Re­pair Lab teaches new skills

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page -

COM­MU­NITY mem­bers will be able to bring bro­ken items from home and get them fixed at the in­au­gu­ral Re­pair Lab in Vic­to­ria Park.

Items rang­ing from toast­ers to bikes and ev­ery­thing in be­tween can be brought to the Vic Park Mini Lab on Oc­to­ber 7.

While sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives are pop­u­lar in Europe and the US since the move­ment started in Am­s­ter­dam in 2009, and a few have popped up in the east­ern states in the past few years, this will be Perth’s first.

The ini­tia­tive was started by Lath­lain res­i­dent Flavia Par­dini and Swan­bourne res­i­dent Wilma van Box­tel af­ter they at­tended the Ad­vanced Earth Car­ers course of­fered by the Min­darie Re­gional Coun­cil in July.

Ms Par­dini said the idea of the Re­pair Lab was to en­cour­age peo­ple to cre­ate less waste and to match peo­ple with bro­ken items with peo­ple who could fix them.

“It’s also a chance for peo­ple to learn new skills and to ex­tend the life of items that some peo­ple have thought about throw­ing away,” she said.

“We’ll have peo­ple with the skills to re­pair elec­tric items, bikes, sewing ma­chines, jew­ellery and fur­ni­ture.”

Ms van Box­tel said she hoped the event was a suc­cess and in­spired more peo­ple to hold sim­i­lar events.

“It will be a one-off event to test the waters and en­cour­age peo­ple to get in­volved and mul­ti­ply the labs all over Perth”, she said.

The or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for vol­un­teers. Email re­pair­lab.perth@gmail.com.

Re­pair Lab or­gan­is­ers Flavia Par­dini and Wilma van Box­tel.

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