Repair is an essential strategy in reducing landfill, and the Bower is doing our bit to keep the skills of repairing alive.
What is a Repair Cafe?
A repair cafe is a place where skilled repairers meet non-repairers to teach them skills to fix things. Repair Cafes originated in Europe, and the Bower was the first to bring this concept to Australia. To come to one of our repair cafes, you need to bring your broken item and we’ll put you on the path to fixing them. Please note this is a free advice service, not a guaranteed repair. Come along, have a cuppa and our skilled repairers and volunteers will do their best to help. Generally we are only able to look at one item per person.
Items: Small electronics, wood furniture and bikes. Please note we are unable to repair microwaves or large whitegoods within the timeframe of a Repair Cafe.
When: We run regular Repair Cafes around Sydney – list provided below.
Electrical Repair Cafe @ BANGA
When: Every Wednesday,1-4PM & Every last Saturday of the month,10AM-12Noon
Cost: donation (suggested $5-$10 per item)
Where: Banga Community Shed, 3 Joynton Avenue Zetland (or Green Square)
(Access is via Portman Street, Zetland. Head to 130 Portman Street and walk towards an open space where a playground is. Banga will be behind the playground, it is the building with the sloping roof and public toilets next to it. Free parking is available in nearby streets.)
Bookings: Not necessary
Furniture Repair Cafe @ Redfern
When: Every Wednesday, 1-4 PM
Where: 107 Redfern St Redfern
(Entry via Turner Lane at the rear of the building)
Bookings: Not necessary
Furniture & Electrical Cafes @ Parramatta
When: Last Saturday of the month, 10AM – 12Noon
Where: The Bower Parramatta, 10 Hunter Street,Parramatta 2150
Bookings: Necessary – click here to book and please let us know what you are bringing. We can help with both electrical items and furniture.
Please note that parking on Hunter Street is free for fifteen minutes only, so you can bring your item in quickly to see if it can be fixed. If so, you can park in the Justice Precinct Car Park for $3 an hour on Saturdays. Please also note that bike repair is not available at Parramatta.
PAID REPAIR SERVICES
We also provide repair services. This service allows you to drop your item off and have it repaired by the Bower for a fee. If you have wood furniture you’d like us to fix, click through to our Woodworks page. If you have electrical items you’d like us to fix, please contact our electrical team on firstname.lastname@example.org. Electrical repairs are done at our Green Square location, >Banga Community Shed.
If you’re interested in working independently on a repair project, with supervision from a skilled woodworker, consider our Rent-a-Bench scheme. Click through for more information on Rent-a-Bench and the Bower’s Woodworks.