Tumbleweed takes over the abandoned Farmers Home Hotel in Matong. Built in 1916 on the site of an existing pub, the building serviced the local area with general goods, liquor and short term accommodation. In 2007 the hotel experienced an internal fire that destroyed the first floor area along with damage to areas on ground floor. The grass, known as hairy panic grass (panicum effusum), becomes a tumbleweed under extremely dry conditions, in an effort to disperse its seeds, and can become a nuisance in outback residential areas. Matong has a population of less than 200 people and is located in the Riverina region of south western NSW, Australia.
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