder sedans will come in under the average above Dave. With the distribution of people across the rural landscape, organising car pooling would be difficult.

    However, if people formed clusters with their nearest three neighbours for the weekly shop, they could take it in turns to pick up the others pre-ordered supplies saving three trips a month for a savings of $60. Simple isn’t it!

    Greg Naylor

    11 March 2008 at 3:33 pm

  3. the obvious “travel less” springs to mind, wherever feasable I think it’s worthwhile.
    I think collectively we have become quite used to flitting around the country-side as and when we please.
    It’s not sustainable is it?


    11 March 2008 at 3:50 pm

  4. “Let’s drive to Melbourne to see a show” … sounds vulgar under such a high priced fuel regime doesn’t it

    Greg Naylor

    11 March 2008 at 3:57 pm

  5. yes and no, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for country people to have access to performing arts but I do think it speaks to a deficiency in community arts in regional areas if it’s only available in Metropolitain areas.


    11 March 2008 at 4:06 pm

  6. Our language might just be affected too. Terms like Shanks’s Pony might get a re-run.


    11 March 2008 at 4:06 pm

  7. interesting history of the term there Jim, I’m familiar with the term but wasn’t aware of it’s origins.


    11 March 2008 at 9:02 pm

  8. Expensive petrol, ridiculously expensive, is here to stay. I see only 3 solutions for rural/regional areas:

    1. Get rich – there’s a cheap ski resort or two on the market, which could be a gold mine (well it worked for them!)
    2. Get a job at the local council and have your neighbours supply your car & petrol via their rates.
    3. Stay home, drive less.

    It really does build a strong case for alternative fuels and/or more fuel efficient vehicles. Maybe we’ll all be driving Tata Nanos when they come out. That would cut the fuel consumption in half. Sorry Greg, I don’t think there’ll be a 4WD version.


    12 March 2008 at 3:26 am

  9. Another term that comes to mind is “treadlegs” and mine gets a regular workout.


    12 March 2008 at 7:41 am

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