Repair cafe movement set to hit Perth

Repair Cafe Perth volunteer repairer Mischa Haman-Dass.
Repair Cafe Perth volunteer repairer Mischa Haman-Dass.

A PAIR of thrifty locals are bringing the repair cafe movement to Perth.

Angeline Kings-Lynne and Elspeth Gonzales-Skuja have recruited a group of volunteer handymen and women to diagnose or repair broken household items brought in by members of the public and save them from landfill.

“I’m a toy fixer for my toy library with a background in furniture making and electrical engineering,” Ms Kings-Lynne said.

“I thought even if I have to go up to the Hills I’d love to help out in the community.

“There are 1373 repair cafes around world; there’s a map of Australia and they’re sprinkled across the east coast and WA has got nothing.

“You look at the rest of the map and they’re in Latvia, Afghanistan, everywhere.

“There’s an appetite in the community for this.”

They found the perfect location in The Maker Movement on Angove Street, North Perth, which is an eatery with a workshop at the rear.

“We can’t fix dining tables or washing machines but a chair with a wobbly leg (we can),” she said.

“Don’t put it out on the verge or your porch to whither away until you are sick of looking at it and it goes in the bulk rubbish.

“Bring it in here and make it part of your household again.”

An introductory session will be held on Sunday, October 22 form 9am to noon at Albert Square, corner Angove and Albert streets, North Perth.

Repair sessions will take place at The Maker Movement on the third Saturday of each month, November 18 from 10.30 am to 12.30pm.

Repairs are free and tools and materials are also available.

The group is still seeking more volunteers and donations.

Go to chuffed.org/project/repair-cafe-perth.

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