In early 2004, when Matthew Bourke was just 16 years old, he landed in Townsville on school holidays, with no intention of going back to school in Mackay…
“My goal was to find an apprenticeship before getting the ultimatum from Mum about going back to school,” Matthew laughs. “I was lucky enough to get a trial at Mark Nixon Automotive and score an apprenticeship from that.”
Matthew started his apprenticeship with Mark in November 2004 and, after completing his four years of training, continued to work for Mark as a fully qualified mechanic. Perfectly happy with where he was at, Matthew didn’t have any desire to be a business owner but, in 2009, when Mark was diagnosed with cancer, everything changed.
“It was a really hard time in my life as I was only 21 and I looked up to Mark and spent most of my time at work,” Matthew says. “Sadly, Mark passed away in September 2009 and I took over in February 2010. At the time, I had no idea how to run a business. But with hard work and determination, I put my head down and gave it my best shot.”
In 2010, there was only Matthew and one other mechanic in the shop, offering general servicing and repairs. Now, in his eighth year of business, Matthew has seven employees.
Matthew’s wife Kim is also a big part of the business, taking care of accounts and keeping the office running smoothly, as well looking after the couple’s little man Lucas, who is 20 months old.
“We all pride ourselves on offering genuine personalised professional service and advice,” Matthew says. “We’re also proud to be Townsville’s only independent Land Rover specialist.”
Mark Nixon Automotive
8 Hamill Street Garbutt