Beaudesert car detailer offered lifeline to stay in town

WORKING TOGETHER: Michael Elliott and James Robinson. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
WORKING TOGETHER: Michael Elliott and James Robinson. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

A CAR detailing business prevented from operating from a residential property has been offered a lifeline thanks to a deal with Beauy Car Wash owner James Robinson.

Michael Elliott, the owner of MJ Car Detailing said he had been operating in Beaudesert for more than two years and was working from his home on Kingsley Drive since the emergence of COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Mr Elliott was told by a Scenic Rim council officer that he could no longer run his business from home, so had made the decision to move to Browns Plains.

A story in the Beaudesert Times on September 3 triggered an outpouring of support for MJ Car Detailing, with many encouraging Mr Elliott to find a way to stay in town.

Beauy Car Wash owner and Oakland developer James Robinson came up with a solution.

"Michael will be working from here, we have plenty of bays he can use and he will pay a small fee for each car he details," Mr Robinson said.

"This is all about local businesses working together to help each other out.

"When I heard about Michael's problems I just thought there must be a way we can work together.

"We need to cut out the ego nonsense, everyone fighting over a small pie when we can just make the pie bigger so there are more pieces to share."

Sealed with an elbow bump.

Sealed with an elbow bump.

Mr Robinson said Beauy Car Wash had all the council approvals necessary to operate a car detailing business.

"And if council thinks otherwise they are welcome to have a crack," he said.

Mr Elliott said the deal was a no-brainer.

"The chemicals used at the car wash are council approved and we use the exact same chemicals," he said.

"I'm really happy we can stay in Beaudesert, we have had so much support from locals.

"We are already taking bookings and plan to start at Oakland next week."