Cafe re­stores magic of re­pairs

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­PAIR­ING old house­hold ob­jects and giv­ing them a new lease on life is just one part of the Re­pair Cafe in Fre­man­tle.

Joanna Black­ley said she read about a sim­i­lar café in Mt Hawthorn and wanted to start some­thing sim­i­lar in Fre­man­tle.

“I was im­me­di­ately in­ter­ested in the idea as a com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive that worked to re­duce items go­ing to land­fill, there­fore working to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“It en­cour­aged re­pair knowl­edge and prac­tices, and it brought mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to­gether in a mean­ing­ful way while build­ing re­la­tion­ships and com­mu­nity con­nec­tions.”

Items such as cloth­ing, toys, small fur­ni­ture, elec­tri­cal goods that have an AC adap­tor or are bat­tery op­er­ated, and bikes will be able to be fixed.

Ms Black­ley said re­pairs would be free of charge.

“The idea is for the re­pair to be made jointly by the item’s owner and the vol­un­teer re­pairer. I hope peo­ple will feel the magic of restor­ing a bro­ken item to use­ful­ness, and pre­vent­ing it from be­ing thrown away,” she said.

Ms Black­ley said she hoped the Re­pair Cafe would be­come an in­te­gral part of the com­mu­nity once a month.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d486208

Joanna Black­ley and Kester McKay.

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