Repair Lab to host a second session at Vic Park MiniLab

Helen Axton and George Davies at the first Repair Lab.
Helen Axton and George Davies at the first Repair Lab.

FOLLOWING a very successful first event in October, and just in time for the gift-giving season, Repair Lab will host a second session at the Vic Park MiniLab on December 2 to help locals acquire skills and confidence to repair their own broken items.

The first Repair Lab attracted around 20 volunteers and dozens of residents interested in giving broken items a new lease on life.

In total, 52 items went through the Lab on October 7.

Repair Lab co-founder Wilma Van Boxtel said they had a diversity of items repaired, from an umbrella to a vintage fan and a whipper-snipper.

“The best part was to see so many people interested in having their items repaired instead of disposed of”, she said.

Repair Lab is the first initiative of its kind in Perth, and it aims at changing the throw-away mindset and encouraging people to extend the useful life of stuff instead of buying more.

Ms Van Boxtel teamed up with Lathlain resident Flavia Pardini to organize Repair Lab as a one-off event but it was so successful they have decided to run another event.

The team is always looking for volunteers, and can be reached at or