Family?s fuel bill $340 each week
By Genevieve Allpass
Celine De Lauro and her partner Virgil Burns spend $340 a week just on petrol.
The young couple have their own businesses in the Kingscliff area. Celine runs a clothing store and Virgil a tiling business.
Once a week Ms De Lauro travels to Brisbane to collect stock, but with the ever increasing petrol prices, believes this may soon become a thing of the past.
"Having to cut back on trips to Brisbane means I won't be getting the clothing to the consumers as fresh stock and then having to rely on freight could also pose a problem because that's bound to go up in price as well," she said.
"If the high petrol pricing continues it will definitely affect my business.
The couple find they no longer have the extra money to spend on even the little things like going for a drive in the country on the weekend with their children.
And Ms De Lauro feels that the prices will also stop travellers coming through the Kingscliff area, which will impact on hers and other businesses in the Tweed.
Mr Burns has to drive to Coomera each day and finds the family petrol bills to be enormous.
"Maybe we'll have to downgrade our businesses and maybe we'll have to downgrade our cars but it feels like the harder you work, the harder it is to continue.