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Letters to the editor from May

Each month we respond to positive and negative feedback collected from the past month. We rely on this feedback to better this site so please hit the feedback buttons at the bottom of each page where you think we can do better.

Here’s some of the feedback received in May.

Echuca: Can’t find any petrol prices in Echuca. Not happy and want 95. Can’t even get that not happy.

Thanks for letting us know. Fuel price monitoring at Echuca has been fixed. Hope that helps 🙂

very helpful THK U kindly.

Costco North Lakes: Just very helpful this page!

United Cairns North: Excellent site. Very helpful to show that other stations are cheaper than Coles Express and Woolworths with there 4 cents off rubbish con job.

You’re very welcome!

Chinchilla: Hiding something not to do it like always.

Thanks for letting us know. We are working on refresh issues affecting some Suburbs.

Metro Petroleum Tarro: Information over a month old.

Thanks for letting us know. We’re onto it.

Puma Myalup: I want tomorrow’s price at Puma Myalup.

Tomorrow’s price at all WA Stations is visible from 3:00pm AWST.

Camooweal: Supply a price in Camooweal.

Thanks for letting us know. We’re onto it.

Today I see that petrol price in Sydney is almost 20 cents per litre more than in Adelaide, and about 10 cents more than in Canberra, however, the latter 2 cities probably have greater freight costs to get the fuel than Sydney does.

There seems to be no-one or no organisation capable of exposing the cartel behaviour of petrol companies.

Could you please put on your website methods how consumers (or Fuel Price Australia) can help to prevent this non-competitive behaviour. Thanks

Thanks for asking. We’ll reach out to several related organisations to see what materials they can provide us.

Could you please talk to the media, and ask them to investigate how service stations in Mildura, Burnie, Wangaratta are able to sell petrol much cheaper than large capital cities.

Also, could you put on your website a section which indicate the freight cost of getting a litre of fuel from bulk storage point in each State to regional cities.

Thanks for asking. Happy to ask around! Is there a public dataset that lists the freight cost of getting a litre of fuel from bulk storage points to regional cities?

Coles Express Loganlea: Coles Express Loganlea is not on your list

United Loganlea: United Loganlea/Meadowbrook is not on your list.

We show the cheapest and most expensive in each City and Suburb. Until recently we also showed a Map displaying only cheap Stations, it’s likely the above Stations weren’t shown in Brisbane as they were not the cheapest Stations at that time.

Bamaga: Put in the price at Bamaga.

Thanks for letting us know. We’re on it.

great, I assume I can select grade of fuel

You can currently add your favourite City, Suburb and Station. Fuel grade is next on the list.

I request that there should not be fuel pricing cycles as there is no valid reason for them to exist. A genuine supply/demand pricing should prevail on a consistent basis with fairness to all sides of the equation.

Reach out to your local Government and let them know your thoughts.

Ultra Petroleum Mogo: Opening hours.

Caltex/Woolworths Urangan (Hervey Bay): Opening times

Vibe Port Kennedy: Hi, It would be good to have the trading hours for the stations as well

We’re working on it. Wherever possible we’re automating the population of Station details (including opening hours, fuel types, services and facilities, etc.) as they change over time.

We’ll reach out to Vibe Petroleum and see if they can provide us an up-to-date listing of Station details including facilities as we’ve started doing for several other Brands.

Liberty Grange Auto Care: Be up to date not two days old.

Wessel Petroleum Cooroy: Get today’s prices, not ones that are 2 weeks old.

Rochedale South: What good is a 18 hour fuel price? It’s the year 2019. These prices should be updated daily.

Here’s the thing, the listed price is correct, it’s just two days old; or 2 weeks old. We’d love to see Queensland fuel stations making daily price notifications but it’ll take time, especially where the fuel price reporting is not automated.

If you’re next at the above Stations ask if they’d consider making daily price notifications, even if that means simply confirming their current pricing. 🙂

Marla: Not helpful.

Agreed. We’ve populated all of the Suburbs in Australia assuming that official fuel prices are – or will be soon – available in all Australian States.

As soon as the SA State Government announces an official retail fuel price monitoring platform we’ll integrate it! In the interim let them know how unhelpful this situation is:

7-Eleven Cockburn Central: Diesel at 7-Eleven Cockburn Central.

