Repair Cafe

Hot off the Press 24 August 2021

Eurobodalla’s Repair Café continues to serve community during lockdown 

During the NSW state-wide lockdown, Eurobodalla’s Repair Café, usually run on Friday mornings at the Red Door Hall in Page Street, is not operating.

However, the Repair Café’s enthusiastic volunteers are kindly making themselves available for your urgent repair needs. 

If you have an urgent repair, please contact Kathryn Maxwell, President, SHASA, on 0467 558 645. 

“We’ll do our utmost to have urgent repairs taken care of,” Kathryn said. “This week, we’ve already distributed 10 repaired items, via contactless drop-off, back to their happy owners. We look forward to seeing everyone back in person at the Repair Café on Friday mornings, once the lockdown is lifted.” 

The Repair Cafe is turning 1 on 27th August 2021 so The Tec Exec has kindly donated IT goodies to raffle.

When the Cafe reopens, come along, pick up a raffle ticket and you could be a winner!


When lockdown is over, you are invited to come along to the Repair Cafe held every Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm (winter hours) to the Red Door Hall, St Johns Way (off Page St), Moruya.

Bring your household items that need repairing such as: electrical goods, clothing, bicycles, and furniture. The Repair Cafe has added a Digital Skills Support Hub every week for anyone needing help with using their phones, tablets, and lap tops. There are also Educational Workshops offered by some of our volunteers to help you repair your own items too. A fabulous sewing machine workshop was held recently. Stay tuned for more workshops coming up.

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.

How do you fix wooden handled tools?

Mr Fix It on ABC Gardening Australia shows us how to fix wooden handled tools. Read all about it or watch the video.

Reducing Waste

The Sydney Morning Herald published an article on 13 June 2021 about “plastic straws and cutlery, lightweight plastic bags and microbeads in cosmetics being among the items that will be banished from NSW from next year under laws to curb the amount of rubbish going into oceans and landfill.

The writing is also on the wall for plastic cups, plates and the heavyweight plastic shopping bags common at Coles and Woolworths, with Environment Minister Matt Kean saying the government plans to phase out all single-use plastics by 2025 to stop 2.7 billion items from becoming litter”. Read more here.

Reduce E-waste by buying refurbished devices 

Reebelo is an online marketplace for sustainable technology providing access to affordable electronics.  They sell refurbished devices such as mobiles. The devices are tested and they have a 14 day return policy. E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste categories on the planet, so by buying second hand you are helping to reduce e-waste and saving yourself money.

The Eurobodalla Repair Cafe Story

Our First Repair Cafe was held on Friday 28 August 2020 at the Red Door Hall, Anglican Parish St John’s Way, Moruya. Since then, it has been held weekly (except for a break over Christmas).

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.

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 sort of items have been repaired so far?

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

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