Gas price hikes as West Australians gas station supplies are cut by half, leaving customers with a bill of $500.
The closure of the Maser gas station at the edge of the state’s central business district, in the south-east of the country, has caused a sharp drop in gas prices.
More than $1,000 of gas has been piped in from the station since Thursday, as well as about $500 of diesel fuel.
It has also been reduced in price to about $30 a litre, but it is expected to be restored by the weekend.
Gas stations across the state have also been cut back to 50 per cent.
But in the northern city of Launceston, the station’s fuel costs are only a few dollars more, but the price of diesel has doubled.
“We have been running out of fuel for a long time, and this has been a big factor in that,” the station owner, Bob Smith, said.
The gas station closed for maintenance on Wednesday.
“If we had had diesel fuel we would have been able to keep up with that,” he said.
Mr Smith said the closure of Maser was a blow to the local community, which has relied on the station for decades.
“It’s just been a real blow for the community,” he told ABC radio.
We’re all still working, we’re still getting on with our lives.” “
They’ve just run out of diesel.
We’re all still working, we’re still getting on with our lives.”
The closure has also hit businesses across the area.
The operator of the popular Maser Gas Station, who did not want to be named, said it was a tough time for the local economy.
“There’s no one else to run the gas station anymore, we’ve had to close down,” he explained.
“This is a huge loss for the business community.” “
Mr Smith also said the community was in shock at the closure. “
This is a huge loss for the business community.”
Mr Smith also said the community was in shock at the closure.
“People have lost jobs, they’ve lost income, they’re not going to be able to get a mortgage,” he conceded.
The gas-fired Maser station was established in the 1890s. “
Everyone’s feeling a little bit sad.”
The gas-fired Maser station was established in the 1890s.
It opened in the 1990s as a delivery station for the city’s main station, and the station has been run by the local authority since its inception.
In 2000, the company acquired a local gas station that had a history of operating gas and diesel stations.