Our Team
Tobias Schneck

Local Owner and Operator

Born in Germany, Tobias started his apprenticeship at 15 years of age and has always wanted to be a Mechanic.

Toby completed his apprenticeship with Mercedes Benz and has worked for Mercedes. Since Toby finished his tenure with Mercedes he’s worked in a Bosch Service Garage repairing all German makes and models.

Calling Australia home since 2005 and took over from Werners VW Centre in 2006 and rebranded the business to Volks Centre Cairns. Toby now has 23 years experience in this specialised industry, making Volks Centre Cairns one of the leaders in this field.

In his free time Toby likes to spend time with his family, play soccer and ride his motor cross bike.

Lisa Essig

Accounts Manager/Owner

Born in Germany, Lisa is Tobias’s partner in life and in business .They came together to Australia in 2005 and took over the business from Werners VW Centre in 2006. Lisa has been working in the office since the beginning of Volks Centre Cairns.

She is fully certified in Business and her role at Volks Centre Cairns is management of accounts and oversees the direction and administration of the business.

Lisa enjoys spending time with her Family and riding her Bike.

Nadim Sheik

Office Manager

Nadim completed his apprenticeship as a motor Mechanic in England where he was born and has over 10 years’ experience in the industry.

He started working for Volks Centre Cairns in 2015 as a mechanic and loves liaising with customers daily and he has a real passion for cars. With Nadim’s passion and skillset, it was evident to Tobias and Lisa to transfer him to his new role as the office manager, being the first point of call when you phone us. Our clients are assured of experience when phoning Volks Centre Cairns with enquiries and Nadim can certainly handle all your technical questions straight away with his wealth of knowledge as a qualified mechanic.

MarC Belke

Senior Mechanic

Marc was born in Germany and completed his apprenticeship in Frankfurt, Germany.

He has over 18 years’ experience in the automotive industry and has been with our team since 2009.

Marc is specialised in rebuilding engines and transmissions for more complex repairs.

During Marc’s time in Germany he used to be a famous go-kart race driver driving with Sebastian Vettle and Co. during their early days.

He likes to play lotto and dreams of retiring rich.

Rene Raith

Senior Mechanic

Born in Austria. Rene completed his apprenticeship in a VW-Audi Dealership in Austria and has over 12 years’ experience in the automotive maintenance and repair industry.

Rene has been with Volks Centre Cairns since 2015 and very motivated within his field, there is nothing to hard for Rene to fix.

In his free time, Rene likes to do Rock climbing and crafting.

Gero Schneider

Junior Mechanic

Gero is of German heritage and our newest team member, starting with us early 2018 and has completed his apprenticeship in a VW and Audi focused garage.

After this, Gero worked for VW and moved on to be a race Mechanic for the F1 team of Ralf Schumacher.

Gero is very technical and focused on perfection. In his free time Gero likes to travel and play Beach Volley Ball.

Max Wrench

Junior Mechanic

Born in Germany, Max has completed his apprenticeship in Stuttgart and has his master’s degree in LV Mechanic. With 11 years of experience in the industry he is our reliable all-rounder in the Volks Centre Cairns workshop.

In Max’s free time he likes to play soccer.

Jo Mueller

Junior Mechanic

Born in Germany, Jo completed his apprenticeship in Germany and has been working in Germany for 6 years on all German makes and models. He has been with Volks Centre Cairns since 2017.

Jo is great with servicing cars and clutch repairs. Jo’s hobbies are Muay Thai.


Performance Tuning
Unlock the true potential of your car at Volks Centre Cairns!

When a manufacturer releases a new vehicle, it’s usually a worldwide release meaning the car needs to be able to survive in areas that have extreme climates and poor-quality fuels and other additives. Most manufacturers dial back a car's engine to a very conservative level.

This means that in Australia we must put up with a lesser car simply because other countries can't get high quality fuel or oil.

Contact Us

Volks Centre Cairns is conveniently situated just a 10-minute walk from the Cairns CBD.

105 Hartley Street, Cairns 4870, QLD Australia

RTA no AU 46341

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