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A special golfing day for Mel

Sue Morgan and Mick Broers enjoy a laugh at the Yass Golf Club on Sunday. Photo: Supplied.The weather gods weren’t kind with the rain coming down until midday, but that did not stop the 35 slightly demented golfers from competing in the stableford competition on Sunday to raise money for Mel Callow and her family.
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Despite the inclement conditions the day was a huge success. Lucas Carmody won the golf with 42 points on a count back from Ben Donohue.

After the golf a good crowd attended the club house for the silent and live auctions and the drawing of the raffle. The money raised was in excess of $16,000 which was very pleasing. A large number of people and business houses contributed to the success of the day and their generosity should be commended.

The first prize in the raffle, the $1,000 Westfield voucher, was won by Harry Field and was donated back to Mel and her family by Harry’s parents Andrew and Alex. A special thank you to them for such a thoughtful gesture.

The other highlight of the day was the longest drive competition organized by Matthew Waters. As it was late in the day and several beers had been consumed some of the male golfers were not focusing all that well and there were mishits and balls going in every direction.

In the end our local pro Kirk Davis won the competition but only just from a couple of young guns; Blake Partridge and Alex Walker.

A special thanks must go out to Katie Walker and Sue Morgan who were the main contributors in bringing the day to together and making it the great success the fundraiser was. Also many thanks to anyone else who helped with the selling of raffles tickets, organizing prizes and items for the auctions. And of course we must thank the local community for their generosity in supporting the fundraiser.

In the Saturday stableford, Kim Stephan had an excellent round of 44 points to win the B-grade money, while in the A-grade young star Robby Furner continued his good form of late, scoring 43 points to take the prize.

Results

Winners: A-grade: Robby Turner (7) 43 points. B-grade: Kim Stephan (24) 44 points. Ball winners: K Stephan 44, R Furner, T Kelly, G Rees-Kerr 43, S Walker 41, G Hayden, R Jackson, W Nelson 40, J Brady, R Greig, W Scheffler and R Walker 39 points. The Australian Hotel nearest the pins went to Greg Weir (275cm) on the eighth hole and Richard Walker (147cm) on the 16th. The Yass Valley Tyre Service 11th hole went Robby Furner (253cm) and the Mick Curtis sponsored nearest the pin after two shots on the 4th went to Tim Kelly (224cm).

Winner: 18-hole event: Lucas Carmody (16) 42 points ocb. Runner up: Ben Donoghue (13) 42 points. Ladies: Katie Walker (32) 27 points. Nine-hole event: Mick Broers. Runner-up: Lu Lu Julian. Nearest the pins: Second: Ben Donoghue, eighth: Mick Coggan and the 16th went to Wayne Wilson. The straightest and longest drives went to Phil White.

First day back after the Christmas break saw ten players face the starter in the Dad’s Army Competition last week and the player that stepped way out in front was our most senior player ‘Lofty’ Les Puckett with a very good score of 21 points. He must have been doing some practice during the break. The two players that picked up the balls on offer were Joe Morrissey and Merv Wright, with 18 points each. Scoring ranged from 21 down to 11 points.

Until next week good golfing ‘boys’.

Winners: A-grade: Robby Furner (9) 23 points. B-grade: Ryan Greig (22) 24 points. Ball winners: R Greig, R Furner 23, R Colburn 22, R Furner, M Bray, W Wilson, S Walker 21, S Walker 20, R Greig 21, B Oldfield and K Mann 20 points.

Saturday January 17: Fourball Multiplier Event.

Sunday January 18: stableford event.

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Wetting a line at summertime

GOOGONG Dam has been lined with summertime fishos wetting a line this week as the holiday period rolls on.
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Local boy Lachlan Christou and his pop George Christou trying their luck at Googong on Monday (PHOTO: David Butler).

However fish were few and far between when The Queanbeyan Age checked in during overcast conditions earlier this week.

Local boy Lachlan Christou and his pop George were having a great time fishing regardless on Monday morning, although eight-year-old Lachlan was more interested in playing with the yabbies being used for bait than catching any fish.

But despite a quiet start to the week, redfin perch have been caught in massive numbers at the local fishery on hotter days.

The Queanbeyan Age checked in with local fisho Roman Dicovski this week to get his top tips for fishing the popular local destination.

