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Autocorner have pledged their commitment to become defenders of Mental Health and suicide awareness in 2017.  The local automotive dealer calls for the community support to further attention on encouraging people to seek help through the difficult times. 

The initiative comes with a strong partnerships formed between Autocorner, Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network (MRSPN) & Change the Game, which sees the dealer’s primary fundraising focus on the cause.

Georgia Thomson, Dealer Principal of Autocorner said “Let’s start talking about Mental Health openly, if we can help one person seek help and guidance our partnership with Change the Game and Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network (MRSPN) will be a success”.

“Suicide is an important issue for our region, Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network needs support in educating our community on how this topic can be tackled head on and to help to remove the stigma associated with suicide, we’re here to lend our voice and actively participate in generating more awareness”

"We found this a deeply important issue to our staff and are honoured at the opportunity to be infvolved in supporting such a cause that touches so many families in the community."

To kick start the partnership Autocorner have put their money where their mouth is and have covered the cost of the first round of Safe Talks for the Cutters Under 20s and Under 17s teams which was held on 22nd March at the BB Print Stadium.

Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network (MRSPN) Chair Shelley Wyles said she was so thankful to Autocorner for their generous donation to sponsor the launch of the first two safeTALK Suicide Alert Workshops presented to Mackay Cutters under 18’s and 20's in the roll out of the Change The Game initiative. 

Change the Game will be putting 700 footy players in the Mackay region through the safeTALK training. The education and awareness program will give young men the skills to actively help the Mackay community reduce the incidence of suicide in our community.  

“MRSPN is excited about the difference the Network can make in the Community now it is "Driven by” Autocorner!” Shelley said.

“Mackay has been in crisis with suicide with an extremely high suicide rate, it’s great that large local companies like Autocorner are genuinely concerned and supporting this initiative.”

Troy Rovelli, Mackay Cutters Executive Officer said “We are overwhelmingly appreciative of the support that Autocorner have shown towards our Change the Game initiative.  We initially approached them to become a corporate partner but they wanted to do more and have taken this as their only fundraising cause for 2017 which is absolutely fantastic.”

If you would like to donate or like more information about Change the Game and MRSPN please visit www.mackaycutters.com.au.

Watch the Cutters talk about Mental Health

If you need help…YOU ARE NOT ALONE: • Lifeline 13 11 14 • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 • Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36 • MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 • Headspace 1800 650 890

Autocorner, Change the Game, Cutters, Mackay Region Suicide Prevention Network - partner

Autocorner Ambassador

Every year at our end of year Christmas Party we take time to honor staff who have worked hard in their roles whilst living by our Core Values: Customers Always Come First, Be the Best, Make it Fun. These awards are voted by management and staff and it was extremely close year for all awards. Here are the WINNERS! 

2016 Award Winners:

  • Best on the Ground: Daniel Lambley

Honourable Mentions:  Pauline Gauci, Kim Luehman

  • Players Player:  Pauline Gauci

Honourable Mentions:  Gareth Hartley, Paul Barfield, Daniel Lambley

  • Rookie of the Year: Kallan Franklin

Honourable Mentions:  Ian Scott, Adam Brandenburg, Laura Young

  • Golden Boot – Sales: Hamish Walding

Honourable Mentions:  Brett Walsh, David Mullins, Ian Scott, Nicholas Williamson

  • Golden Boot – Service: Hayden Bombardieri

Honourable Mentions:  Banjo, Noel Hicks, Ryan Cooper

  • Autocorner Ambassador: Henry Dunn

Honourable Mentions:  Carlo Benincasa, Andrew McLellan, Kris Brennan, Elly Mathewson, Pauline Gauci

Congratulations to Henry Dunn for winning the annual Autocorner Ambadsador Award 

Henry was on leave and missed receiving his award so luckily last year's winner Elly Mathewson was on hand to present it! Congratulations Henry!!

L Plate & Plate Drivers Given Motoring Hot Lap

Exclusively for L Platers, P Platers & their parents, Autocorner's Kick Start Motoring Information Evening, held Wednesday 7th December was a huge success!

Our 2017 Kick Start-ers learnt a lot of valuable lessons in motoring, ranging from jump starting a car, changing a tyre, tips for buying a used vehicle & safety on the road.

