Repair Cafe

Hugh Kearney
Hugh Kearney

“If it can’t be reused, repaired, reduced, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.”

– Pete Seeger

The Repair Café Tamborine Mountain that operates in the TMCCA Shed down the driveway at 42, Southport Avenue, Eagle Heights is fully functioning and can assist you repair, rebuild, refinish, refurbish your favourite piece of furniture/ wooden object, handbag, bicycle, clothing/textile/ beads, even sharpen your knives/secateurs… for a donation of your choice.

The concept of the Repair Café was initiated in the Netherlands in 2009 by Martine Postma, an Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist. She hit on the idea of setting up low-key meeting places nationwide where neighbours could repair their broken items themselves supported by specialists and in a relaxed atmosphere. This concept aims at bringing back repairing into local society in a modern way; maintaining repair work expertise and sharing it with others; promoting social cohesion in the local community by connecting neighbours with each other, through an inspiring, low-key, creative and constructive activity.

Funding to start this initiative was provided by successful grant applications through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund which funded a new shed/workshop to operate from and the Federal Government Stronger Communities Program which has funded fit out of the shed with workbenches and storage facilities. To enable volunteers to carry out repairs, we would happily accept your donations of any surplus or unused tools in your shed.                                                                                                                    

If it’s broke, we can fix it,

So, there’s no need to nix it.

If it’s something you value – however old, 

We are known to work many miracles untold.

Our aim is to extend its use,

No matter how different or obtuse. 

So, bring in your things from indoors, outdoors or anywhere,

For our experts can repair… they really do care!  

Repair Café Tamborine Mountain is always looking out for local residents with different skills who may wish to volunteer as Repair Experts. 

Open on: Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am to 12:30 pm. 

Interested in signing up as a TM Repair Café volunteer?

Email:   Call 5545 4968 – Geoff or Patricia.