Mike Schirmer

Director, Designer/Estimator

Mike had his start in the building industry in 1977 as an apprentice carpenter/joiner/cabinet-maker. After completing his apprenticeship, he then became self-employed in 1985, spending time building housing in central Queensland.  He returned to Victor Harbor in 1986, where his expertise was used in building first stage jetties for the marina at Hindmarsh Island and also building housing in the Victor Harbor area.

He started cabinet-making at the Joinery Factory in Port Elliot in late 1986. Mike has previously studied business management, completing a twelve-month course in 1987.

After an already impressive career, Mike then merged his business with Ben from Goolwa Kitchens in 2005.

Amongst his many achievements, he is a multi-award winner in HIA & KBDI in kitchen design.

Mike has various roles at GKW, including:
Strategic Business Management and Development
Kitchen Designer and Colour Consultation
Computer Drafting and Design
Quoting and Estimating


Tanya Collings


Tanya is one of our designers, she has been in the cabinet making industry for over 10 years and has successfully completed a 3 year degree in Interior Design.

She keeps up to date with all the latest trends by attending seminars and researching new products available. 

Tanya is passionate about her work and has been described as “friendly, professional and a delight to work with.”

Understandably it can sometimes be a daunting task taking on large projects but with her advice and guidance she assures you it will be manageable and an enjoyable experience. 

A principal theme in Tanya’s work is that she prides herself on attention to detail, she strives to deliver on an end product that meets your individuality and budget whilst being functional and stylish.

If you’re in need of a Kitchen Designer whether it be for a renovation or a new home, you can benefit from her extensive knowledge by popping into our Showroom or call us on 8555 3522 to make an appointment. 


Ben Fatchen

Director, Operations Manager

With over 22 continuous years’ experience in the cabinet-making industry, Ben brings an enormous amount of experience and expertise. Ben started in the cabinet-making industry in Goolwa in 1994 as an apprentice, completing trade school in 1998 with distinctions. During this time, he competed in the World Skills competition in his field and finished third in the state.

In mid 2000, Ben started GKW, employing two staff. With a strong interest and passion for technology and systems he rapidly implemented CNC machinery and the latest software to increase quality and consistency of product, and to enhance customer service.

To keep abreast of the constant and rapid changes the industry is facing and to find the latest machinery, trends, products and manufacturing techniques, Ben regularly attends trade shows and conferences both locally, interstate and overseas. Ben sees this as a crucial component to the continued success and sustainability of GKW.

Ben carries out the role of Operations Manager with the main focus on Management and Development of GKW’s manufacturing processes and software systems.


Brett Beaty

Director, Production Coordinator

Brett brings a wealth of knowledge to the GKW team, having over twenty years of experience in the furnishing and kitchen manufacturing industry.

Brett started his career in the furnishing industry in 1995 as an apprentice cabinet maker building free standing solid timber furniture, quickly gaining skills and knowledge. Whilst completing his apprenticeship he was introduced to the kitchen industry through his father inlaw, also a cabinetmaker, who ran his own joinery shop.

After completing his trade and continuing on as a factory manager for a few years, Brett started his own business along with his father in law. Specializing in high end custom built solid timber furniture which they sold to both retail and private customers. Seeing a demand in the market, they branched out into the manufacture of custom built kitchens.

During this time Brett developed a passion for computer aided design (CAD) software which he introduced into the manufacturing process. This led to the introduction of 3D drawing software to be able to show customers their kitchens in 3D prior to being actually produced.
This passion still drives Brett today.

Bretts’ role at GKW is production manager. Brett has a strong emphasis on attention to detail and communication.


Dana Fatchen

Administration/Showroom Consultant

Shauna Schirmer


Goolwa Kitchens & Wardrobes started in 2001 with a vision to bring something unique to the marketplace – world class design, cutting edge manufacturing and customer service that is second to none.

With combined experience of over 75 years in joinery and cabinet making, our team at Goolwa Kitchens & Wardrobes will bring quality, style and excellence to every project.

Not content with just being better, we strive to be the best – from our team of in-house design experts to our fully automated and custom software integrated manufacturing facility, all the way to our attention to the finest level of detail – our goal is to make your vision a reality and provide you with a space that is functional, exceptional and unique.

Situated in the heart of Goolwa, our showroom is where you can see the result of our dedication and hard work. Come and speak to one of our expert designers, or simply have a look and be inspired by what your home space could become.

When you visit our showroom, you will see for yourself what can happen when specialised staff and expert craftsmanship come together with a commitment to excellence. We would love to devote our expertise and quality to your next home renovation.

Come and see us today for an obligation-free chat about what we can do for you.



We live and operate our world-class manufacturing facilities right here in Goolwa, meaning you don’t have to travel for miles to get the best. CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE
We are constantly researching, investigating and challenging ourselves to improve our systems and services every day to bring you the cutting edge. CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE
Our entire business – from the materials and manufacturing process to our store-front staff – is built on only the very best in everything. CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE
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Dear Mike, Brett and Ben.

Just writing to let you know that we are absolutely thrilled with the look of our new kitchen.  Even though we really couldn’t increase the kitchen size itself the layout you have given us is really as though it has been made bigger.
The tiling was finished last week and we are very pleased with the wall and floor tiles we chose.
It was amazing that the boys could do it all in one day.
Thanking you once again.
Richard and Jill . Nov 2018

Paul and I engaged Goolwa Kitchens and Wardrobes to design, plan and install our new kitchen.
From the outset, their designer, Tanya, was a delight to work with. Very patient, polite and very professional. She made us feel very comfortable with our choices and understood exactly what we were after and explained everything in detail so we understood the process.
Once we had made our final decision and the dates were locked in, everything happened on schedule, if not earlier than arranged. The existing kitchen was removed very efficiently and taken away to be reused, which was an important option to us.
The attention to detail by the project coordinator, Brett, and the installers, was impeccable. No detail was overlooked and the finish proved to be better than expected. The installers made sure the overhead cupboards looked fully built in.
All trades people were coordinated by GKW and we cannot fault their work.
We highly recommend GKW for friendliness, service and quality!
Viv & Paul Osborn

Dear GKW,

I am absolutely thrilled with my kitchen.  Brett and all of the tradies who worked on it were fabulous – especially your man who completed the cabinetry.  I found each of the tradies extremely pleasant and professional – in fact, I have never met such polite men (not only to me, but to each other!!).

This whole exercise has been completely stress-free for me – due entirely to the attention to detail and care that your people took.  So – thank you very much.  I shall ensure that I recommend you to anyone who asks.

Jane Koehne

Thanks GKW! I love my kitchen, laundry and all the robes. I can’t wait to move in and put all of them to use. Great job!

Liz Richter

I highly recommend this business. I have had an office fit-out with filing cupboards, concealed doors etc, custom shelving and custom made cabinets – everything was completed with a minimum of fuss, installed with minimal disruption to our work environment, all at an excellent price.

Dean Maul-Dunn

Goolwa Kitchens & Wardrobes support
the McGrath Foundation through Polytec


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