We were very privileged to have special guest speaker Sgt Nigel Dalton (QLD Police District Crime Prevention) run through some driving safety tips, and covering off the Fatal Five - the 5 major contributors to accidents on our roads. These include Speeding, Distractions, not wearing a Seat Belt, Drunk/Drug Driving & Fatigue.  For more information on this visit: www.police.qld.gov.au/fatalfive or for some safety driving tips this is a great resource as well: https://jointhedrive.qld.gov.au/

We were also joined by Richard Incledon  (Road Accident Action Group) who finished off the evenings talks with some great tips on driving on our local roads.

Our Kick Start Drivers were quizzed at the end - passing with flying colours.  Winners of our Quiz pictured below (L-R - Nicholas Hazel, Grady Hamilton, Josh Hartley, Esther Ramage, Josh Haplin).

View our full Kick Start photo album on our Facebook page.

Nepal for Elly Mathewson!

We work with some pretty amazing people here at Autocorner Mackay.
One of our fav's, Elly Mathewson has just returned from a trip to Nepal where she climbed to the Base Camp of Mt Everest! Yes, Mt Everest!
We're really proud of this girl, she is an amazing asset to our team and with commitment like this, you know she's great at looking after our guests! Good Job Elly, the whole team is proud of you!!


Autocorner to Kick Start Young Drivers


Local P plate & L plate drivers will be given an introduction to vehicle ownership & safety, at a free Kick Start Motoring Information night, to take place on Wednesday December 7 at Autocorner.

Professionals in the motoring industry will come together to present the interactive, hands on workshop, aimed at increasing the confidence, knowledge & safety of young drivers in the community.

Autocorner Dealer Principal Georgia Thomson said the event was developed with young driver safety in mind.

“We received overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s Kick Start Workshop, so we decided to make it a yearly event to help equip young drivers with motoring know-how so they can confidently get behind the wheel when beginning to drive. We also hope it helps to take the edge out of what can be a stressful experience for parents in their children’s next stage of life”.

“We love being active community supporters and we see this as a great way to offer something back to our region. We have a great team of automotive specialists who have a lot of experience and knowledge to share with the community”.

The workshop has specifically been designed with L & P plate drivers in mind, with parents & those looking to gain their Learner Driver’s license in 2016 also invited to register for the event.

With over 42 years’ experience in the automotive service industry, Autocorner Service Manager Paul Barfield will be one of the event guest speakers.

While participants will learn how to change a tyre, checking oil & jump starting a vehicle, there is much more to this event than just nuts & bolts Mr. Barfield said.

“In addition to providing hands on training on things to keep you out of a pickle in a break-down situation, our guest will also learn about what to look for when purchasing a vehicle both privately & at a car yard, as well as the all-important tips on driving & road safety by industry professionals.”

Sergeant Nigel Dalton is confirmed to speak at the event along with a representative from the Road Accident Action Group (RAAG).

Autocorner’s free Kick Start Motoring Information evening will take place Wednesday, 7th December 2016, 6:15pm at Autocorner.  Registration is essential with numbers limited.  Visit the “Autocorner Mackay” Facebook or contact the dealership on 49618000 for more information. 

Event Details:

DATE:   Wednesday 7th December 2016

STARTS:   6.15pm for Registration (Workshop starts 6:30pm SHARP)

WHERE:   Autocorner Service Department  (Via Hyne St off Nebo Road)

FB EVENT ON:  Find out more on our Autocorner Mackay Kick Start Event Page OR register for the event here


FREE Motoring Information Night for Women!

The Autocorner Workshop team introduced the ladies of Mackay to some unknown territory – their own vehicles!

Autocorner’s Heels Wheels & Automobiles workshop, supported by Hyundai Motor Corporation, was held on Wednesday 27th July 2015 and was aimed at acquainting women with the mechanics of their vehicle, learning practical lessons in motoring safety and car maintenance, irrespective of what make or model they are driving.  The event was free, fun, and was open to women of all ages.

The Autocorner’s top team of technicians worked late – to teach our guests how their vehicle operates, ways of keeping it safe and dependable, and what to do in an emergency situation, such as changing a tyre, jump starting a vehicle, checking tyre pressure and much more. 

Always looking forward to this annual community event is Paul Barfield, Autocorner Technical Service Manager. “We always receive such positive responses from those who have attend the night and it’s great to know we are empowering women to know more about their vehicle with simple tricks and tips. It’s a fun way for women of all ages to learn how important it is to keep their vehicle as safe as possible for themselves, their families and friends” Mr Barfield said.

 “The workshops run over an enjoyable few hours, and we try to make each workshop as hands on as possible. It is a great way for us to give back to our local community” he said.

