Last drinks for our outback pubs?

More towns without beer

Last drinks for our outback pubs?

The Hawker Hotel, which has gone into administration

Imagine a town with no pub. Unimaginable?

Well it's increasingly becoming the norm rather than the exception across rural South Australia, according to a report in the Tiser.

The Australian Hotels Association has revealed the local watering hole is calling last drinks at a rate of 10-15 per year in SA.

For generations pubs have acted as a meeting place for the regions and their communities. They also double as a post office or a bank and sometimes even a deli!

But rising electricity costs, falling populations and excessive rents are driving operators to the wall.

The Snowtown, Carrieton and Flinders Rest hotels have all shut up shop in the past year and the Hawker Hotel joined them when it went into administration this month.

In some cases, pubs are making it work with the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna making the most of the tourist dollar in its enviable location of the northern Flinders Ranges.

Others, like the Junction Hotel at Brinkworth are adapting with by opening 4 days a week to keep costs manageable.

Right now at least 70 pub leases and freehold titles are available in South Australia with most of those up for grabs in the bush.

But if pubs disappear from the regions, where do you go for a pint and parmy?

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