Derrinallum service station closure due to lack of support from town, says Metro Petroleum

Blow to the town: The Metro Petrol service station has shut its doors. Picture: Morgan Hancock
Blow to the town: The Metro Petrol service station has shut its doors. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Metro Petroleum is calling for another operator to take over the now vacant Derrinallum service station after it closed indefinitely but admits it may be a difficult task.

The community was rocked by the closure of its only petrol station, airing concerns that the loss would push the town off the map.

Metro Petroleum Victorian spokesman Adam Jacobs said the business closed because it did not receive enough support from locals.

"He (the operator) told me it wasn't busy enough, Derrinallum wasn't supporting the business," Mr Jacobs said.

"He couldn't make ends meet, so he packed up and left. Derrinallum is so quiet, there are no people there so he couldn't make a go of it."

Mr Jacobs said he was of the understanding that the operator, originally from Sydney, ran "a few other servos".

No business: Metro Petroleum said it had to shut because there were no customers. Picture: Morgan Hancock

No business: Metro Petroleum said it had to shut because there were no customers. Picture: Morgan Hancock

He is now in charge of finding a new operator to take over.

"It's good, we've interviewed a few people and a few have been interested, we're hoping it will only be a short period of time before we see it up and running again," Mr Jacobs said.