Goulburn Valley motorists who use diesel are still in limbo as many service stations have a limited supply and are not sure when they will receive their next delivery.FIONA BROOM December 11, 2012 4:39am
Diesel fuel availability in the Goulburn Valley could be patchy for the next few weeks as Shell Australia works to restock service stations across Victoria.
Stations in Shepparton are operating day-to-day without certainty about when they will receive deliveries.
Safeway Caltex on Benalla Rd was running low on diesel yesterday and expected to run out by the end of the day, while the New Dookie Rd station, used largely by trucks, got a delivery yesterday afternoon.
But operators did not know when they would receive their next deliveries.
Country Fire Authority access to diesel has been secured, with brigades in discussion with fuel companies to ensure emergency supplies are available.
District operations officer Rob van Dorsser said a bushfire near Seymour at the weekend had not caused problems for crews’ fuel levels.
Shell Australia apologised to customers for the disruption to diesel availability caused by a disruption to production at its Geelong refinery.
The refinery supplies about half of Victoria’s diesel fuel and about 30 per cent of South Australia’s fuel.
‘‘Production of diesel restarted at the Geelong refinery on Sunday and the refinery is ramping up production over the next 24 hours,’’ a spokesperson for the company said.
‘‘The company expects diesel availability at Shell-branded service stations to improve over coming weeks as the company increases deliveries, but it will take time for deliveries to reach all parts of the state.
‘‘Shell has also quarantined diesel for emergency services and has made arrangements to get the diesel to areas where it may be needed.’’
Country Fire Authority units are at the scene of a fire on Leithen St in Shepparton this afternoon.
Mulwala Thirds full forward Gus McMillan kicked his 100th goal for the season on Saturday.
Murchison and Tatura SES units were two of 26 Victoria State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive an allocation of new equipment this week as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
The Queensland Fruit Fly was discussed a Murray Shire meeting on Tuesday afternoon - with plans being made for two public forums.
The Rochester Mural Festival will feature murals similar to ones displayed in Sheffield, Tasmania.
Girgarre Primary School students relate what the best book is they have read and why.
Moving ceremony on a cold Seymour night.
A commemorative plaque to mark 100 years of Berrigan Red Cross has been unveiled outside the Berrigan RSL Club.
Lillian King has celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by family members and friends.
Tocumwal defeated in Picola and District Football Netball League seniors action on Saturday, with Strathmerton taking a convincing win.
An announcement of NSW Government support for the re-opening of the Deniliquin Abattoir was made in Deniliquin this afternoon.
A $100 million investment program will recommence following parent company Coca-Cola Amatil's decision today to invest $78 million into SPC Ardmona.
She has hypoplastic left heart syndrome and Benalla residents have rallied to raise money to pay for Poppy's ongoing surgical treatment.
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