After the recent discovery of oil in the Diamantina Shire, the Betoota BP fuel and diner has today announced that the prices for unleaded are the cheapest they have ever been since Petero Civoniceva first started played for the Brisbane Broncos.

The service station has paid homage to this by plastering a photo of Petero’s head on the priceboard out the front, instead of the actual numerical value of petrol per litre.

After 39 reserve grade games, the Redclifee Dolphins product began his NRL career as a centre with the Brisbane Broncos. He won the club’s Rookie of the Year award in 1998 and went on to play from the bench in Brisbane’s 1998 NRL grand final win at the end of the season.

It was during this stellar debut season that Petero Civoneca earned his lifelong nickname, initially annointed to him by Roy & HG – “Petrol 70-cents-a-litre” – due to his engine-like ability to keep moving forward – that and the fact that petrol was actually 70 cents a litre in 1998.

However, with the prices back to the same cost as they were 19 years ago, Petero’s face will remain on the sign out front – until the international oil and gas corporates begin selling majority of the resources overseas and drive the prices back up.


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