Bower Reuse and Repair Goes Online

Bower Reuse and Repair Centres has been exploring new online avenues of educating and engaging
with the community, and the current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social isolation measures has
accelerated today’s launch of a series of new online services.


“Whilst developing a new website to reach out to a larger audience, Bower was rethinking what reuse
and repair engagement can look like”

Guido Verbist, General Manager

While our many hands-on furniture workshops and Repair Cafés are unable to operate during the
COVID-19 lockdown, thanks to the JobKeeper program we have been able to fast-track the creation
of entirely new online projects and improvement of existing programs without losing the capacity to
provide the same level of service.
With this, we are very proud to announce the following programs and developments:

  • REPAIRWORKS ONLINE
  • E TOOL LIBRARY
  • TINY HOUSE AUCTION
  • NEW WEBSITE


“With our new RepairWorks Online project we are producing short entertaining How To and
educational videos starring our own workshop staff, weekly Facebook Live sessions where people can
meet up to ask for advice, and 1 on 1 video consultations where we can talk to people directly about
their broken items or reuse ideas’’ says

Shane Orion Wiechnik – RepairWorks Online Project Manager


The first live information session will be happening on Saturday, May 9th from 11am to noon via
Facebook Live where our woodworking staff will be discussing their recommended basic tool kits and
answering questions from viewers.

Our new E-Tool Library is a great place to borrow electronic tools you need to do any home
maintenance or repair work. People can browse our collection of available tools and book them out
online. All items are sanitised and tested carefully between use.

Last year during our hands-on Tiny House Building course, a beautiful tiny house was created from
reclaimed materials. Thanks to our long standing partnership with Auction House Raffan Kelaher &
Thomas we will be able to host a live online auction of our new Tiny House on the 23rd of May.

The new website including a rebranding with a new logo are developed with the objective to share
practical reuse and repair tips and to promote buying refurbished and manufactured goods with a
wider and younger audience and to ultimately divert more goods from landfill.

“We are all very excited to be working to implement this new phase in how Bower can engage in waste
reduction, reuse, and repair.”

Guido Verbist – General Manager

For more information feel free to contact Guido Verbist (General
Manager) on 0459 999 110 or Shane Orion Wiechnik (Repairworks Online Manager) on 0448 798 955

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