Repair Cafe

Our First Repair Cafe was held on Friday 28 August 2020 at the Red Door Hall, Anglican Parish St John’s Way, Moruya. After a very successful few months, our volunteer repairers are now having a well earned break. The Repair Cafe is now closed and will be opening again on Friday 5 February 2021. See you all then.

However if your bike needs a spruce up in the meantime, Angus and the team are offering the following:

Need some advice on how to make a minor repair? We are here to help so drop into the shop, we’ll probably have the part or tool you need in stock. Guaranteed we have the knowledge to help you and the time to give you a hand as our whole team will be working though the holiday season.

We also know how busy everyone is this time of the year so if you want us to take care of the repair know that most of the time we can make minor repairs while you wait. Plan ahead as we will be closed for four days from the 25th through until the 28th of December.

There is an exciting change coming in 2021, starting 1st of February we will be getting out riding with our customers more. We will be on the trails with you in the morning which means our weekday hours will be 10am to 5pm.

Be safe and have fun,

The Moruya Bicycles Team

Repair Cafe and SHASA volunteer Valerie Faber said “The Repair Cafe assists in seeing our possessions in a new light and appreciating their value. By repairing household items we extend their life and can save them from landfill and ultimately save money. It also shows people how repairing their broken items can be fun, as well as rewarding, because they will gain valuable practical knowledge that they can use to fix other things around the house.”

“SHASA would like to thank Dave Neyle from the Bega Valley Repair Cafe for his advice and support and also the Repair Cafe Netherlands Foundation which has helped Repair Cafes to get started all over the world. The Eurobodalla Repair Cafe will be the 43rd repair Cafe in Australia ” said Kathryn Maxwell, President, SHASA.

When the Repair Cafe reopens in February 2021, members of the community are invited to come along and bring household items that need repairing such as: small electrical goods, clothing, and furniture.

There is a three step process of assessment:
Step 1 – Assess whether an item is repairable;
Step 2 – Identify whether the item can be repaired by the Repair Café
Step 3 – Advise of alternative local repair options if the Repair Café is unable to repair the item

The Eurobodalla Repair Café also provides an opportunity for members of the community to drop in and network with other people, thereby enhancing general well-being and promoting recovery in the wake of the recent bushfires and Covid-19 pandemic.

A Case Study: Single Use? – No way with Repair Cafe

When packing for a holiday some months ago, we forgot to include the pepper grinder! So we ducked into a supermarket near the cabin where we were staying and bought a jar of peppercorns with an inbuilt grinder. Months later when the peppercorns were used up we discovered we couldn’t open the jar and replace the peppercorns. It had been made to be single use only but was still in great condition and an excellent grinder.

To the rescue came Moruya’s recently opened Repair Café at the Red Door!! My partner took it around to the gang of skilled lateral thinkers there on a Friday morning and hey presto a way was found to open the jar and replace the peppercorns.

After some discussion the repairers decided to gently heat the plastic top and the expansion allowed the top to turn and open the jar. It was a high risk strategy but without the attempt the grinder would have just been thrown away or at best the glass recycled.


What has been repaired so far?

The following gallery shows various other repairs in action. Your repair stories are welcomed too.

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