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MAY was Queensland Small Business Month and the Whitsunday News spent some time getting to know some local businesses. Here, we profile Whitsunday Mowers, in Proserpine.

WHITSUNDAY Mowers, Proserpine, has been a beacon for locals who are seeking friendly advice, premium service, and quality products.

Wayne Drabsch has lived in the Whitsundays for 32 years, and his wife Sharron Drabsch is a fourth generation Whitsunday local.

They bought the business in December 2018 and have worked hard to grow the small business from a humble 140m2 building into the 800m2 retail shop that exists today.

They increased the showroom to three times the initial size, creating more space for the vast variety of stock on hand.

They are the local Stihl sales and service agents in the area, and they carry the full Stihl range in store. They provide full services and can order genuine spare parts.

“We have a variety of zero turn mowers, the complete Stihl range, and we offer full services for all quality power tools and mowers,” Mr Drabsch said.

“We provide everything from ride-ons to push mowers and sell and service generators.”

Australia is seeing the largest growth with their sales in Stihl, with Queensland having the largest growth, overall.

Whitsunday Mowers has seen a huge increase in sales in units, from 50 handheld units a year to 300 units a year. They have sold more in the last four months than they did in the last 12 months prior.

Top quality service is what they pride themselves on, and four out of the six staff are former tradesmen, who ensure customers receive accurate information when buying or servicing their machines.

With ongoing global issues in logistics and increasing prices, Mr Drabsch encourages customers to purchase soon, so they do not have extended wait times for particular items.

“If people are looking to buy, do it sooner rather than later due to stock getting harder and harder to access, due to hold-ups overseas,” he said.

The ever-growing business has achieved a lot over the last three years and has grand plans for the future.

“We would like to thank the local community for all the support they have given us over the years.”

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