Thanks for letting us know. We didn’t know there were separate Diesel fuel types; “Diesel” and “Brand Diesel”, “Premium Diesel” is different again. We’ve added support for “Brand Diesel” and 7-Eleven Cockburn Central and other Stations in WA offering “Brand Diesel” is now showing diesel prices.

Say cheap Tuesdays for pensioners trial? Permanently get 2c -4c off unleaded petrol for pensioners who are mostly NOT well off and struggle to undertake only short trips. Medical appointments are high in number in this age group! Thankyou

Reach out to your local Government and let them know your thoughts.

Newcastle: Lies

How so? Let us know in the comments.

United Taylors Lakes: Prices are wrong.

Unfortunately without an official retail fuel price monitoring platform in Victoria we are only dealing with scraps. Let your State Government know:

Onslow: Cost of diesel in onslow.

Thanks for letting us know. We’re on it.

Changes for 14/06

Here’s a summary of changes since the last change announcement to FuelPrice Australia.

Added

  • Monitoring of TPG prices in major Cities
  • Styling for Mapbox
  • Styling for heartbeat status on the Station template
  • Search filtering by State
  • Station details for BP Stations
  • Station details for Caltex Stations
  • Station details for Shell Stations
  • Outdated Station monitoring to the Administration
  • Dismiss sitewide notice for Administrators

Fixed

  • Tablet styling for Station template
  • Slashes showing on sitewide notices
  • Unavailable fuel types for Stations in QLD

Changed

  • Removed Google Maps integration for the remainder of the calendar month
  • Moved current price spread above the fold on the City and Suburb templates
  • Removed Frontpage map shortcode

Income and Expenses

Hi team, we’ve been spending more time recently attempting to limit operating expenses than developing new features so will temporarily switching off Google Maps integration when the free tier is consumed each month; costs jump to $40+ a day which is unsustainable.

Adsense content helps take the sting out of this cost but it is still a significant ongoing cost for any small business to carry.

Update (12/06): Google Maps integration has been switched off until the end of the month. We’ll switch to alternate mapping tools for the remainder of the month as able.

Update (14/06): Mission accomplished. Let’s get back to building new features!

How we have reduced costs

We’ve employed a variety of means so far to reduce our operating costs including:

  • [x] Minimising our hosting server usage (now a 4 CPU, 12 GB RAM instance)
  • [x] Using the Google Maps free tier (up to $200 credit before costs are incurred)
  • [x] Restricting access to non-Australian site visitors further extending our Google Maps free tier

How we are going to further reduce costs

Google Maps (Dynamic) is our primary expense in excess of $40 a day.

Here’s how we’ll make those Google Maps free tier credits last longer next month:

  • [x] Apply separate API Keys to different page templates to better understand Google Maps usage
  • [..] Use Google Maps (Static) on the Station template
  • [..] Switch between Google Maps, Mapbox and other mapping tools free tiers during the calendar month
  • [  ] Switch to a self-hosted Open Street Maps (OSM) instance, or “community” license for our ongoing mapping needs

If you have any tips or suggestions we’re all ears.

Changes for 01/06

Here’s a summary of changes since the last change announcement to FuelPrice Australia.

Added

  • Current price spread view to City and Suburb templates
  • Report Station issues via contact form on Station template
  • Contact form on About page
  • Support for excluding specific Stations from City and State templates (e.g. temporary outage or known pricing issue)
  • Last updated hover state to Fuel types on Station template
  • Last updated detail to Stations on City and Suburb templates
  • Support for Shell Station opening hours
  • Internal support for scanning Postcodes without Stations in QLD
  • Internal support for monitoring Stations without Lat/Long, Postcode, Street details in QLD
  • Internal support for monitoring new price points in QLD
  • Internal support for monitoring Stations without prices in QLD
  • Internal support for monitoring outdated Stations by day, week, fortnight, month and more than a quarter across supported States
  • Internal support for manually removing fuel types from Stations where it is known they no longer stock a fuel type
  • Internal support for monitoring unavailable fuel types in QLD
  • Internal support for viewing raw FPQ API endpoint outputs in QLD
  • Preferred fuel type shown on Station template
  • WP-CLI command to refresh City and Suburb lowest/highest price spreads

Fixed

  • “Brand Diesel” not showing in WA (Diesel + special sauce?)
    Preferred fuel types not following onto next pages
  • 15 minute pricing update not running in QLD due to unexpired Transients
  • Fallback support for Station address links to Google Maps where a Place ID is known
  • GMT to local timezone issue across multiple supported States (e.g. WA, NSW, NT, QLD, VIC)

Changed

  • Using WP_CLI::runcommand for threaded WP-CLI commands (much quicker!)
  • Using wp_options index to massively reduce database CPU usage
  • Increased fuel price refresh for NT Stations
  • Separated internal screens for Admin views on City, Suburb, State, Station and Brand templates
  • Modified tomorrow excerpt for WA where a peak pricing event is occuring the following day
  • City and Suburb templates remember available fuel types (much quicker!)

