Repair Cafe to open in Fremantle

L to R - Joanna Blackley & Kester McKay. Photo: Jon Hewson
L to R - Joanna Blackley & Kester McKay. Photo: Jon Hewson

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 simlar 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, whilst 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 will be free of charge.

“The idea is for the repair to be made jointly by the item’s owner and the volunteer repairer,” she said.

“I hope people will feel the magic of restoring a broken item to usefulness, and preventing it from being thrown away.”

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

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: Repair Cafe Opening

WHEN: Sunday September 9 from 10am to 12pm

WHERE: Stackwood Fremantle.