The event, which as become a tradition at the dealership, catered to all ages, from teenagers with their first car to ladies just looking for a refresher. 

Autocorner Dealer Principal, Georgia Thomson, enjoys offering these events to the community.  “This initiative has proved a great success in past years. Autocorner is strongly focused on supporting the community and this free event is another great opportunity for us to engage the community and give back.” she said.

Autocorner Heels, Wheels & Automobiles Workshop offers a fun, informative night for ladies to learn all about their cars.  If you are interested in being contacted about Autocorner’s next Heels, Wheels & Automobiles workshop dates, simply email your details to marketing@autocorner.com.au.



Autocorner is proud to support the Rotary Club of Mackay in facilitating the RYDA program to Mackay senior high school students this year.

RYDA is designed for 16-18 year old students who are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.

About 300 students were expected to attend the course locally, which involves six interactive sessions to challenge the way they think about road safety; participating in a stopping distance demonstration, devising personalised strategies, gaining an understanding of their individual risk profile and getting tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.

Mackay Rotary Club has been involved since 2008 and in that time some 1,800 students have been through the program. Noel Kidd from Mackay Rotary said this year there was about 340 students expected to go through the program.

“The program is always well received and gets good reviews from both students and teachers.” Mr Kidd Said

Autocorner thanks the efforts of the Rotary Club of Mackay for continuing to drive such an important program in our region and for allowing us to contribute this year.

Toolkit for Girls Programme

Autocorner once again supported the Toolkit for Girls programme which Hail Creek Mine is partnering with the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) at the Mackay Engineering College. The workshop was held on Wednesday 11th May with the purpose of the event is to showcase career and study information and options relating to non-traditional job opportunities, particularly in the trades and vocation areas for young female secondary school students across the region.

Many thanks to Adele and Casey from Autocorner for their participation in the Toolkit for Girls event this year.  It was fantastic for them to again give up thier valuable time and be involved.

Adele shared her journey from being an apprentice to her current role as the Apprentice Master was interesting and beneficial for the students to understand the various pathways there are available through the trades.  Casey as a new apprentice also provided good feedback and information to the students.


2015 Fleet Award Winners

Autocorner Fleet Solutions have returned home winners at the Toyota's annual Fleet Awards Night which saw the team take out multiple awards across the team. They were recognised for their high sales achievements in 2015 as well as leadership in the fleet area. 

Autocorner Awards:

  • Guest Advocacy (Rural) - David Croxon
  • Gold Leader - David Croxon
  • Welterweight Retail - David Croxon
  • Gold Leader - Dane Bentley
  • Welter /  Bantam / Fly Fleet- Rebecca Bachmann 
  • Gold Leader - Rebecca Bachmann 
  • Fleet & Government Rural Sales - Rebecca Bachmann



PATHWAY TO THE TOP – developing rugby league talent in North Queensland    

22 March 2016

2016 Cowboys Academy squad


Promising local junior rugby league recruits met at the first 2016 Cowboys Academy session yesterday at the BB Print Stadium Mackay.

The Cowboys Academy, proudly supported by Toyota and the North Queensland Toyota Dealers, provides a structured pathway to support the development and transition of promising young rugby league players through the playing ranks, from scholarship through to NYC and ultimately NRL.

The Academy focuses on high-school aged players (13-17 years), with sessions run in regional centers encompassing Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Brisbane.

Local Toyota General Manager Liam Gaskin said Mackay Toyota are excited to support such an important program again this year.  “Giving our talented juniors the opportunity to develop their skills in such a quality program like this is fantastic.  We are proud to enable programs like these to continue locally.”

For more information on the Cowboys Academy structure & recruitment process visit http://www.cowboys.com.au/team/cowboys-academy.html

As seen featured in The Daily Mercury: Quality in Cowboys Academy

Mackay Toyota Supports Cowboys Academy



Mackay Isuzu UTE has come out on top after being awarded the 2015 Isuzu UTE Dealer of the Year in Australia.  First position was awarded to the local dealership, part of the Autocorner group, last week following a successful year. The Dealership Award encompasses all areas of the business from Sales Results to Customer Satisfaction and was judged against 110 other Isuzu UTE dealers in the country.

