Cheap fuel for thought

SUNSHINE Coast motorists have been advised to fill up on petrol before prices go up.

Yesterday the Coast boasted the cheapest unleaded fuel at an average price of 145.3 cents per litre.

The Coast's average price is just cheaper than Brisbane (145.7) and the Gold Coast (147.2).

However the RACQ was advising motorists to get in quick with the price expected to rise in coming days.

"We're expecting the price to go up any day now," RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said.

"There's been no movement as yet but it could move at any time and we strongly advise to fill up now."

The RACQ said south-east Queensland was currently at the bottom of its price cycle and yesterday prices were the lowest of the year.

The RACQ said it expected the price cycle to enter its expensive phase soon.

"We have a petrol cycle that impacts south-east Queensland, which includes the Sunshine Coast, it's currently in its cheap phase," Ms Smith said.

"We're near the end so fill up now before the price increase.

"Because we'll go straight into the dearer phase so snap it up while its cheap."

Ms Smith said the Coast often had the cheapest petrol in the state but for the first two months of the year Warwick was the cheapest.

The Coast was yesterday the cheapest and Ms Smith said the region enjoyed low prices because of high competition.

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