Mansfield locals have been long-time sufferers of high petrol prices because of the town being a holiday destination.
Doug George, who has lived in the town for 20 years, said the prices had always been high.
‘‘It’s always been higher than anywhere else. It’s not a new thing,’’ Mr George said.
Last week prices at both of the town’s service stations saw unleaded petrol at 131.9¢/litre, diesel at 134.9¢/litre and gas was 85.9¢/litre.
Mr George said it did not help that Mansfield was a tourist destination.
‘‘There’s snow on Mt Buller in the winter and waterskiing and mountain biking in the summer,’’ he said.
‘‘About 70 per cent of ratepayers don’t live in the town, they are mostly holiday homes.
‘‘It went up two weeks before the Queen’s Birthday holiday (just before the ski season) and it went up (again) to what it is now a fortnight ago.’’
Mr George said people were already filling up elsewhere and a recent takeover of a Mobil station nearby could make matters worse for the town, who have already seen a Shell service station close down.
‘‘A lot of people who go to Wangaratta and Melbourne or wherever they fill up there. I filled up in Wangaratta the other day. It was about 122 (¢/litre).
‘‘A Mobil down at Bonnie Doon has sold to an independent and prices are very cheap,’’ he said.
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