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30 Mar 2020
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Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach
Fishing operators say they struggle to stay viable
Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop
Early end to patrols, but beaches remain open
'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward
'Resilience plan writes itself' as needs arise
Rotary president returns to home confinement
New York trip turns to nightmare
Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services
Bays Fair won't be held until next year
Italian festival postponed
Rotary club cancels Opera in the Arboretum
Information on government website
Chamber joins in buy-local campaign
Wicks urges residents to remain calm
Council forecasts $32.5 million deficit before virus costs
Council elections postponed 12 months
Council to tender for after hours call service
The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
Health District 'as prepared as humanly possible'
Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery
Private hospital offers surgery to 'relieve load'
Woy Woy Hospital changes visiting hours
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Photographers and artists wanted by arboretum group
Art prize winners announced
Benefit concert postponed
Folk club cancels March concert
Theatre group reschedules plays to next year
College campuses transition to online learning
Teachers are designing activities for home learning
School adopts Batlow as 'bushfire buddy'
Schoolwork prepared for online learning
Students take part in photography workshop
Events cancelled, postponed and proceeding
Umina launches Learning at Home portal
School attendance drops to 15 per cent
School subscribes to online learning programs
Southern Spirit declared runners-up after washout
Women's sevens final played at Woy Woy
Netball association may face tough decisions
Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May
Soccer players wait for news about season's future
Swans season deferred

Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop

Fuel prices on the Peninsula were more than 50 per cent higher that prices at Tuggerah during a recent price drop in crude oil prices.

The Peninsula Unleaded 91 price dropped to 141.9 cents a litre, but prices at Tuggerah dropped as low as 88.9 cents.

Petrol prices on the Peninsula are consistently the highest on the Central Coast, often by more than 40 cents per litre.

Media manager Mr Murray Newton for Viva Energy Australia, which supplies the Coles Express service stations, was unable to give specific reasons for the price difference.

He said there were a variety of local factors that influenced the retail price of fuel including local competition and different pricing strategies.

"We endeavor to be competitive within our local markets and relative to our competitors," he said.

Mr Newton said fuel prices in regional areas tended to be more stable than in cities where prices moved in cycles, yet, lower population areas with lower demand resulted in fewer outlets, leading to less competition.

Meanwhile, the Australian Competition and Consumer Association was monitoring fuel prices all over Australia to make sure recent falls in international crude oil and refined petrol prices were flowing through to consumers.

This followed a decline in the price of crude oil and refined petrol since early January and, in particular, sharp falls in crude oil prices last week, according to Commission chair Mr Rod Sims, in a media release on March 16.

"We will be looking at the market very closely to determine if further sustained reductions in international prices are being passed on to consumers, and we will be publicly identifying those retailers that are not passing on reductions.

"The Commission cannot control the petrol prices companies set but we can call out problematic price setting which can influence company behavior," Mr Sims said.

The National Roads and Motorists Association spokesman Mr Peter Khoury said the public was losing patience waiting for the oil companies to do the right thing.

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