Bowser price better than average

Tumut’s fuel price was cheaper than the state average heading into the popular Easter period.

Once touted as having among the most expensive fuel prices in the state, the town’s fuel outlets were a few cents cheaper than the state average of 149c yesterday, according to the government’s fuel check website.

The Coles Express service station on Adelong Road was offering the cheapest unleaded fuel as of yesterday.

Coles had its 91 unleaded fuel at 144.9 cents, a cent cheaper than the two Mobil service stations in town (Capper Street and Fiveways).

The Caltex servo on Adelong Road was the dearest in Tumut, charging 147.9c on Wednesday.

Diesel was a different story, with Coles the dearest in town at 159.9c.

The results came as motorists were urged to download the NSW Government’s free FuelCheck app and save money at the bowser over the Easter and school holiday break, with new figures released today showing half a million app downloads since its launch in 2017.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello revealed new petrol price data and trends.

“Whether you are visiting friends and family, or planning a trip out of town, FuelCheck can help you find the cheapest fuel anywhere in NSW in real-time,” Mr Dominello said.

“Half a million people can’t be wrong. This is about making life easier for citizens by taking power away from big oil and putting it in their hands.”

The app includes a Favourite Stations function, allowing users to save their favourite petrol stations.

A My Trip function utilises Google Maps to enable users to find the cheapest petrol station on their journey and direct them to the station. There is also a Trends page, showing the cheapest day of the week to fill up and the day’s price range.

Data gathered from FuelCheck shows that Talbingo is the most expensive place in the region for petrol at 155.9c.

Adelong’s servo was in line with Tumut, offering unleaded for 145.9, and it was a similar story at South Gundagai’s Coles Express (145.9c).

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the app is a big win for motorists by giving them a bird’s-eye view of the market.

“NSW Fair Trading officers often conduct compliance checks to ensure service stations are updating their fuel prices in real-time. If the price at the pump does not match what is shown on the app, motorists can make a complaint directly to Fair Trading,” Mr Anderson said.