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  • MEDIA RELEASE : United Franchisee Wage Abuse Allegations

    by Maria Nicolas | Sep 04, 2015


    “United Petroleum pays its employees all award wages including legislated penalty rates without exception” David Szymczak, the Chief Operating Officer of United Petroleum said today. 

    United Petroleum is a proudly Australian owned importer, wholesaler, and retailer of petrol. United has over 350 retail locations across Australia and 50 of those are operated by franchisees. This independent and privately owned company is very progressive and is Australia’s largest distributor of ethanol blended fuels. 

    Following on from reports of widespread wages abuse in the 711 Franchise network, there have been ABC reports where it has been alleged that a United franchisee or a number of franchisees have been under paying workers. 

    Further in the ABC reports it has been alleged that, “One franchisee operating a service station that is open 24 hours a day has admitted to paying his workers just $15 per hour……The man said he believes that some United Employees were only being paid about $10 - $12 per hour, and claimed he has told senior management about underpaying workers with no response.” 

    United Petroleum pays to its employees all award wages including legislated penalty rates without exception. 

    United understands that the allegations regarding the underpayment of wages by a United Franchisee or United Franchisees, arose out allegations made to the ABC from two disgruntled ex-franchisees one of which was terminated for fraudulent acts and the other that failed to pay his bills. One of those franchisees allegedly admitted paying $15 per hour to his workers. If this is true and United had been aware of that activity the franchisee would have been given a breach notice as he would have been in breach of his Franchise Agreement. 

    United in no way is condones or is involved in the underpayment of wages, and takes the view that it is not an option when seeking to improve the profitability of any business. If a franchisee has under paid wages then he is in breach of his franchise agreement. 

    David Szymczak went on to explain, “The United Franchise model is very different to 711 Franchise model. In our case; 

    • There are clear provisions in our Franchise Agreement that the franchisee must pay award wages and obey all laws and regulations. If a franchisee does not they are clearly in breach of their Agreement; 
    • Our financial offer to franchisees is far superior to that of 711; 
    • We only ever franchise a site after a trading history is established, so the prospective franchisee knows exactly the business performance he can expect (unlike 711 and most other franchises). The franchisee can make his financial projections with confidence; 
    • Franchisees attend training course that they must pass to enter into a United Franchise. United also provides extensive hands on support; 
    • We have never had a franchisee go broke; 
    • We do not have any involvement in the Franchisees payroll."

    We are not aware of any approaches from Fair Work or any other regulators regarding the underpayment of wages by our Franchisees. 

    “United always pays award wages including all penalties and allowances in line with all laws and regulations, in all United businesses including all company run sites. Should there be Government enquiries into these matters we will fully cooperate, as we always do.” David Szymczak, the Chief Operating Officer of United Petroleum said today. 

  • United wins Canstar's Service Station award... for the fifth year in a row!

    by Production Smedia | Jun 26, 2015

    We are proud to yet again receive Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award – Service Stations for an unprecedented fifth year in a row. We have now been the recipient of the award every year since it was launched in 2011 and it’s a clear recognition of the hard work that we’re putting into delivering great products and services to our customers.

    Canstar Blue’s survey of Australian drivers saw United receive five-star ratings for overall satisfaction, the price of petrol, service, appearance and facilities.

    Eddie Hirsch and Avi Silver, owners and directors of United Petroleum, said: “It goes to show that our commitment to providing competitively priced fuel and conveniences is striking the right chord with Australian consumers."

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    Head of Canstar Blue, Megan Doyle remarked that “it takes a lot for motorists to compliment a service station on the price of fuel, but that’s exactly what United customers do... They also report friendly, helpful staff and good facilities. Most people are convinced United ticks all the boxes."

    “This is the fifth year in a row that United has stood out from the crowd with regards to fuel price and overall satisfaction. Congratulations to United on another outstanding result.”


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  • United Petroleum to fuel Morris' V8 Supercar campaign

    by Production Smedia | Jul 06, 2014














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    United Petroleum to fuel Morris' V8 Supercar campaign

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    United Petroleum has been unveiled as the new title sponsor of Paul Morris’ Dunlop V8 Supercar Series entry for this weekend’s Castrol Townsville 500.

    Morris’ car will carry the United Petroleum colours this weekend on the streets of Townsville - one of the biggest V8 Supercar events of the year - and for the remaining three rounds of the Dunlop Series at Queensland Raceway, Bathurst and Homebush in Sydney.

    United’s support of Morris affirms the company’s position as the official fuel supplier to the V8 Supercars Championship and is further leveraged through a partnership with Morris’ Performance Driving Centre on the Gold Coast, which doubles as the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience.