Letters to the editor from April

At the start of each month we respond to positive and negative feedback collected from the past month. We rely on this feedback to better this site so please hit the feedback buttons at the bottom of each page where you think we can do better.

Here’s some of the feedback received in April.

really helpful

Great website!

Keep up the good work

Thanks for your kind words, we are really trying to do our best here.

There is a Townsville Taxi petrol station in Yeatman st Hyde Park. Their price today was $1.39 &.the public can fill up there.

Thanks for lettting us know. If it’s unlisted on our site and other Apps and/or websites reach out to DNRME in QLD so they can confirm they’re onboard.

The 7-11 @beliar advertised as lowest was 3.6cents dearer [email protected] 155.9

Thanks for letting us know, please also let DMIRS in WA know so they can investigate why that Station’s price was different to the advertised price.

Get a price on LPG!!

Our dataset from the NSW Fuel API doesn’t mention any Station’s in Batemans Bay (within 20km) selling LPG. We’ll double check this before reaching out to the api.nsw team.

2 days is a long time in petrol price alerts.

Agreed. We reverted a change last month where some Station’s – Freedom Fuels Caboolture is one – regularly ping the FPQ API without price changes and filtered out these “heart beats”, they’re back now and we encourage more Stations to change from periodic price updates to using this automated “heart beats” approach (i.e. every 15 minutes).

This “heart beat” system helps us to spot fuel pricing issues and warn site visitors of fuel price notification outages.

Real Time Prices please

We are checking for fuel price changes in Victoria every 15 minutes. We can’t call it “real-time” but it’s “near-real time”.

Not your fault. Fault entirely lays at the feet of our imbeciles in government.

Yes this is unfortunately the case for South Australia. As soon as the SA State Government announces an official retail fuel price monitoring platform we’ll integrate it! In the interim let them know:

Navigation is pathetic

Bet you’re fun at parties. Constructive suggestions?

Website message – There are no known petrol stations in Butler, WA offering PULP 95 fuel. Try selecting another fuel type. – Seriously!!! EVERY PETROL STATION IN BUTLER AND ITS SURROUNDING AREAS OFFER PULP !! HELL, THE PILBARA HAS PULP you PHILISTINES. FYI Western Australia has as many fuel types as their Eastern counterparts.

It just wants to give me the cheapest ULP (91) price in the Perth area (being Cannington which is about **85 kms from my house) even though I request the price for PULP – PREMIUM unleaded petrol (95) in 6036. One of the most useless websites I’ve ever used.

Deep breaths. Butler, WA was one of several hundred – out of 14,632 – which last month didn’t have an assigned Latitude and Longitude explaning why no fuel recommendations were available.

Thanks to some hard work the number of Suburbs without a Lat/Long is now less than 100 and we’ll be sharing this updated Suburb dataset back to the data research community.

Phone number is needed

Thanks for letting us know about Killarney Co-op Service Station. We updated the Google Maps listing for their Station too so everyone benefits. 🙂

why am I creating an account that doesn’t seem to do anything?

By logging in you can mark your favourite Cities, Suburbs and Stations. We’ll be adding more member functionality in the coming month.

Drove for 50 minutes to get petrol for 138.9 at Caltex Fuel Stop Kawana Qld and when we got there the pumps were all out of order. Not happy

petrol is approx $1.58 everywhere, in brisbane, except for the BP Toombul Rd Northgate advertized = $1.19. :O 😀 i’m on a pension = limited budget & live in new farm, but drove all the way out there to save $$$ & fill up 😮 arrived & found it was CLOSED with fences surrounding the outside of the property.. & signs saying… “Opening Soon” :/ i wasted what little fuel i had in my tank, driving there & back 🙁 FALSE ADVERTIZING!!!!

