Clearance sale end of an era

Family business: Sandra Wilson, an employee of Motor-Ag for 18 years, alongside Ann and Mick Charlton, who took over the business from Ann’s parents, Brian and Betty Cusack.

AFTER more than half a century as a family business, Motor-Ag said goodbye to Leongatha with a huge clearing sale last Friday.

More than 300 people attended the sale, with Elders auctioneer James Kyle confirming 250 buyers were registered on the day.

“It was a really big success, with everything selling,” he said.

“There were purchasers from everywhere; all over Victoria and even from southern New South Wales.”

Mr Kyle said larger items, such as brand new hay mowers, tandem trailers, trailing bale feeders and a Ford Courier utility were sold at the clearance, alongside all the workshop tools, machinery and spare parts.

“It was just a total dispersal,” he said.

“It was well advertised and the people who saw things they wanted to buy made the journey down.

There were also a lot of onlookers just seeing what was going on. It was a successful sale, and everything went smoothly.”

The business was originally opened by the late Brian and Betty Cusack as B.T. and B. Cusack P/L.

It later became South Gippsland Autofarm P/L.

For the last 18 years the business has been owned and run by Mick and Ann Charlton under the name  Motor-Ag of Leongatha.

“It’s been a family business for over 50 years and Mick and Ann are moving on to different things now, so I think they were pretty happy with the way it all went,” Mr Kyle said.

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