    “To have United Petroleum join our program is fantastic, they are a great Australian-owned company that is putting back into the community and our sport,” said Morris.

    “Having United as the official fuel supplier to the Performance Driving Centre shows a further commitment to Australia - we’re the nation’s premier driver training facility and the programs operated here have provided countless people with valuable skills.

    “It is also cool to have United involved with the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience program which gets you as close to the real thing as you can get.”

    Morris - who will join with Chaz Mostert in the #6 FPR Falcon for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup later this year - has always performed well in Townsville and his deal with United has given him even more purpose this weekend.

    “Townsville is a place that I always enjoy racing - there’s a great atmosphere at the event - you really get the chance to get the elbows up around the tight street course,” said Morris.

    “Traditionally, I’ve done well there. It would be great to follow up last year's race win there with a strong performance in the United Petroleum colours this weekend.”

    United is Australia’s largest independent fuel distributor, employing over 2,000 Australians. It is Australia’s only integrated Ethanol fuel producer and marketer.

    The Performance Driving Centre will be pumping the E85 United fuel which is used by V8 Supercars and which is now available through the company's national network of service stations.

    “This is an extension of our existing position in V8 Supercars as official fuel supplier and is really a perfect opportunity to expand the leverage of our involvement in the sport,” said United Petroleum’s Head of Marketing, Andrew Luxton.

    “Paul is one of the biggest personalities in V8 Supercars and is a proven front runner.

    “We’re also extremely happy to be on board with the Performance Driving Centre and the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience as the official fuel supplier.

    “The Centre is renowned throughout Australia and around the world - as one of the best driver training facilities and race experiences available.

    “This partnership goes hand-in-hand with our core business and we look forward to leveraging our involvement and providing many Australians and international visitors with potentially life saving skills from Advanced Driver Training programs.

    “We also look forward to being a part of the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience and seeing so many people enjoy a terrific program which is both educational and a lot of fun.

    “On top of that we believe Paul will be a great ambassador for United Petroleum and continue to be extremely competitive on track for the remainder of the season.”

    The Castrol Townsville 500 will take place at Reid Park, Townsville, this weekend July 4-6. The second race of the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series will be broadcast live throughout the Seven Network Television coverage.

    Tickets are available from Ticketek.

    DUNLOP V8 SUPERCAR SERIES SCHEDULE - CASTROL TOWNSVILLE 500:

    Friday, July 4
    0900-0930 - Practice 1
    1325-1355 - Practice 2

    Saturday, July 5
    0845-0925 - Qualifying (2 parts)
    1530 - Race 1 - 29 laps

    Sunday, July 6
    0925-1005 - Qualifying (2 parts)
    1315 - Race 2 - 29 laps

    FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Matt Payne - BAM Media
    The Performance Driving Centre/V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience
    P: +61 (0) 7 5580 3985
    M: +61 (0) 413 082 142

    E: matt@bammedia.com.au

    The United Petroleum supported Falcon that Paul Morris will race in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series

    Paul Morris with the United Petroleum supported V8 Supercar

    Paul Morris (left) with Andrew Luxton, Head of Marketing - United Petroleum - unveiling the United Petroleum V8 Supercar

    AUDIO - Paul Morris on the relationship with United Petroleum

    AUDIO - United Petroleum's Andrew Luxton on the relationship with Paul Morris, the Performance Driving Centre and the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience

     

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  • MEDIA RELEASE

    by Maria Nicolas | Jun 12, 2014

    United they stand: National petrol station brand awarded for the fourth time

    Canstar Blue releases Service Stations 2014 – most satisfied customers award

    United Petroleum has received Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award – Service Stations for an unprecedented fourth time.

    It means United has been the recipient of the award every year since it was launched in 2011.

    Canstar Blue’s survey of Australian drivers saw United given five-star ratings for overall satisfaction with the service station and also for the price of petrol.

    Eddie Hirsch and Avi Silver, owners and directors of United Petroleum, said: “United are delighted with this fourth straight Canstar Blue award. It goes to show that our commitment to providing competitively priced fuel and conveniences is striking the right chord with Australian consumers.”

    Tom O’Brien, United Petroleum’s CEO, added: “United will continue to ensure that Australian motorists and businesses will have access to the most competitively priced fuels and services in the Australian market.

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    “When it comes to which service station to fill up at, price is obviously going to be a bigfactor for most drivers, and United has clearly been keeping its customers very happy in that department,” said Megan Doyle, Canstar Blue Business Unit Leader.

    “For United to receive our award every year since it was launched in 2011 is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to them.”