Isuzu UTE has gained attention in the Mackay region for its exclusive 3L Isuzu Turbo Diesel Engine and 5 star ANCAP ratings. Attracting a wide range of customers from tradies and farmers needing a work vehicle, families looking for competitively priced SUV and local businesses needing fleet vehicles, the team at Mackay Isuzu UTE specialise in matching the customer to perfect vehicle as well providing genuine Isuzu UTE servicing.

In recognition of the achievement, Yasuhiro Takeuchi, CEO for Isuzu UTE Australia presented Mackay Isuzu UTE with a Japanese Daruma Doll. The Daruma Doll is designed to help the owner keep track of goals and used as motivation to complete them. The eyes of the doll are blank, with the first eye coloured in to mark the setting of a goal, and the second eye is only coloured in once this goal has been achieved, symbolising that both eyes are now ‘open’.. The Mackay Isuzu UTE team are consistently focused on achieving their goals and living by the Autocorner Core Values of ‘Customers Come First, Be the Best and Have Fun’. 

Dealer Principal, Georgia Thomson said she is pleased with the achievement. ‘It’s a fantastic result and a testament to the hard work and dedication the Isuzu UTE team invest in our company values and our customers. The brand’s range of vehicles have proven to be popular contenders in the SUV and Ute markets with fantastic reliability, quality and value for money - they are becoming an ever growing presence in the region.

I want to thank our team and our customers, the fans of our brand, for making this achievement possible. We look forward to seeing more growth in the years to come! 

Mackay Isuzu UTE – just over the Forgan bridge


Australia Day 2016 

Monday, 25th January 2015

At Autocorner, we are proud Aussies!!   Our staff and our valued guests all got into the spirit to celebrate Australia Day 2016 today with some delicious freshly baked lamingtons from our local Crusty’s Bakery, Aussie flags and a few ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi’ chants.  


We hope all our guests, friends and employees have a wonderful day celebrating all things Australian tomorrow!

View more photos on Autocorner Mackay Facebook.

Autocorner's 2015 Best of the Best

Autocorner’s Best of the Best were honoured at our annual Christmas Eve celebrations.  Autocorner's 3 main core values - Customers Come First, Be the Best and Have Fun, were each considered when deciding on the staff who fit the bill for our Best of the Best awards.  

Autocorner 2015 Best of the Best Awards

Congratulations to the 2015 champions:

  • Autocorner Ambassador - Elly Mathewson.  Elly is our Customer Experience Coordinator and embraces our core values in everything she does.
  • Best on Ground - Michael Davidson (Group Wholesale Manager)
  • Players Player - Bernie Hong (Assistant Toyota Service Manager)
  • Rookie of the Year - Kris Moyle (Sales Consultant - Hypermarket)
  • Golden Boot – Sales - Brett Walsh (Sales Consultant - Mackay Mazda)
  • Golden Boot – Service - Larry Poland (Workshop Controller)

Special mentions go to the following staff who were also close runners for our inaugral Best of the Best titles: 

  • Best on Ground - Special Mentions:  Shae Hopf, Leanne Schultz, Ryan Cooper
  • Players Player - Special Mentions:  Bec Bachmann, Kim Luehman, Vasilli Coopamah
  • Rookie of the Year - Special Mentions:  Andrew Kliese, Andrew McLellan, Henry Dunn
  • Golden Boot – Sales - Special Mentions:  Leanne Shultz, David Lancuba, Shae Hopf
  • Golden Boot – Service - Special Mentions:  James Garz, Hayden Bombardieri

Autocorner presents... KICK START

Motoring Information Night for L Platers, P Platers & their Parents!

Come along to our FREE ‘KICK START’ information session and gain some valuable information about cars that you will use for your entire driving life! Professionals in the motoring industry get together with amateur drivers and their parents to provide valuable tips for vehicle maintenance. This is a must attend workshop for all the L & P plate local drivers in the Mackay region or for those who will be getting their Learners in 2016.

Date: Wednesday 9th December 2015
Start: 6:45pm for Registration (Workshop starts 7pm sharp)
Where: Autocorner Service Department (Via Hyne St off Nebo Rd), Mackay

Numbers are restricted to 50 participants so get in early & BOOK NOW!!!

Mackay Mazda played host to one of Queensland’s most treasured possession last night thanks to an initiative of Queensland Rugby League, Mazda Australia and Mackay Mazda. Queensland great Trevor ‘Gilly’ Gilmeister and Michael Hagan along with the State of Origin Shield attended a small event at Mackay Mazda on Wednesday 21st October.

