Shopper fuel incentive

By Peter Caton

A new petrol discount scheme being launched in Murwillumbah this week aims to stem the flow of shoppers heading to Tweed Heads where petrol prices are cheaper.

The scheme run by the Murwillumbah and District Chamber of Commerce will offer a range of fuel discounts to people who patronise town businesses.

Discount vouchers, given out by shops which choose to take part will be able to be redeemed at the Caltex service station on the Tweed Valley Way at South Murwillumbah.

Yesterday chamber president Phil Youngblutt said participating businesses could purchase blocks of vouchers from the Chamber of Commerce which would reimburse the service station operators, Northern Marketing, and meet administrative costs.

It would be up to the participating businesses, he said, to decide what discounts to offer but he hoped it would mean a typical shopper in the town "might save up to eight dollars".

The chamber hopes the scheme will stop the drain of shoppers to Tweed Heads where they have been able to buy fuel for up to 18 cents a litre cheaper with major supermarket discount vouchers.

It also plans to write to the NSW Government and Tweed Labor MP Neville Newell complaining about the petrol price difference which is partly due to a NSW government scheme to subsidise fuel costs immediately south of the Queensland border but not in Murwillumbah.

"The scheme should cover the whole of the Tweed," said Mr Youngblutt who revealed concerns had also been raised about long on-going renovations inside the town's Coles supermarket and Sunnyside Shopping Centre plus the condition of Wollumbin Street.

Mr Youngblutt said Tweed Shire Council had promised to begin work on beautification of Wollumbin Street from early November.



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