    Canstar Blue’s survey of more than 2,000 Australian drivers – all of whom have visited a petrol station in the last three months – found that 59% of respondents nationally believe it is cheaper for them to drive than use public transport. Of those, just over half say they would use their car less if public transport was more affordable.

    A total of 24% of respondents said they would drive across town for cheap fuel and 68% said they follow the ebb and flow of fuel pricing, and fill up on days when petrol is the cheapest.

    Meanwhile 34% said there are days when they simply cannot afford to put petrol in their car.

    95 Octane (37%) is the most common type of petrol purchased by respondents, ahead of E10 Ethanol (19%) and 98 Octane (18%).

    Media Release 2Nationally the average spend on petrol of respondents is $144 a month, with Western Australians ($131) spending the least and Victorians ($159) the most.

    For further information or to speak with a United Petroleum or Canstar Blue spokesperson, please contact:

    Andrew Luxton – Head of Marketing, United Petroleum

    T: 03 9413 1518 or andrew.luxton@unitedpetroleum.com.au

    Simon Downes – Media Specialist, Canstar Blue

    T: 07 3837 4171 I E: simon.downes@canstar.com.au

    About United Petroleum

    United Petroleum is an independent, Australian owned petrol and convenience company which offers customers premium quality fuels and competitive pricing Australia-wide.  United Petroleum is one of the fastest growing independent companies in Australia, specialising in the retail and wholesale fuel markets; convenience stores and ethanol manufacture; generating employment for over 2,000 Australians.

    About Canstar Blue

    Canstar Blue was launched in July 2010 by CANSTAR - Australia and New Zealand’s premier researcher of retail finance information for more than 350 institutions across the finance sector.

    Canstar Blue releases regular surveys to measure and track Australian consumer satisfaction to help consumers make the best purchasing decisions for their needs.

    What are the Canstar Blue ratings?

    Canstar Blue researches, compares and rates products and services according to customer satisfaction across categories including banking, telecommunications, appliances, electronics, utilities and FMCG. Results are freely available to consumers who are encouraged to use the ratings as a guide to product excellence. The full range of results can be seen on the Canstar Blue website at www.canstarblue.com.au.

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  • Sutton, NSW now sells E85!

    by Maria Nicolas | Apr 30, 2014
    United Sutton now sells E85!

    1542 Federal Highway
    Sutton
    NSW 2620

    For more information on our ethanol blended fuels (E85, P100, E10), visit in store or our fuels webpage for more information.

    Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for instant E85 & V8 Supercars updates!
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  • Bathurst, NSW now sells E85!

    by Maria Nicolas | Apr 17, 2014
    United Bathurst now sells E85!

    35 William St
    Bathurst
    NSW 2795

    For more information on our ethanol blended fuels (E85, P100, E10), visit in store or our fuels webpage for more information.

    Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for instant E85 updates!
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  • Pennington, SA now sells E85!

    by Maria Nicolas | Apr 07, 2014
    United Pennington now sells E85!

    656 Torrens Rd
    Pennington
    SA 5014

    For more information on our ethanol blended fuels (E85, P100, E10), visit in store or our fuels webpage for more information.

    Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for instant E85 updates!
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  • Caboolture, QLD has now reopen!

    by Maria Nicolas | Apr 01, 2014
    United Caboolture has now reopen!

    45-49 Beerburram Road
    Caboolture
    QLD 4510

    Fuels available: Unleaded 91, E85, P100, E10 & Diesel

    For more information on our ethanol blended fuels (E85, P100, E10), visit in store or our fuels webpage for more information.

    Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for instant E85 updates!
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  • Ellenbrook, WA is now open!

    by Maria Nicolas | Mar 24, 2014
    United Ellenbrook is now reopen!

    3 Locke Lane
    Ellenbrook
    WA 6069

    Fuels available: Unleaded 91, E85, P100, E10, Diesel, LPG

    For more information on our ethanol blended fuels (E85, P100, E10), visit in store or our fuels webpage for more information.

    Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for instant E85 updates!
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  • Doonan, QLD reopens!

    by Maria Nicolas | Mar 13, 2014
    United Doonan is now reopen!

    686 Eumundi Noosa Rd
    Doonan
    QLD 4562

    Fuels available: Unleaded 91, E85, P100, E10, Diesel, LPG

    For more information on our ethanol blended fuels (E85, P100, E10), visit in store or our fuels webpage for more information.

    Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for instant E85 updates!
    www.facebook.com.au/unitedpetroleum
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  • Fyshwick, ACT now sells E85!

    by Maria Nicolas | Mar 05, 2014
    ACT customers can now fill up with E85 at United Fyshwick

    289 Canberra Avenue
    Fyshwick
    ACT 2609

    For more information on E85, visit in store or our fuels webpage for more information.

    Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for instant E85 updates!
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  • United is now on Instagram!

    by Maria Nicolas | Mar 03, 2014
    United is now on Instagram!

    http://instagram.com/unitedpetroleum

    As the official fuel for V8 Supercars, follow us @unitedpetroleum for event photos, #E85 & #P100 updates, V8 action, upcoming events and promotions.
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  • Loganlea QLD now sells E85

    by Maria Nicolas | Mar 03, 2014
    United Loganlea is now fuelling lower Brisbane with E85.

    254 Loganlea Road, LOGANLEA QLD 4131

    For more information on E85 visit in store or http://unitedpetroleum.com.au/united/fuel/ethanol-85
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  • Dalby Ethanol Bio-Refinery under threat of closure.

    by Maria Nicolas | Feb 17, 2014
    The Dalby Bio-Refinery is under threat of closure due to the lack of action by both the Federal Government and Queensland State Government.
    The Dalby Bio-Ethanol Refinery was closed for 3 weeks last Saturday due to lack of demand for fuel grade ethanol.

    In 2011 the Federal Government confirmed that the Ethanol Production Grants Scheme would be renewed for a period of 10 years. On that basis companies such as Dalby Bio- Refinery Limited and United Petroleum invested heavily in renewable fuels and worked hard to promote and market E10 Petrol and E85 to both Government and end consumers. However the Federal Government and State Governments
    have not taken any steps to ensure that the Oil Majors gave the consumer an option to buy the superior and greener fuels, nor did they take steps to ensure that their own fleets used these renewable fuels.  Indeed both the Federal Government and State Governments know that the Oil Majors have been systematically removing filling positions from their sites to drive down sales, and not passing on the full
    excise benefit to the consumer.  At the same time the Shell with their $1.63 Billion investment in Ethanol production in Brazil and BP with their massive ethanol joint venture also in Brazil, are selling and promoting ethanol fuels in many countries across the world. The Oil Majors were as very disappointed that the Ethanol Production Grants scheme was ratified, as they wanted to import ethanol from Brazil.

    The Federal Government in a quest to make budget savings are considering a back flip on an Australian Government promise to the renewable fuels industry which had strong bi-partisan support. The BREE Report commissioned by the Department of Industry contradicts many previous Government and Industry Reports, and is fundamentally flawed.

    The Dalby Bio-Refinery is struggling to break even due to low demand caused by Queensland State Government inaction. We now find that following the investment of many millions of dollars into the renewable fuel industry the Federal Government will close down the Australian Ethanol Industry on Budget Night. This is clearly unfair and sets a dangerous precedent to local and foreign investors in any industrial
    enterprise in Australia.

    United Petroleum has been a very strong supporter of renewable fuels and particularly ethanol and sells its E10 products in Queensland at a 4 cpl discount to unleaded petrol. It has continued to invest in ethanol fuels due to the Ethanol Production Grants and representations by Government in support of greener and renewable fuels. The move by the Federal Government to shut down the industry will deprive its customers the opportunity to choose a higher octane, greener and lower pump price petrol.

    On a number of occasions the Ethanol Producers have requested an Ethanol Mandate in Queensland to sure up demand which clearly acts to reduce production costs and ensure that the Major Oil companies promote the use of ethanol. The Queensland State Government decided that despite falling volumes due to lack of Major Oil Company support, and the fact that there are two Queensland producers in regional
    Queensland, that there was no reason to act. If the Federal Government decides to close the industry down on Budget Night the action that should have been taken by the Queensland State Government will be too late.

    Government Mandates are in place in some 59 countries across the world for health reasons, environmental reasons, and energy security reasons. In the United States of America it is mandated that ethanol is added to almost every litre of unleaded petrol sold in every State of that country. It seems that Australia is the only country in the world to decide that renewable fuels should not be encouraged and fossil fuels are the future.

    The Staff at the Dalby Bio-Refinery are hard working and highly skilled people and are worried about their futures. Further it will impact the contractors and suppliers to the Dalby Bio- Refinery most of which live on the Darling Downs. It is clear that whilst the Federal and State Governments talk about regional development when the election is over so is the support.

    The Dalby Bio- Refinery is a very large purchaser of grain in the Darling Downs area and producer of high quality Cattle Feed. This supports our farmers by placing an effective price floor under the price of grain when the world prices fall to very low levels, which they do due the their cyclical nature. The loss of the Dalby Bio-Refinery will be just another blow to the farmers of the Darling Downs, at a time when drought is
    biting.