We’re sorry we let you down. We rely on fuel price notifications from official data sources, in Queensland this comes from FPQ and unfortunately we did not pick up the “9999” unavailable fuel type in a timely fashion. We have made DNRME aware of this and have provided feedback to better detect closed Stations and temporarily unavailable fuel types.

Your data for this station is significantly off wrt lpg pricing over the past few weeks, AT LEAST! I paid $0.595 last week and it’s NEVER been above $0.80 in the Essendon/Maribyrnong area, not in my reasonably long-term memory!!! That makes this site fairly unreliable/useless for information! Hopefully you can get REAL data soon…. e.g. with real ‘scouts’ local perhaps

Unfortunately without an official retail fuel price monitoring platform in Victoria we are only dealing with scraps. Let your State Government know:

Provide information on fuel prices

We’re still waiting too. The grace period for all QLD fuel retailers to be supplying fuel prices has ended so expect BP Clermont to be supplying fuel prices shortly.

Prices for April 18 (tomorrow)

We show tomorrow’s price for all WA Stations from 5:30pm AEST.

Went to Coles Express Rockhampton North and found that they do not sell Diesel anymore and have not done so for some years.

Thanks for letting us know. We passed this one along to DNRME here in QLD.

Either update and keep it updated or be honest that you do not wish your fuel prices known and delete the site . The frustration of searching to evaluate prices against flying really does not leave a good taste in the mouth . Just imagine what international tourists think . Not good . Not good at all . Update please .

Thanks for letting us know. Mundrabilla, WA is alot bigger than typical Suburbs so we’ve expanded the default radius from 5km to 100km. We’ll double check this change is working before reaching out to the FuelWatch WA team.

BP wills road

Anything more to go by?

update it daily !

We’re still waiting too. The grace period for all QLD fuel retailers to be supplying fuel prices has ended so expect Metro Petroleum Miami to be supplying fuel prices shortly.

Accurate tas data

Unfortunately without an official retail fuel price monitoring platform in Tasmania we are only dealing with scraps. Let your State Government know:

What happened in April

This was supposed to be a What’s coming up for April Post but April happened so let’s cover what’s been going on behind the scenes:

  • The Station feedback form mentioned last month is live (Suggest an edit), you can find this on the Station template; expect one for the Suburb, City, State and Brand templates shortly
  • Ongoing efforts to speed up page loading times as we accomodate increased site demand
  • Ongoing efforts to improve the automated detection and exclusion of broken/corrupt Stations from influencing the City, Suburb and Station templates
  • Ongoing efforts to improve the FuelPrice Australia Android App and Android mobile experience; Apple and iOS users you’re up next!
  • Adsense ads were enabled on to ensure the site is cost-neutral; it will de-activate when site costs for the current month are met

The stragglers from past months will carry over to this month.

New features

  • [..] Add price heat mapping to the Brand template
  • [  ] Set the daily average price for towns/cities independantly where local station data is available (e.g. WA, NT, NSW, QLD)
  • [  ] Show the average daily fuel price on the Fuel brand template
  • [  ] Finish the Small Detailed Embed and Map Embed Widgets
  • [  ] Add Suburb support to all Widgets
  • [..] Add reporting feature to City and Station templates to raise data issues
  • [  ] Overlay the current average daily price with current per-station prices to see what stations have priced their fuel types above/below regional averages
  • [  ] Add forecasting of tomorrow price and two days from now prices for cities based on known high and low historical prices
  • [x] Add fuzzy matching for mispelled Suburbs and towns/cities in search
  • [  ] History controls for fuel stations to see last week, last month and all time matching the history controls of fuel types
  • [  ] AMP site support with Google Maps and Charts functionality
  • [..] Build out an API for localised fuel price data
  • [x] Put the website through AppPresser and release to the Google Play and App Store marketplaces
  • [..] Add My Account facilities to manage your vehicle preferences, preferred fuel type and favourite stations and/or regions
  • [..] Add site facilites to fuel stations from official sources (e.g. AdBlue availability, etc.)
  • [  ] Add fuel excerpt for Diesel and Premium Diesel fuel types using long-term pricing data (Diesel and Premium Diesel do not have typical weekly/monthly cycles)

