Madills' bright star
YOU’VE probably seen the ads on TV – “John Madill Toyota? Five Ks that way!”
And it does seem like every five kilometres you look in Gympie there’s another Madill dealership.
But seriously, from humble beginnings in 1935 the Carlton Motor Corporation has grown to include seven dealerships and three service stations.
Tom Madill started the business along River Road all those years ago, before heading off to war.
He returned to find someone had been trading under the Carlton name and so started a new business – Madills Service Station – with his brother.
They probably didn’t expect the business to be going great guns 75 years on.
Now brothers Garth and John Madill run the company that includes showrooms across Gympie, Nambour, Woombye and Noosaville, the Gold Nugget truck stop, BP Noosaville and Caltex Peregian.
They started working for their dad, Tom, in 1965 and 1975 respectively and now third generation Madills are working at the company; Garth’s son John is Sales Manager of the Holden dealership and John’s son Adam started a couple years ago.
To celebrate the 75 year milestone Madills is holding a two day sale “to give something back to their customers”.
Over the years a lot has changed, Garth said.
“Apart from the cars, the costs of doing business and regulations with regard to red tape are horrendous these days,” he said.
For John, his highlight over the years, has been the customers who kept coming back.
He said in their coffers was a sales book that dated back to the 1950s and 60s with the names of families who treturned today as customers.
Cars these days are more like an investment, Garth says.
“There’s a lot of excitement.”
The biggest growth market has been SUVs and lifestyle vehicles, John said.
Noting there was only another 25 years to go until they reached 100 years of Madill motoring, the brothers said they looked forward to another 75 years of serving the Gympie region.
In the future they are looking to expand, open a new Toyota dealership and upgrade the Gold Nugget.
“We look forward to the future in Gympie, there’s great growth potential,” John said.
The brothers believe in giving back to the community, just like their father and are happy to be involved in and donate to numerous community organisations.