Mr Dicovski has built a national reputation for himself over the last decade as Googong’s own cod-whisperer, regularly landing metre-plus Murray Cod at the dam and documenting his exploits in the ‘Googong Green & Gold’ fishing series.

And if you’re just the average summertime fisherman who casts a few lures or worms from the shore a few times a year, your best bet is redfin perch, Mr Dicovski said.

“There’s been big red fin up to 50cm caught. The redfin fishing is just insane at the moment.

“From the bank, the best bet for lure fishermen is casting lipless crankbaits or hardbodies in the shallows, because the redfin are schooling up [in the shallows] and hunting. So you can actually sight cast for them, because the water is pretty clear.

“If you’re in a boat, it’s just about finding the schools on the sounder that are out on the points and dropping ice jigs, lipless crankbaits or soft plastics in anything from 5 to 25 metres of water and just fishing the schools. You can catch cricket scores of red fin,” he said.

“For bait fishermen, worms or small yabbies are your best bet. There’s some trout in there as well, so if you’re bait fishing you’re a chance of catching trout as well if you’re in the deeper water.”

And the good news is that redfin are tasty as well, and regarded as one of the best freshwater table fish in the country.

But for those dreaming of landing some big natives at Googong, you’d better know your stuff. Even the most experienced Googong fishermen regularly go for days without a single bite.

“It’s one of the best cod fisheries in the country, but it’s hard,” Mr Dicovski said. “Sometimes you’ve got to cast all day for no hits, and then one day, you’ll get a couple. But they’re in there, and they’re big.

“Nine out of 10 people can’t catch natives out there, because it’s a fishery where you have to be in the right place at the right time and the fish are hard to catch and a lot of people don’t put in the hard work to get them.”

However shore fishermen may well stumble across another well-respected native at Googong, the golden perch. Mr Dicovski recommended fishing right on dawn and dusk for those chasing golden perch.

– NSW Fishing regulations allow registered fishermen to keep only two Murray Cod caught in Googong per day, provided it’s between the 55 and 75cm acceptable size limit. Redfin perch are an introduced species, and as such no size or bag limits apply. For more fishing rules and regulations, visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/regulations.

Roman Dicovski’s Redfin Fishing Tips

By Roman Dicovski

IF YOU are looking for a tasty feed of fish from Googong the native Murray Cod & Golden Perch are easily superseded by the fantastic table fish known as the Redfin Perch.

Targeting Redfin is generally an easy task whist fishing Googong Dam. When bait fishing, a simple running sinker rig baited with a small yabby or worms will work every time if the Redfin are inhabiting that particular area. The best method for lure anglers who fish from the bank is simply to cast noisy hard-bodied or lipless crank-bait style lures, such as Rapala Ripin Raps and retrieve with an erratic twitchy action to resemble a fleeing, injured fish. Generally most lure colours will work on this aggressive species but anything with a tinge of red is an absolute stand out for catching Redfin.

Boat anglers will find the best method to target these schooling fish is to locate them on your depth sounder (fish finder), then drop you’re sinking lure vertically into the school. A Redfin Jig (Ice Fishing Jig) works perfectly for this, simply allow your lure to sink to the bottom then slowly twitch and jig your lures back up through the school. Incorporating a pause in the lure as well as a jerky fast retrieve can also spark interest especially if the school happens to get a bit lure shy after capturing a number out of it

The Redfin of Googong grow well into the 40cm bracket and even beyond the magic 50cm mark which is not usually seen in many waterways. Not only are they impressive in length but the Googong Redfin boast a very thick & plump white clean flesh. All these qualities of the Redfin Perch make it them a perfect choice for families to target.

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Murray Bridge NDIS office opensVIDEO

Attending the opening were Dianne, Raeshawn, Braylen and Amy MathieMURRAY Bridge became the first regional centre in South Australia to host a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) office when a trial site was opened on Thursday.
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Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield officially opened the centre with the help of Member for Barker Tony Pasin andMurray Bridge boy Raeshawn Mathie , who will benefit from the new hub for disability support services.

Other notable figures, including Dignity for Disability MP Kelly Vincent and NDIS chief executive officer David Bowen, attended the opening ceremony, which also featured music from guitarist Maggie O’Moore and a smoking ceremony by Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner.

The NDIS is currently being rolled out across the State for children aged five and under, and will cover all eligible residents by 2018.