Fixes

  • [..] Validate Suburb Lat/Long positions against a new dataset with better accuracy
  • [  ] Identify and redirect duplicate fuel stations in NSW at the same location to the original station that is being maintained
  • [..] Identify non-crowdfunded data sources for fuel stations in Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT
  • [  ] Improve the fuel price trigger detection linked to the low pricing e-mail notification
  • [..] Populate Google Maps Place ID for thousands of suburbs
  • [..] Populate Google Maps Place ID for thousands of outstanding stations
  • [  ] Validate Station price details by comparing against multiple data sources where possible
  • [  ] Re-introduce road safety messages with new Ad platform showing relevant messages based on known location

Changes

  • [  ] Switch to Mapbox if daily Google Maps API spending goes through the roof

Please keep hitting the feedback buttons and leave a comment where you identify problems with pages, feedback is taken seriously and is often actioned on the spot. 🙂

Letters to the editor from March

We’re a little late with this month’s Letters to the editor so thanks for your patience.

Typically, at the start of each month we respond to positive and negative feedback collected from the past month. We rely on this feedback to better this site so please hit the feedback buttons at the bottom of each page where you think we can do better.

Here’s some of the feedback received in March.

A HANDY TOOL

very handy product , thanks

many thanks for the update

good

Thanks team! We’ll keep making it more handy, don’t think we haven’t run out of things to do!

Left hay realised need fuel. Checked to see if one on way decided back to be safe.

Smart move. There’s a few areas we are looking at to improve the experience for regional users, in the near future we’ll be:

  • Suggesting nearby Suburbs and towns/cities where no Stations are found in a given regional Suburb
  • Increasing the default search radius for regional Suburbs where no Stations are found

STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO HAVE METRO FUEL STATION MIAMI PRICE

We’re still waiting too. The grace period for all QLD fuel retailers to be supplying fuel prices ended today so expect Metro Petroleum Miami to be supplying fuel prices shortly.

Why has diesel prices soared when aussie $still north of 70cents & barrel crude still less than $60. little has changed for many months. Sounds like a huge rip off by fuel companies

Ping your local Government and motorist groups with this question as they’ll know folks who’s bread and butter it is to understand this topic.

Show results for biodiesel.

Great suggestion. We don’t treat bio-fuels any different to traditional fuel types. If the price and availability of biodiesel and other bio-fuels is included in official sources we’ll display it.

This is an area our team are passionate about and will go digging for additional data sources to make this happen. Thanks for letting us know.

keep the updates updated

No prices for diesel

Update prices every hour

Give direct price of fuel

Real time prices

Diesel fuel prices

Supply where E85 petrol is in wagga and it’s price

Be more accurate with your readings

In States that do not have official data sources – VIC, SA, TAS, ACT – we cannot provide accurate or real time prices. Urge your local Government to lift their game.

In States that do have official data sources – WA, NSW, NT, QLD – we rely on Stations submitting data and price changes being made available to data publishers (like us), this process on our end is automated and this is the same for the majority of Stations but for some regional and/or smaller Stations reporting price changes be a manual task or done on a infrequent basis.

We do our utmost to spot Stations with obvious errors and filter them out of City, Suburb, Brand and Station results but it is a game of cat and mouse with new scenario’s appearing each day, some common examples include:

  • Stations inadvertently ULP 91 at 12.2 cents; it should be 122.0
  • Stations undergoing maintenance and not correctly notifying data publishers
  • Stations changing name and Brand

Harder scenario’s we have recently identified include:

  • Stations not being correctly marked as permanently closed
  • Stations not correctly marking fuel types as permanently unavailable
  • Stations submitting price notifications every 15 minutes but not changing their price (e.g. akin to a “heart beat”)
  • Stations that we assume to be submitting “heart beats” temporarily or no longer submitting price notifications

Keep letting us know of any issues or changes via the feedback buttons at the bottom of each page where you think we can do better.

Please delete this fuel price app I no longer want to use this app

I WANT TO UNINSTALL THIS APP PLEASE THANK YOU VERY MUCH

If you’re a mobile user and installed our App shortcut you can simply open the App drawer on your mobile phone and hold down your finger on the FuelPrice Australia App then select Delete/Remove/Uninstall.

Yes

Yes indeed.

Page states Hervey Bay diesal $145-155 making the average price $1.11? That doesn’t make sense

Our daily average for regional towns/cities has its good and bad days, diesel for Hervey Bay is one identified as having more bad than good. Our solution here is to use another solution and apply it to all towns/cities in States with official data sources. We hope to have this new solution visible in early April if not earlier.

Hi, I was wondering if there’s some way to show data by brand, by state, by product? For instance, if I use the QLD gov data I can see the avg price 7-Eleven sold diesel at, and compare it to the avg price Puma sold at.

