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Petrol prices on the rise across Mackay

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Soaring global oil prices are hitting Mackay motorists at the bowser.

Some local service stations were selling unleaded for up to $1.99 per litre on Wednesday.

That's still considerably less than Brisbane, where prices have soared to around $2.20 per litre, as the price cycle in the south east peaks.

Lauren Cooney from RACQ says the cost of unleaded remains more stable across regional Queensland, but has still gone up slightly.

"Prices have risen by five to six cents over the past seven days in most regional centres.

"Because regional Queensland doesn't have that fuel price cycle we won't see such a sharp jump in retail prices, but the upward trend is being driven by global oil prices, which are high," she says.

It might not seem like it, but Ms Cooney says the former Federal Government's fuel excise cut is still being passed on to consumers.

"Without it, the current price hike would see prices nudging that $2.40 a litre [in the south east], which is incredibly high."