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Farmers welcome ACCC’s new petrol price reports

NSW Farmers has welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s decision to monitor and analyse fuel markets in a more regular and in-depth way.
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Mr Peter Wilson, chairman of the NSW Farmers’ Business Economics and Trade Committee, saidregional consumers had been paying too much for their petrol and diesel fuel.

“While our metro counterparts have seen a reduction in fuel prices of late, this has not transpired in regional markets.”

The report released by the ACCC indicates the static nature of regional petrol markets. According to the ACCC,average city prices fell by around 35 cents from July to January whereas the gap between city and country increased from 5.7 cents to 17 cents per litre.

Mr Wilson said NSW Farmers looked forward to the ACCC undertaking this work.

“While it is disappointing it only has the capacity to review three regional markets a year, we will provide any assistance we can to help it with its analysis.”

The ACCC study will involve both quarterly macro reports looking at the drivers of fuel price movements in all capital cities and around 180 regional locations, as well as at least four market studies looking at micro issues which include analysing the drivers of petrol prices in particular regional markets.

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School’s in for Googong fish

Department of Primary Industries hatchery manager Matt McLellan and volunteer Alex Tredinnick released almost 20,000 native fish at Googong Dam this week.LOCAL fishermen will have a better chance of catching native fish in Queanbeyan in the coming months after the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) released 15,000 golden perch fingerlings and 4,000 murray cod fingerlings into Googong Dam on Tuesday afternoon.
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The fish are currently between three and five centimetres long, although DPI hatchery manager Matt McLellan said some would soon grow into healthy, adult fish at the local waterway.

“By us stocking in here, it gives anglers a chance to catch native fish here at their local dam, and it’s a boost for native species as well,” he said.

It’s unknown what percentage of the fingerlings will reach maturity, with the vast majority set to become lunch for bigger fish. The Age witnessed one tiny golden perch being half-eaten before even reaching the Dam, gobbled in the bucket by a Murray Cod only millimetres larger than it.

“If you’ve ever wondered how Murray Cod get so large, that’s how,” Mr McLellan laughed.

The fish are part funded by the NSW Government and the Recreational Fishing Trust, with money raised from fishing licences sponsoring the program.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries stocks between 1 and 1.5 million fish into state waterways each year.

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Teenager faces two shire robbery charges

A boy, 16, has been arrested after two robberies in Sutherland Shire.
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Police said the teenager and his friends had threatened another boy, and stole his phone and cash, at 10.20pm on December 11 last year at Sutherland.

Miranda police said the same teenager went at 8.45pm last Monday to a Caringbah convenience store, on Kingsway, threatened a female employee, 25, and stole cash and cigarettes.

Officers spotted the him before he ran to a home in Sindone Place, Caringbah, where the resident, 76, tried to stop him but he fled.

Police searched the area but did not find the boy.

Wollongong police went to a home in Staithes Mews, Bellambi, at 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday) and found the teenager who hit a female officer in the face before he was arrested.

The teenager was charged with two counts of robbery, aggravated breaking and entering, two counts of assaulting police, and resisting arrest.

He was refused bail to appear in a children’s court on February 20.

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Buffaloes thrive in poor conditions

Bowning’s Angus Bennett-Burleigh claimed two wickets in his side’s victory over the Royal Hotel Pirates on Saturday. Photo: RS Williams.Bowning shone in overcast conditions on Saturday, easily accounting for a lacklustre Royal Hotel Pirates outfit.
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The weather meant Bowning Oval became a bowler’s paradise and the Yass side wasn’t up for the challenge, notching just 109 before they were bundled out.

Beau Walker was chief destroyer for the Buffaloes, taking four scalps for just seven runs off nine overs.

Angus Bennett-Burleigh and skipper Andrew Swaffield also contributed with a couple of wickets each.

The Pirates came out firing with the ball and took the early wickets of Dave Brown (0), AJ O’Mara (4) and Andy Currell (4). But it proved too little too late and despite getting the in-form Mark Dyball out cheaply, a partnership between Beau Walker (21) and Andrew Swaffield (61 n.o) got the Buffs all but over the line.

The 61-run knock continued the captain’s stellar form and kept him at the top of the competition’s leading run-scorer list.

The clash between the Snipers and the Golf Club got just ten overs old in Bookham before rain forced a draw.

The match between Harden and Boorowa suffered the same fate.

