Repair Cafe Belmont to launch at Sapore Espresso Bar

Sapore Espresso Bar owner Mario Fisicchia, volunteer repairer Bruce Galbraith and Repair Café organiser Fred Goh adding community spirit with the first Repair Café Belmont. Picture: David Baylis
Sapore Espresso Bar owner Mario Fisicchia, volunteer repairer Bruce Galbraith and Repair Café organiser Fred Goh adding community spirit with the first Repair Café Belmont. Picture: David Baylis

FIXING a bike while having a cup of coffee will be a monthly activity after the first Repair Cafe in Belmont is launched this Saturday at Sapore Espresso Bar.

Belmont resident Fred Goh said the Repair Cafe would be a good excuse for community gatherings and decreasing landfill.

“I think our culture’s become a throwaway culture so they just consume then throw away,” he said.

“We’re hoping the visitors themselves would try to participate in the repairs, so it’s not a drop-in, drop-off service.

“It’s part of that knowledge sharing, skill-sharing we’re starting to lose.”

Volunteer repairer Bruce Galbraith said it has been rewarding to be involved with the Repair cafes in Mt Hawthorn and Bassendean .

“A woman brought in a chair her grandfather made which was broken but had huge sentimental value,” he said.

“Twenty minutes with some glue and taping it up, and she goes away happy.”

Mr Goh said while they were able to do minor repairs, participants need to be wary of what they bring to the Repair Cafe.

“We will turn away people if the expertise isn’t there, or refer them,” he said.

“With electrical items, we only request things that are battery operated or classified as low voltage so they have an adaptor.”

The first Repair Cafe Belmont will be held at Sapore Espresso Bar this Saturday, March 2 at 1pm.

For more information, email repaircafebelmont@gmail.com