Are supermarkets ripping us off for fuel?

I drove into Warrnambool last week from Port Fairy. If memory serves me right Port Fairy fuel was sitting at $1.12.9 but when I got to Warrnambool the independents were $1.12.9, while Woolworths were $1.18.9 and Coles Express a whopping $1.29.9.
Even with their 4 cent discounts it doesn’t take the price down to their competitors normal price. So why do the biggest fuel suppliers have the highest prices? No idea but greed comes to mind. Frequently I find the supermarket outlets are popping up the prices trying to see what they can get away with. They also seem to be the quickest to raise prices ahead of their competitors. Perhaps they think the discount will keeps us loyal and we are too stupid to checkout prices. They could be right as I watched people filling up at Shell with the station on the next corner 17 cents cheaper. Must be nice to have that much throw away income.
All it takes to keep the supermarket fuel outlets inline is for all of us to abandon them every time they put up the prices. If you see something cheaper go there. Support the outlets that are supporting you. We know the ACCC won’t protect us as the best they can do is “prices are up so try and wait till you fill up”. The only thing that will change the outlet culture is loss of profit and business. Talk with your feet and start walking. I did.


Does it really take that much to say hello?

Apparently it does. I walk on the beach nearly every morning like so many others taking in the fresh air, smell of the ocean and sand through the toes. I walk alone like many others while many walk with a friend, partner, group or their beloved dogs. It is a great place to be.
The reaction of one person to another gives a lot away on people’s personalities. Friendly, outgoing, introverted, unpleasant, aloof, etc, etc. I watched a comedian the other night who commented if someone looks at you as you are passing by you say “how are you” as it is a common human decency. I have been caught out saying “how are you” (as was the comedian) so I try to stick to hello or good morning.
Too many people do not understand this common human curtesy. They look at you and after you say hello scowl or ignore you completely. It is incredibly rude and unnecessary. Is life really that bad. Do I look like I am going to jam on my brakes and start a long conversation with you? Do I look like a serial killer? You have seen me every day for months and you have never been accosted.
If you don’t want a pleasantry from me then don’t look my way! I am not a free perusal. I come at a cost. It’s inexpensive and its free. I call it politeness. Why don’t we all give it a try.


East Beach, Port Fairy needs regular seaweed clean ups

Seaweed is part of visiting the beach but it shouldn’t reach the stage of stinking or making a beach walk troublesome. There has been a lot of seaweed build up in recent years which I don’t feel has been addressed by council. Now I don’t expect the levels of cleanup used on the Gold Coast (where every morning I would watch a tractor drag a spinning sieve that cleaned the beach of rubbish and syringes) but surely twice a week they could remove seaweed. You can even sell it as fertilizer.
Maybe even get a private contractor to do it for free to keep the seaweed. I used to know someone who picked up seaweed, broke it down and sold liquid fertilizer for quite a good living.
Let’s be honest. East Beach is what draws people to Port Fairy, so why have a beach that is hard to walk along and stinks. It’s not all the time, in fact it is not even that regular but definitely too often for my liking. As the beach is disappearing with Climate Change lets make what we have left as good as it possibly can be.