ONE sure mark of centralisation in rural areas, and all that brings to bear, is disused fuel stations.
The sites find it hard to move on once the petrol has stopped flowing.
Unlike country churches, who, deserted by parishioners, find new love in conversion to homes and business, petrol stations in the wrong spot can be harder to revive.
Real estate agent Frank Tierney, First National Collie & Tierney's, Mildura said some petrol stations in small towns were dying but they could be very profitable businesses, "it all depends on where they are in relation to the point in the journey''.
"But for ones in small towns that are dying, it may be a different story."