The internet has shouted everyone a drink in the Victorian country town of Buchan.
When the town’s only pub burnt down in April last year, regulars were reduced to tears outside the smouldering ruins.
But crowd funding will see the beloved Buchan Caves Hotel open its doors once more after the community raised $600,000 to rebuild the historic 120-year-old pub.
“If someone died, you held the wake there. If a baby was born, we celebrated the birth there,” former pub owner Greg Brick said.
“We had grown men standing outside the burning pub drowning in tears. The pub was our social centre and it kept the community connected.”
The town, which has just 400 residents, voted unanimously to start fundraising and rebuild the pub destroyed in the blaze.
Elated organisers took to Facebook soon after reaching their crowd funding goal.
“It has been a crazy couple of months but the adventure is just beginning. We will keep you updated along the way, as we go about rebuilding the Buchan Caves Hotel,” administrators said.
“Thank you to everyone who has pledged, shared and liked us along the way. There is no way this would have been possible without you. Look forward to seeing you all when we are up and running again!”
– with AAP