    The Federal Department of Industry has not acted to encourage the renewable fuels industry in Australia and the BREE Report encourages the importation of renewable fuels into Australia. Clearly given Australia’s strong agricultural sector, a domestic renewable fuels industry is most important. At the same time the NSW State Government have been unable to enforce the 6% ethanol mandate that they have in
    place in NSW. The Major Oil Companies have time and time again flouted the NSW Ethanol Mandate and not met the NSW Government mandated targets without any proper reasons.

    We call on the Federal Government to renew their commitment to the Ethanol production Grants Scheme to honour the green fuels and environmental commitments they made to the Australian people. We also call on the NSW State Government to enforce their legislation and bring the Major Oil Companies to heal.
    Importantly the Queensland State Government must now take action and introduce an ethanol mandate to stabilize the industry.

    Media inquiries, interviews or photos – contact David Szymczak
    Phone (03) 9413 -1400
    Email david.szymczak@unitedpetroleum.com.au
    Website www.unitedpetroleum.com.au
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  • V8 Supercar Annoucement

    by Maria Nicolas | Feb 05, 2014

    UNITED PETROLEUM FUELS V8 SUPERCARS FROM 2014

    V8 Supercars has added another great Australian brand to its growing list of major partners with United Petroleum announced as the Official Fuel Supplier to the sport.

    United Petroleum is an independently owned Australian company, which supplies millions of customers with competitively-priced fuel and convenience services. It is also a major producer of ethanol, with which V8 Supercars race.

    In a multi-million dollar three-year arrangement, United Petroleum will supply the entire sport with a premium high-performance Ethanol 85 Race Fuel and also come on board as a major partner of the sport.

    This is a wonderful deal for Australia's largest independent petroleum retailer with Australia's premier motorsport category, V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said.

    It will be fantastic to use and showcase the United Petroleum brand for the next three years.

    United Petroleum will leverage the sponsorship within their national network of Service Stations and convenience stores, in a strategy which is perfectly aligned with V8 Supercars national footprint.

    Eddie Hirsch, Owner & Director of United Petroleum said United are delighted to announce this ground- breaking partnership with V8 Supercars. As Australia's only integrated Ethanol fuels producer & marketer, were very excited to have this opportunity to showcase our range of performance Ethanol-blended products.

    Tom O'Brien, United CEO added, our nation-wide network of United Service Stations will give V8 Supercar race fans the chance to access to the high performance fuels similar to that used by their race heroes

    United Petroleum is one of the fastest growing independent companies in Australia, specialising in the retail and wholesale fuel markets; convenience stores and ethanol manufacture; generating employment for more than 2,000 Australians.

    They will supply the Championship and Dunlop Series fields with high-performance 85 per cent ethanol fuel, also promoting sustainable and renewal fuel to the community. At track, the fuel will be distributed by Race Fuels.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Somerton & Eltham, VIC now have E85!

    by Maria Nicolas | Jan 02, 2014
    E85 has now been made available at two Victorian United service stations.

    United Somerton
    132-136 Somerton Road
    Somerton
    VIC 3062

    United Eltham
    1050 Main Road
    Eltham
    VIC 3095

    For more information on upcoming E85 stores or a list of all E85 locations visit http://www.unitedpetroleum.com.au/united/fuel/ethanol-85/e85-store-list
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  • Sassafras, TAS is now open!

    by Maria Nicolas | Dec 04, 2013
    United's Sassafras in Tasmania is now open!

    Located at 6 Churchill Rd, Sassafras, Tasmania 7307

    Fuels available: P100, E10, Unleaded 91 & Diesel
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  • Frankston South, VIC is now open!

    by Maria Nicolas | Nov 15, 2013
    United's newest location is now open in Frankston Victoria.

    United Frankston South
    Cnr Cranbourne Rd & McMahons Rd
    Frankston
    VIC 3199

    Fuels Available: E85, Unleaded 91, E10, P100, Diesel & LPG
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  • Whittlesea, VIC now sells E85!

    by Maria Nicolas | Nov 13, 2013
    United Whittlesea North now sells E85!

    2430 Plenty Road
    Whittlesea
    VIC 3757

    Visit in store to find out more about E85 or on our fuels page!
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  • North Wyong, NSW now sells E85!

    by Maria Nicolas | Nov 07, 2013
    United's North Wyong now sells E85

    Located at:
    359 Pacific Highway
    Wyong
    NSW 2259

    For more information about our ethanol blended fuels, visit in store or online at http://unitedpetroleum.com.au/united/fuel
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