Fixer upper cafe is running repairs

Repair Café coordinators Sandie Fonseca (left) and Sandra Pflugmacher (right) with Cockburn councillor Philp Eva (middle).
Repair Café coordinators Sandie Fonseca (left) and Sandra Pflugmacher (right) with Cockburn councillor Philp Eva (middle).

EVER held on to a useful item in the hope of one day fixing it up, but never quite found time to do so?

The need to worry may be no longer, with a community initiative to repair broken items on its way to Cockburn.

The Repair Cafe Cockburn opens this Sunday at the South Lake Ottey Family and Neighbourhood Centre, with volunteers on hand to have a go at repairing broken items that visitors bring in from home.

There are almost 1500 repair cafes worldwide and popular items that can be repaired include clothing, bikes, furniture and other household items; basically anything not electrical.

Co-ordinator Sandra Pflugmacher said they wanted to keep items out of landfill and bring a culture of repair work to a throwaway society.

“We want to try and change people’s outlook; if something’s broken, don’t just throw it away, it can get repaired,” she said.

“Some people really do like their items and just have them sitting in the cupboard, but don’t know really where to take things to get repaired.”

The Repair Cafe will be held on the second Sunday of each month from 10am to noon.

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