New business owner gives Wash House major makeover

BRIGHTON’S Robert Gourlay had to make some fairly life-changing decisions some years ago when a mining accident which resulted in spinal surgery rendered him unable to work underground in the mines again.

Robert Gourlay and friendly pooch at the Bridgewater Wash House’s dog wash facility.

Robert admits that was the time he decided to start looking for his own business.

“To be able to work for myself was important,” he said.

Robert is well known to the community having worked in the Green Point and Blue Fin takeaway for a while, but now he has recently taken over ownership of the Bridgewater Wash House in Hurst St.

“While we’ve only been there for a few weeks we are thrilled with the response to our taking over the ownership and management of the Wash House,” Robert said.

“A lot of people now know we are in charge and are giving us fantastic support,” he said.

“I have definitely noticed a trend in the popularity of car washes. Not only are they very convenient in today’s busy world, but they are also an environmentally-friendly alternative to washing cars the old-fashioned way, as instead of water going down the street – it is recycled.”

The Wash House boasts some new machinery for the dog wash as well as a brand new car wash and newly installed vacuum cleaners and accessories for the cleaning bays.

“Importantly for the dog wash we are using top of the range shampoos, and flea rinses and conditioners for dogs. They are allergy free and very gentle on the animals’ skin.  Our customers can be assured that their dogs will be clean without the risk of any reaction to the products.”

The Wash House provides a touch-free car wash along with three wash bays, two for cars as well as a truck wash. There is also a laundrette which has five washing machines and four dryers with another two dryers on order.

“We provide personalised services and give vehicles a pre-wash particularly the wheels, to ensure a great end product,” Robert said.

Robert is on site from  9am to 5pm daily, seven-days-a-week.

“This is the first time in my own business and I want to provide the very best service to our customers so they keep coming back,” he said.

“We have completely refurbished up the Wash House and painted the fence a distinctive yellow which has really highlighted where we are.”

As a special deal for Brighton residents, the Prestige wash, which is normally $14 is reduced to $10 as an opening special and there is a 10 per cent reduction in car detailing. Both deals will be available throughout October.

A family sausage sizzle fundraiser will be held at the Wash House on October 25 and the Bridgewater Wash House welcomes all new and existing customers. On that day, the Wash House be holding a fund raiser for Danielle Nossiter who is running the New York marathon to raise money for Leukaemia Foundation Of Australia.Danni has a goal of raising 2$0,000 and she has reached $12,000 do date.

“I will donate $10 for every car washed that day. The day is sponsored by  Bridewater Wash House, Autoklene Tasmania and Brighton Quality Meats,” Robert said.

The Bridgewater Wash House is at 21 Hurst St Bridgewater so pop in and give your vehicle or your dog, or both, a Spring spruce up.