Locals Back Illawarras First ‘REPAIR CAFÉ’

Tue Apr 24, 2018

People from across the Illawarra have a unique opportunity to have broken household items repaired for free, while at the same time helping the environment and creating new social and friendship opportunities.

The internationally successful ‘Repair Café’ is coming to Wollongong, enabling locals to have everything from electrical goods and furniture to bikes and toys and crockery and clothing repaired.

Arranged by local not-for-profit operators Flourish Australia, Ability Links NSW and the National Disability Coordination Officer, the Repair Café opportunity promotes repairs to minimise household waste.

“Too often people toss things away when the most basic repair is required,” Flourish Australia Wollongong Manager Chloe Hancock said.

“That results in mountains of unnecessary landfill, not to mention additional environmental pressure that comes from manufacturing replacement goods.

“Repair Café is about altering mindsets - reminding people that so many things can be as good as new with a basic repair job.

“People can also save so much money when they err on the side of repairs instead of impulsively throwing things out.”

Repair Café specialists will be on hand to fix items brought in by locals. Tools are also available for locals to have a go at fixing items themselves, with help never far away if things don’t go to plan.

“A big part of the Repair Café success story globally has been the creation of social interaction through fixing everyday items,” Ms Hancock added.

“It’s inspiring that something as simple as tinkering with household items can open up many doors of conversation, laughter and friendship.”

Organisers are already looking ahead to see if the event can become a regular local fixture.

The inaugural Wollongong Repair Café event will be held in Wollongong on Friday 4th May from 10.00am to 1.00pm, at Flourish Australia, located at 3 Station Street.

The Repair Café concept arose in the Netherlands in 2009 and was formulated by Martine Postma, at the time an Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist. In 2010 Martine started the Repair Café Foundation (see Repaircafe.org). This provides support to local groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café. 1,400 Repair Cafés are now operating globally.

Editor note

For event preview picture and interview opportunities, or to enquire about covering the event on Friday 4 May, please contact Chloe Hancock on 0417 691 884 or Matthew Watson on 0417 691 884.