In the Sweeney Cup the Yass Soldiers Club Horns batted first against Dalton and a solid partnership between Joe Logue (28) and Ed Ngatai (23) helped them to a 126-run total.

While Nathan Apps (32) started the run-chase off solidly he received minimal support from his teammates, with the possible exception of Brett Newman who posted 17.

Joe Logue then dominated with the rock, taking four wickets on the Dalton pitch, and the home-side was bowled out nine runs short.

In the only other Sweeney Cup game that was completed Murrumbateman posted 122 for the loss of just three wickets off its allotted overs. It was too great a prospect for Bookham away from home and despite a strong display from opener Brad Hazell (42), the Bulls were were all out for 112 runs off 31.2 overs.

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Qbn Council to make asbestos register public

QUEANBEYAN mayor Tim Overall has announced this week that Council will “open the books” and make its register of known loose-fill asbestos- or Mr Fluffy-affected -properties public to prospective Queanbeyan buyers.
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The news follows a recent announcement from the NSW Government’s asbestos taskforce that the Government will legislate towards a voluntary buyback and demolition scheme for affected asbestos homes in the state, similar to the ACT Government’s $1-billion buyback scheme announced last year. The NSW Government’s package would also include a ‘mandatory disclosure’ policy for all affected Mr Fluffy houses to declare that fact prior to any sale process going ahead.

Queanbeyan Mayor Overall said that move from the State Government had given Queanbeyan City Council the support and confidence it needed to make the register available to prospective buyers.

“One of the announcements from the NSW Government is that they will legislate for mandatory disclosure requirement in regard to property sales and leasings.

“That being the case, I’ve recommended that Council will not wait for that legislation, and effective from the date of that announcement Council will be openly disclosing to any property enquiries regarding purchasing or leases as to whether they’re on Council’s register or not.

“I believe it’s appropriate that we don’t wait for the legislation; that we act accordingly and open the books as it were to prospective purchasers,” he said.

Queanbeyan Council has kept its register of affected properties behind closed doors for over a decade, honouring a confidentiality clause made with residents in Queanbeyan who signed up for a voluntary insulation testing program with Council in the late eighties.

However recent pressure had come upon Council late last year to use that information to protect Queanbeyan residents from the toxic insulation. State Government MP David Shoebridge grilled Council staff at an asbestos hearing in November as to why it hadn’t acted on the information, or sought legal advice on the liability involved in holding the register.

The liability question raised its head again in December when Canberra couple Eddie Casey and his partner Dale Freestone, along with their two young children, purchased and moved into a Mr Fluffy home in Bungendore, unaware that it contained the deadly asbestos. Although in a different local government area, the property was on Council’s books as containing loose-fill asbestos.

More than 2,600 building and home owners across the state have now signed up for free loose fill asbestos checks in the wake of the NSW Government’s announcement of an asbestos taskforce and a subsequent buy-back and demolition program to clean up the toxic houses. Around 1150 of those homes are in Queanbeyan.

Local member John Barilaro said the progress was the result of new confidence from property owners in the assistance package being offered by the State Government.

“That announcement has given people confidence that Government is putting forward the support and resources to help people out of this issue,” Mr Barilaro said.

“If you give people confidence that we’re here to support those [affected] landholders and home owners, that people will come forward because there’s financial support in the short term and long term in the buyback and demolition [program].”

He also welcomed the news that Queanbeyan Council will make its asbestos register public to prospective property buyers.

“If the Council has got legal advice that they can disclose that information, that’s good news. We don’t want more people trapped in this Mr Fluffy issue.”

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Our week behind the lens: Photos

Our week behind the lens: Photos SYDNEY: Batemans Bay’s home-grown star Kirby Burgess is having the time of her life as the lead role of Frances ‘Baby’ Housman in the stage production of Dirty Dancing. Photo: Jeff Busby
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SYDNEY: Batemans Bay’s home-grown star Kirby Burgess is having the time of her life as the lead role of Frances ‘Baby’ Housman in the stage production of Dirty Dancing. Photo: Jeff Busby

NOWRA: Tomerong’s Attila Kaszo shot this remarkable image of a pelagic thresher shark giving birth while on a dive in the Philippines. Photo: ATTILA KASZO

NOWRA: Skip the horse was found stuck in a dam on a property on Forest Road. Owner Kathy Pryor was relieved after ambulance paramedics and a vet were able to pull Skip from the dam.

