WEDDERBURN residents fear the closure of the town’s only petrol station is another nail in its coffin.
The Caltex service station closed suddenly on Monday, forcing residents to travel 30 kilometres for fuel.
A Caltex spokesman said the closure was only temporary, but could not say when it would re-open.
Wedderburn Goldseeker Motel owner Gary Crawley said he was concerned about the town’s future.
“I’m shocked,” he said.
“It’s another business going out of town.
“It’s another nail in the coffin.”
Mr Crawley has owned the motel for about five years and said there had been several shop closures in that time.
“The ANZ bank went out of town about 18 months ago, the gift shop’s only open a couple of days a week and the milk bar’s gone,” he said.
“What do you do?
“The motel itself is going better now, we’ve improved all the rooms and that’s attracting more tourists, but this is just another thing that will send more people out of town.
“There’s a few people in town trying to get the bloody place going again but you keep getting kicks in the teeth like this.”
Australian Bureau of Statistics information shows the town’s population fell from 704 to 680 from 2006 to 2011, and the median age rose from 47 to 53.
Foodworks office assistance Sandra Standfield said there were a lot of empty shops in the town.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen to the petrol station,” she said.
“If it doesn’t re-open, we’ll be stuck here in the middle of nowhere.
“The farmers are a bit upset.
“They’ve been caught short.”
Another resident who asked not to be named said there were a lot of older Wedderburn residents who relied on local fuel.
"There are a lot of elderly people who don't travel out of Wedderburn much," she said.
"It would be particularly terrible I would imagine.
"They still need to petrol to get around town, don't they?"
Wedderburn Post Master Darren Cole said he had started 60 kilometre round trips each day for fuel.
“If it doesn’t open in the next two or three days it will have a big impact,” he said.
"When people leave town they go and have a coffee and spend money in that town."