Fuel for subsidy fight

PETROL prices are not going up without a fight.

Tweed motorists have made that abundantly clear with 225 signed letters of anger to Premier Nathan Rees over the axing of the northern New South Wales fuel subsidy.

The Tweed Daily News, thanks to the help of concerned readers, yesterdaytues mailed the letters as part of the Our Fuel Fight campaign to the office of Mr Rees to show the area's disappointment in the State Government's brutal mini-budget decision.

The NSW Government will end its fuel subsidy from June 30 in a desperate bid to save $44 million, a move destined to send petrol prices up and some independent service stations broke.

One of the last letters in the mailbag came from Chinderah residents Graham Ellen and his wife Marie.

Mr Ellen filled up on diesel for 135.9 cents per litre at the BP service station on Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah, yesterday and voiced his disgust at the thought of paying an extra eight or nine cents.

"They are paying $1 a litre for diesel in Sydney at the moment," Mr Ellen said.

"It is a big mistake what they are doing. Everyone is going to be affected by this.

"Diesel was the cheapest years ago. Then it started going up because everyone used it because of the price."

Tweed motorists have enjoyed weeks of cheap petrol with some service stations in Tweed Heads lowering prices to the $1 mark.

Mrs Ellen said the axing of the fuel subsidy will cause a chain reaction.

"We will all see the effects of it. Fuel prices are going to soar, food prices are already affected, and independent service stations will also be hard hit," she said.

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