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Australia generates an enormous amount of waste every day, some of which gets recycled. However there's a large range of household rubbish that can't be recycled and is buried in landfill. The entertaining ABC TV program War on Waste graphically illustrates the challenges caused by these environmental issues, and helps us to find ways that we can live more sustainably.
At home, we can do a great deal to minimise our impact on the environment, and one way to is to minimise the amount of waste material that we create. Composting our food scraps in the garden is beneficial for the soil and reduces the need for the local council to transport waste away. But what about old household goods that are broken - is there anything that can be done for them?
Unley Repair Cafe is at Clarence Park Community Centre
Unley Repair Cafe is a new venture which is part of a worldwide network of repair cafes. Sponsored by Sustainable Communities SA, the Unley Repair Cafe is a sister venture to the recently opened Adelaide Repair Cafe, and also received funding from the Fund My Neighbourhood grants. It is located in the Clarence Park Community Centre on East Avenue at Clarence Park.
The aim of the repair cafe is to help people use their possessions longer by fixing them if they have broken. To do that they will attract local volunteers with a wide variety of skills, and encourage people in the community to bring in their much loved broken goodies. Perhaps you have a chair that you can't use because it has a wobbly leg, an antique clock that has stopped, a treasured child's toy that needs to be fixed, or even a unique computer controlled tape recorder from the 1980's that no longer works. Depending on the skills of available volunteers, the lovely people at Unley Repair Cafe will do their best to fix your treasure for you free of charge.
At this new repair cafe organisers not only hope to repair things. It's important to share knowledge, skills, and cups of tea. To reduce landfill, save money, make friends and create a sense of community. How can you possibly resist this fantastic idea?
The services provided by the repair cafe volunteers are free, but of course, they would be delighted if you could make a donation to cover the cost of materials, and hopefully help the next person's broken things get fixed. The volunteers come from other local community groups including mens' sheds, but if you have any skills and are willing to help, please do get in touch with the organisers.
Children are welcome to come along with an adult, help with repairs, learn new skills, and get involved in however they please. There is an area with books, and activities for kids including knitting and sewing.
Tea, coffee and a selection of homemade treats are available to have for a gold coin donation. The Clarence Park Community Centre Food Co-op will be operating at the same time and have a produce swap table while the repair cafe is open.
Unley Repair Cafe is open from 9:30am until 12:30pm on the last Saturday of every month, beginning in April 2018 and running for 12 months. You can find out what's happening at this fantastic new community service by following them on Facebook. There is also a brief web page.
Unley Repair Cafe Can Give a Hand With Bike Repairs
Why not come down one Saturday morning and see what the Unley Repair Cafe is doing for the local community? It's a great way to meet new people, and you might even be tempted to help out yourself - or bring in a broken household treasure to be fixed.