NAROOMA: NSW Police piper Cameron Bell leads retiring Sergeant Steve Mawson down the guard of honour at the Narooma police station on Wednesday. Sgt Mawson retired after 43 years of service to the NSW Police.

ULLADULLA: Competitors line up today (Friday) for the 2015 NSW Stramit Country Surf Life Saving Championships on Mollymook Beach, with the action continuing until Friday.

BATEMANS BAY: SES members Phil Rogers and Danny McDermott are grateful to Wayne and Suzanne Binder for their hard work over the past seven years. The couple is retiring from the SES.

BATEMANS BAY: Pipe teacher Rod Parker, Batemans Bay Soldiers Club president John McCaskill and CEO Paul Biddlestone are excited to see the club’s Pipe Band reformed.

MORUYA: Vince Honan will enter chickens in this year’s Eurobodalla District Show.

BATEMANS BAY: 100-year-old Amy Stoltze (centre) celebrated the milestone with niece Lorell Champion (left) from Victoria, son-in-law John and daughter Gweneth Wharton and nephew Rob Champion, also from Victoria.

ULLADULLA: National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel work to repair walking tracks at the Wirritin Ridge.

BATEMANS BAY: Adam Higgins has been involved in carnival life since age 12, and enjoys the joy his job at Bells Family Carnival brings.

TILBA: Tilba Post Office post masters Ken and Linda Jamieson with the old clipping in front of the historic post boxes. The clippiing was found under the floorboards and brought back lots of memories.

BATEMANS BAY: Felicite and Graeme Wylie before the mast of Notorious which has anchored in Batemans Bay.

EDEN: The Wanderer Replica Project has entered a new phase with official approval of its registration by the Department of Fair Trading as a non-profit incorporated association, and the election of a new executive committee. New president of the newly incorporated Wanderer Project committee is Morrie Lynch, the well-known Eden shipwright.

NAROOMA: Childhood sweethearts Dennis Allnutt and his lovely bride Marg got married renewed their wedding vows in front of family and friends at the Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club on Saturday. PHOTO DAVID ANDREW

ULLADULLA: Music teacher Elaine Davis (sitting) gives young musicians (from left) Brea Holland, Zeke Cameron, Maya Holstegge, Chloe Dadd, Rachel Tidbury and Emma Owens a few tips ahead of their performances for the Times Youth Music Scholarship in Mollymook on Australia Day.

NOWRA: John Gwilliam from Roxy Cinema stands beside one of the summer holiday’s star performers, Paddington, the film about the bear from deepest darkest Peru.

BEGA: Two examples of World War 1 heavy artillery that form part of the Bega War Memorial are being refurbished to bring them back as close to original condition as possible – with firing pins removed of course.

ULLADULLA: A little tern feeds its chick on the beach at Lake Conjola during what has been a mixed summer for endangered shorebirds on the region’s beaches. Photo: CHARLES DOVE.

TATHRA: Paid lifeguard services in Tathra have been extended through until the end of February for the first time after several businesses in town donated the money needed, backed up by a Southern Phones Mayoral Grant.

COBARGO: The Cobargo branch is one of several CWA groups taking part in a Macquarie University study into lead contamination in rural area drinking water supplies.

BEGA: The annual summer book fair run by Bega Rotary raised nearly $17,000 over two-and-a-half days, with half of the proceeds to go towards carers accommodation planned for the new South East Regional Hospital.

BEGA: Participants at Fling Physical Theatre’s summer school enjoy a break in the sunshine.

NOWRA: The white-rumped sandpiper has been spotted at Lake Wollumboola, which is a rare as the bird’s usual migration pattern takes it to the shores of South America. Photo: NARELLE WRIGHT

ULLADULLA: Ulladulla High School’s full cast of Beware the Storybook Wolves at rest between shows at St Mary’s.

ULLADULLA: Hei and Lo co-creators Hayley Flowers of Mollymook and Lucy Kate McNabb have both been nominated for best actress gongs in the LA Webfest Awards along with best script writing for the series seen on the internet.

