New Melbourne repair café promoting reuse and upcycling

New Melbourne repair café promoting reuse and upcycling

The City of Whittlesea, in north Melbourne, is opening up its first repair café, encouraging residents to fix their broken household items rather than dispose of them.

At the repair cafe, skilled volunteers will perform simple repairs on all kinds of personal items such as jewellery, bikes, a coffee machine, a fan, scooters, and even holes in clothing.

The new Mernda Repair Café is being run by Mernda Community House, Whittlesea Community Connections and the City of Whittlesea.

Mernda Community House Coordinator Paras Christou hopes the Café will get people in the community thinking about fixing items rather than simply throwing them out.

“What we are trying to do with this repair café is show our community that there is an alternative, and many items that would otherwise be destined for waste can in fact be repaired and reused,” Christou said.

“We will have a range of repairers at each session that can fix items including bikes, small electrical items, clothing and jewellery.”

Repairer bookings last one hour. The Repairer will assess if an item is repairable within the hour allocated.

The repair café is located at Mernda Community House, 2 Heals Road, Mernda and will be run monthly, with the first session held on Saturday 9 April, from 10am-2pm.

The repair café is supported by Sustainability Victoria’s Recycling Communities Fund

To book a spot or for more information, click here.


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