BENDIGO motorists had to search for petrol and gas across the weekend.
Several petrol stations across greater Bendigo have been left without petrol and gas for days because of the number of Cootes Transport tankers being grounded due to defects.
On Sunday the Coles Express Shell petrol station on Mcivor Road had tapped off its fuel pumps also labeling hoses with a sign stating, "sorry this hose not in use."
On Saturday a Shell spokesperson released a statement about fuel deliveries and availability.
The spokesperson said fuel deliveries to Shell service stations across Australia continued to increase as Cootes Transport trucks return to service.
"In recent days the number of deliveries made in Victoria has increased significantly, and the company expects the availability of fuel to improve greatly across the weekend," the spokesperson said.
"Shell has apologised to customers that have been inconvenienced in recent days, and appreciates their patience as it works to restore normal fuel availability."
Meanwhile 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 in the community 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."
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.
with Kristen Alebakis