NAROOMA: Tilba’s Phill Stokes went fishing with Narooma News editor Stan Gorton and they got into the flathead off Tilba. Phill got this great 56cm sand flathead that weighed 1.25kg. Check out all the South Coast fishing at

DALMENY: As the old saying goes – all’s well that ends well. Having a laugh after a Christmas Eve incident where a learner diriver mounted her front yard are Dalmeny Kianga RFS brigade firefighters Bruce Gillam and Mick Anderson, the driver Alison King and partner Pavle Reljin, partially obscured mum Joanne King and firefigher Jeff Iles.

EDEN: Eden Police have charged a 15-year-old male with five charges following incidents at Eden Gardens Country Club and nearby residential properties on Monday evening. Pictured is

EDEN: The Redfern Chruch Group at this year’s Eden Country and Western Gospel Sounds at Jigamy Farm.

KIAMA: Kiama U3A members (rear left to right) Laurie Gilbert, Roslyn Brooks, Brian Finch, Angela Boey. (Front left to right) Nancy Kerr, Margot McNair and Gill Divers brush up on one of the many interesting topics offered by the organisation.

WARILLA: The children with Santa at the DENNY Foundation’s Christmas Day lunch.

KIAMA: Arthur Tamer and Alana Blakeney of Our Neighbourhood: A Play with Songs will hit the stage at Gwynneville on January 16.

KIAMA: Lily Visser, 10, Chris Fuller, manager development assessment at Kiama Council, Joel Mion, 8, Eleni Michael, 7, Harry Stortz, 6, and Sharon Jones, children’s services officer at Kiama Library.

KIAMA: Margaret and Ralph Heyes celebrate 70 years married both 97 years old. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

PAMBULA: A young boy has suspected spinal injuries after being “dumped” at Pambula Beach.

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ACCC to focus on petrol price movements as Wimmera residents fire up about cost

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will focus on what drives petrol price movements as part of an analysis of fuel markets this year.
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The commission will produce four quarterly reports in 2015, along with at least four market studies looking at ‘micro issues’.

Commission chairman Rod Sims said the monthly average retail price of petrol across regional locations in Australia was 5.7 cents a litre higher than prices in the five largest cities in July last year.

He said by December, the difference had increased to 17.6 cents a litre.

‘‘Motorists in our larger capital cities have therefore seen the benefit of lower international prices but consumers in a number of regional locations have not,’’ he said.

‘‘While lags are expected, as older stock can take longer to run down in regional locations, we would expect the falls to be passed on reasonably quickly.’’

Mr Sims’ announcement about the commission’s approach comes as Wimmera residents criticise the cost of fuel in the region.

More than 80 people took to Facebook to share their opinion on petrol prices on a Wimmera Mail-Times post on Tuesday night.

Ashlee Schultz said Melbourne fuel was cheaper despite more transport options.

‘‘I paid 1.10 for my fuel yesterday in Melbourne,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s crazy to think it’s so much more expensive in regional areas where driving is often the only option of travel, where in the city you can use public transport easily enough to most places.’’

Caroline White called for Horsham stations to drop their prices. ‘‘I alway fill my car up when I am leaving Melbourne, Ballarat or anywhere else cheaper so I don’t have to get any for a few weeks,’’ she said.

Several Wimmera Mail-Times readers questioned why fuel was more expensive in the region.

Debra Frew asked what excuse fuel providers had to charge more.

‘‘It cannot be transport of fuel, we know the trucks run on diesel,’’ she said. ‘‘Someone is reaping a large profit to the detriment of rural people.’’

In December, Minister Bruce Billson directed the commission to monitor the prices, costs and profits relating to the supply of unleaded petroleum products.

He also directed the commission to report at least quarterly for three years.

Mr Sims said at least four market studies would look at ‘micro’ issues in considerable depth, including analysing the price-drivers of petrol in three regional markets.

The study in three locations will look at the cost of fuel in the nearest port; transport and storage costs; wholesale, distribution and retail costs.

It will also look at where money is being made in the petrol price value chain.

Mr Sims said the locations would not be announced yet to avoid market behaviour changes before the study started.

‘‘After the three market studies into particular regional regions, we will be able to draw lessons of wider relevance to other regional markets,’’ he said.

‘‘We may find consumers and local authorities in all regional areas will have a better ability to understand what drives their fuel prices.’’

The commission’s new petrol direction follows on from its action in relation to fuel shopper dockets and petrol price information sharing, which it alleges could have the effect of raising the general level of petrol prices.

‘‘This action is important as each extra cent per litre on petrol costs Australian consumers close to $200 million a year,’’ Mr Sims said.

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