State of Origin Legends Visit Mackay Mazda

In an initiative to take the cherished trophy to the regions where it means to most, Mackay Mazda and the staff were excited by the visit.

Gilly will always be remembered as a tough player, Gillmeister epitomised Queensland spirit. As tall as he was thick, he defended like a roadblock. But perhaps the greatest insight into his toughness was in 1995 when the Maroons were busted up by the Super League war. The then skipper took himself off a drip in hospital to go and lead Queensland to arguably their most famous series win.

Qld assistant coach Michael Hagan was another great addition to the event and had valuable insights into the mentality of the Queensland Rugby League Team and how their sheer determination and desire to win coupled with Mal Maninga's coaching style has seem them dominate over the last 10 years.

Autocorner and the Try Trade Program 2015

Mackay Engineering College is partnering with 12 prominent local industries to give students an insight into a career in the Manufacturing, Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical industry. 
This year a group of 60 Year 10 students from Mackay, Mackay North, Mirani, Pioneer, Sarina and Northern Beaches state high schools are participating in a 8-week pre-vocational training program.
Autocorner has again supported this great Try Trade program in 2015 by hosting 60 students from our 6 state high schools, Mackay, Sarina, Mirani, Mackay North, Pioneer and Northern Beaches.
We've loved having the students here and we wish them well in the future!

Autocorner Mechanic Claims Aussie Title

28 Oct 2014

Mackay Hyundai's Daniel Burow has claimed the National Service Technician of the Year title at the Hyundai National Skills Competition.

The competition was held in Sydney and runs each year to showcase the skills of Hyundai's best technicians.

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Isuzu MU-X takes out Ozroamer Award

26 May 2014

Launched in late 2013 Isuzu has joined the party with its 7 seat version of the successful and popular D Max. Oddly named the Isuzu MU-X. I really don't know where they get the name from but the MU-X is built on the same platform as the D Max Ute with suspension improvements and a heap of other design features to produce quite a pleasing 7 seat family 4WD.

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Heels, Wheels & Automobiles

22 Apr 2014

The Autocorner workshop team is getting ready to introduce the ladies of Mackay to some unknown territory - their own vehicles!

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Trade-In Disposal Centre is on the move!

24 Mar 2014

As of Monday 24th March, The Trade-In Disposal Centre will be relocating to the Opposite Lock Supersite Mackay, located just over the Forgan Bridge. This exciting move will join two of Mackay’s specialist used car yards to provide a wider range of vehicles all under one roof.

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Spice up your life with the ‘glamazon’ of SUVs

21 Mar 2014

COCO Chanel once said – a girl should be two things, fabulous and classy.Fabulousness, class are reflected in a persons.

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Miss Dependable now a Chic Glamour Puss

07 Mar 2014

GLITZ, glamour, shimmery frocks and oh-so-shiny locks – yep, it was Oscar week.

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Pink Stumps Day

28 Jan 2014

Mackay Toyota is seeing Pink after hosting a local pink stumps day.

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Prado, Popular Choice just got better but doesn't cost more

24 Jan 2014

Toyota Prado Hits the Top of the popularity charts in Mackay.

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Surviving tough tests

10 Jan 2014

OUR long term test Hyundai ix35 has run the gauntlet in recent weeks, being tested by baggage, mechanic and small.

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Autocorner Technician Rates 6th in World

03 Dec 2013

MACKAY Hyundai’s Daniel Burowhas been ranked sixth in the world as a technician at the Korean HyundaiWorld Skills Competition.

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Flagon & Dragon Lunch

20 Sep 2013

THE biennial Flagon and Dragon fundraising lunch, which will be held tomorrow, is already a success with its tickets sold.

The event, which will be held at the Windmill Motel and Reception Centre from 11am, raises money for Mackay's children's hospital wards.

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Ladies learn car safety tricks

13 Sep 2013

THE Autocorner Workshop team is getting ready to introduce the ladies of Mackay to some unknown territory – their own vehicles.

Autocorner's Heels Wheels and Automobiles workshop, supported by the Hyundai Motor Corporation, will be held again on Wednesday, and is aimed at acquainting women, learing practical lessons in motoring safety and car maintenance irrespective of what make or model they are driving.

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Fundraising Pays Off

04 Sep 2013

Flagon and Dragon Club member John Glanville said there was nothing more rewarding than seeing the fruits of the groups.

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Autocorner Drives R U OK Message

02 Sep 2013

Autocorner Mackay is promoting the R U OK? message to its employees.

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