THE WEDDERBURN petrol station has re-opened with new owners and new management.
The High Street Caltex closed unexpectedly on September 30 leaving eight staff in limbo.
It re-opened on Friday.
Randalls Foodworks owner Leigh Randall welcomed the re-opening and said it had lifted the mood of residents.
"The closure was devastating for the town," he said.
"Without services you don't have a town.
"Everybody is ecstatic it's opened.
"You don't realise how much you rely on something until it's gone."
Mr Randall said he hoped people would support the petrol station.
"And people need to realise if they don't support local business - not just in Wedderburn but in every little town - they won't have businesses surviving," he said.
"Ultimately it leads to the demise of their town."
A staff member said at the time it closed they had been left shocked.
“We’re still in the store but it’s not open,” they said.
“We’re in shock ... you can imagine how we’re feeling.
“We’re closed until further notice.
“We know as much as you, which is nothing.
“We don’t know anything.”
Residents had been left disappointed by the closure, including Wedderburn Goldseeker Motel owner Gary Crawley.
Mr Crawley had 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.
“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.
“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.”
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the town’s population fell from 704 to 680 between 2006 and 2011.
The median age of residents also rose from 47 to 53 during that period.
The petrol station is run by Tasco Petroleum under the Caltex brand.
A Caltex spokesman directed enquiries to Tasco Petroleum.
The company could not be contacted at the weekend.