We’ll be adding daily average pricing to the Brands templates with the goal of supporting historical comparisons between Brands.

I just went to the Caltex at Mt Warren Park, and it was a $1.21 for E10 not 91.

A UL91 price at Caltex at Tarcutta on the Hume Highway was what I was Looking for. Thanks

Thanks for letting us know.

In cases of incorrect fuel pricing you should also make the official data source aware; Caltex Mt Warren Park would be Fair Trading NSW.

We’ll be checking out why Caltex Tarcutta is not listed and reach out to the official data source to ensure we’re all on the same page.

Android App for FuelPrice Australia

Android users can now install the free FuelPrice Australia App from the Google Play Store.

We’ll be further developing this App and intend to release an iOS-port for Apple users as soon as possible. Taking advantage of new technologies including Google Assistant and Android Auto mean we will be able to better inform Australian motorists.

Get FuelPrice Australia on Google Play

Jump ahead:

Gallery of App screenshots for mobile users

Gallery of App screenshot for tablet users

Changes for 07/03

Here’s a summary of changes since the last change announcement to FuelPrice Australia.

Added

  • Admin action to remove Publicize Post meta on Posts
  • Framework for Table Embed widget
  • CSS styling for Custom Google Search
  • CSS styling for Subscribe widget on Announcements section
  • CSS styling on Filter button within Brand template
  • Station filter for identifying Stations without any prices
  • Conditional for WA and ACT City excerpt additions (e.g. start of new pricing cycles in WA, long-price cycles in ACT)
  • Automatic redirect for Stations from Search widget
  • Additional fuel types (91, 95, 98) to automatic redirect from Search widget
  • Station prices to Brands template when a fuel type is selected
  • Views to City template
  • Fatal PHP error to 500 screen when logged in as Admin
  • Styling for price band filtering on City template
  • Offline dot image to Suburb template
  • AJAX notice prompt to “Fuel near me” responses
  • Show inactive stations on Suburb template
  • Weekly refresh of QLD station names and brands
  • Error notice for stations with no data at all after a fortnight
  • Notice to Suburb template for Victoria site visitors
  • Fuel price mapping to the Frontpage
  • Graph to the QLD reporting page within My Account
  • Styling for Table Embed
  • Styling for leading priced brand notice now with Brand favicon
  • Styling for price band filtering options on City template
  • Action to refresh lowest/highest sites on the City template
  • Action to refresh national fuel station count
  • Monitoring for time taken refreshing data from public sources
  • Admin dashboard monitor for each State regarding uptime
  • Minimum height rules to Graph and Table Embeds
  • Price band filtering options to the City template when viewing all stations
  • Graph to QLD reports showing stations without fuel prices
  • Layout field to iframe generator for Table Embed
  • Graph to About page listing number of monitored fuel stations
  • Google Analytics tracking to Embeds
  • Styling for Table Embed list layout
  • Cities Embed
  • List styling to Table Embed
  • Styling for Cities Embed
  • Progress bars to WP-CLI commands
  • Brand filtering to City templates with all stations
  • Preview Embed link to Widget generator template
  • Dashboard widgets to manage sitewide and developer notices
  • New primary lat/long generator for Suburbs
  • progress bars everywhere in WP-CLI
  • Jump ahead section for Admin mode
  • Graph to show Embed usage over time
  • Brand average price to the City show all stations template
  • No fuel data notice to Stations in VIC
  • Scans for broken/corrupt Station pricing in NSW, NT, VIC and WA
  • Manual refresh tomorrow excerpt to WA Cities template
  • Hover Marker support to the City template
  • Notice to City template when fuel prices are refreshing
  • Offline icon image to Frontpage, City, Suburb and Station templates
  • List of offline/inactive Stations to City and Suburb templates
  • Fuel price bands to Suburb template
  • Fuel price band filters to Suburb template
  • Feedback to My Account reporting for Providers
  • Dismiss button to Developer Mode notice for Admins
  • Styling to price diffence for most expensive stations on City and Suburb templates
  • Nearest City and Suburbs to Station templates
  • Cheapest station comment to Map markers on City and Suburb templates
  • Thumbs up and down to Map markers on City and Suburb templates
  • Same price instead of 0 cents to Station template for same fuel type pricing
  • Price band filtering to Frontpage template

