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Baldwin’s in big fuel price drop

Friday, 4th January, 2019

Baldwin Automotive’s (from left) Brett Baldwin, Mick Baldwin and Neville Fry proudly display their lowered petrol prices.PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Baldwin Automotive’s (from left) Brett Baldwin, Mick Baldwin and Neville Fry proudly display their lowered petrol prices.PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Petrol prices at one local petrol station have plummeted to the lowest price Broken Hill has seen for months. 

Baldwin Automotive dropped its unleaded and diesel fuel prices on Wednesday, January 2, after owner Mick Baldwin made a timely purchase.

“Fuel’s been going down as you know, and we bought fuel at the right price at the right time,” said Mick.

“I used to have a service station when I was twenty-two, so I’m not real fond of petrol companies either so, I used to be known as the petrol rebel of Broken Hill years ago.

“If we can get a couple of extra services a week we’re happy, it creates business, we get a lot of tourists and they’re happy,” he said. 

Baldwin’s are probably the only petrol station in the city to pump fuel for customers.

“We do actually serve the fuel... I enjoy talking to the people anyway, especially tourists,” said Mick.

They believe they are likely to be the only one’s still doing so in all of Australia. 

Mick is hopeful that the fuel will remain on the lower side in terms of pricing.

“They will (stay lower) as long as I can buy it at the right price,” he said.

“It’s really the timing when you buy it and when you don’t, it’s really hard to get it right.

“Although some days I may only make 2 cents a litre which people don’t realise that, and you sell 2000 litres a day.

“It’s one of those things, we’re not out to get anybody it’s just trying to service our own thing really,” said Mick.

“We’re a bit out of the way here but all these fuel apps, they make a hell of a difference.”

Mick is unsure of how long the prices will remain at such a low price.

“I don’t know ... I’m gonna make a phone call tomorrow morning just to see what the next lot of prices are gonna be, hopefully it’s still down.

“I get looked after fairly well, but like I said it’s really when you buy, it’s very hard to know, the last lot I got was very dear,” he said.

“The way it is here now, I don’t think it will go much lower than it is ... most people are after cheap fuel as simple as that.”

Baldwin reminded the people of Broken Hill that when they get their fuel from Baldwin Automotive, the money stays within the local community.

“That’s the big thing, the money does stay local... we’re born and bred local,” said Mick.

Across Australia in the past month, prices on unleaded, premium and diesel have gradually dropped one or two cents every few days and global oil prices are at the lowest they have been in months, sitting at around $60 a barrel.

The strengthening Australian dollar and downturn in the petrol pricing cycle means Australians can look forward to the prices remaining lower for the time being.

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