Fixed

  • Increased site width for 1280px+ Desktop resolutions
  • WA tomorrow excerpt not refreshing
  • NT Station pricing not refreshing
  • Last updated not showing correct time on Station template
  • Hide outdated fuel types on Station template
  • Link to ACT State Government for Cities Embed
  • Empty searches returning most recent changes
  • Daily refresh daily failing due to GMT vs. local timezone issue
  • Styling issue on Table Embed when showing list layout
  • Increased price band selector width on mobile devices
  • City template now shows limited heat pricing by default
  • Hide Googe Analytics from non-preview Embeds
  • Refresh of cheapest stations in Table Embed
  • Missing min/max values from State averages chart
  • Indication of number of stations in a City with few fuel stations
  • Hide most expensive stations if none found on Suburb template
  • Redirect Archives template to Frontpage
  • Redirect /login/ to My Account for logged-in Users
  • Redirect completed Register screen to My Account
  • Hide developer mode notice to non-logged in Users
  • Last updated detail not refreshing for NSW Stations
  • Shifted the clock forward an hour for scheduled refreshing of daily City prices
  • Replaced geolocation for “Fuel near me” from ip-api.com to ipinfo.io
  • Improved site search widget visibility for mobile users
  • Moved embed files into separate template files
  • Fuel excerpt triggering high price event after stalling more than 15 days into a price cycle

Changed

  • Streamlined Map marker markup across all templates
  • Removed Shortcodes from Post Content for City detail pages
  • Moved state functions to separate job-states.php file
  • Changed cheapest dot from yellow to green
  • Moved fuel content styles to Plugin style.css
  • Updated list of Embed types for WordPress Plugin
  • Replaced Brands get_terms() requests with internal function
  • Moved State WP-CLI commands into separate files
  • Deprecated use of WP_CLI::line for log
  • Removed curveType filter from Google Charts (thanks /r/brisbane)
  • Removed regional cities Widget from sidebar (thanks /r/brisbane)

What’s coming up for March

No new major features will be announced this month as we work on improving the quality of data site-wide; that means Suburb positioning and radius, reporting and exclusion of broken/corrupt stations and improving feedback systems.

The stragglers from past months will carry over to this month.

New features

  • [x] Refresh fuel excerpt for Cities at 5:00pm when tomorrow’s prices are available as in WA
  • [x] Add price heat mapping to the State template
  • [..] Add price heat mapping to the Brand template
  • [  ] Set the daily average price for towns/cities independantly where local station data is available (e.g. WA, NT, NSW, QLD)
  • [  ] Show the average daily fuel price on the Fuel brand template
  • [  ] Finish the Small Detailed Embed and Map Embed Widgets
  • [  ] Add Suburb support to all Widgets
  • [..] Add reporting feature to City and Station templates to raise data issues
  • [  ] Overlay the current average daily price with current per-station prices to see what stations have priced their fuel types above/below regional averages
  • [  ] Add forecasting of tomorrow price and two days from now prices for cities based on known high and low historical prices
  • [  ] Add fuzzy matching for mispelled Suburbs and towns/cities in search
  • [  ] History controls for fuel stations to see last week, last month and all time matching the history controls of fuel types
  • [  ] AMP site support with Google Maps and Charts functionality
  • [..] Build out an API for localised fuel price data
  • [..] Put the website through AppPresser and release to the Google Play and App Store marketplaces
  • [..] Add My Account facilities to manage your vehicle preferences, preferred fuel type and favourite stations and/or regions
  • [  ] Add site facilites to fuel stations from official sources (e.g. AdBlue availability, etc.)
  • [  ] Add fuel excerpt for Diesel and Premium Diesel fuel types using long-term pricing data (Diesel and Premium Diesel do not have typical weekly/monthly cycles)

Fixes

  • [..] Validate Suburb Lat/Long positions against a new dataset with better accuracy
  • [  ] Identify and redirect duplicate fuel stations at the same location to the original station that is being maintained
  • [..] Identify non-crowdfunded data sources for fuel stations in Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT
  • [  ] Improve the fuel price trigger detection linked to the low pricing e-mail notification
  • [..] Populate Google Maps Place ID for thousands of suburbs
  • [..] Populate Google Maps Place ID for thousands of outstanding stations
  • [  ] Validate Station price details by comparing against multiple data sources where possible
  • [  ] Re-introduce road safety messages with new Ad platform showing relevant messages based on known location

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