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Beginners’ Bike Maintenance Workshop

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on October 24th, 2012

27 October , 2012
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Sat 27 October, 2pm
St Kilda Foreshore Bikepath, on the foreshore outside of SeaBaths

Get your pushie in gear and become more confident tinkering with your  clean, green machine.  This workshop will equip you with the basics to keep your bike in good repair.

Learn how to ”fix it yourself”.

Content will cover:

  • getting the right seat height
  • fixing punctures and fitting tubes
  • bike chain maintenance
  • fine tuning gears

$10 person. Bookings and pre-payment essential.

Enquiries and bookings: 9534 0670 /
Venue: St Kilda Foreshore bikepath, outside Seabaths

If it’s broke – Fix it!

Posted in Events, Movements, Seeking by ecoApril on January 17th, 2012

19 February , 2012
11:00 amto3:00 pm

Photo from the 2011 Repair Workshop by Fernando De Sousa


A free, friendly workshop to repair (or reimagine) broken household items will be staged for this year’s Sustainable Living Festival at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Collaborative Fix it! repair sessions are hosted by community members who believe there are better options than sending broken objects on a one-way ticket to landfill.  Fix it! was founded by locals April Seymore, Renae Crosthwaite and Chandra Sundareswaran with the support of Sustainability Victoria and Metropolitan Waste Management Group. The friends want to share skills and build public confidence for repairing items that otherwise literally go to waste.

“We hear so much about our current ‘throw away society’ and we want to change that thought process,” said April.  “Part of the Fix it! philosophy is to inspire participants to host fixing get-togethers in future. So while we will repair items at the Festival at no charge, we will also demonstrate how repair is achievable, affordable and help everyone feel capable.  Helping people hem their garment or gain the self-assurance to repair a basic electrical item could make a huge difference to the amount and types of things that are clogging up landfill, dumped on nature strips, or donated broken to Op Shops who don’t have repair capacity.”

Recent repair, creating and upcycling events in Melbourne have met with enormous success. Artists and technicians at the July 2011 Repair Workshops rescued 3 tonnes from landfill, and this year’s Mini Maker Faire® sold out tickets almost immediately.  Repair novices and gurus alike are welcome to drop into the festival workshop to sample repair projects. To BYO project, register your lamp, clothing, or woodworking repair request via email. Or simply share your fixing photos or questions with the Fix it! team via Facebook (Fix It Community) or Twitter (@FixItMelbourne).

There will be three themed Fix it! areas: Stitches—focusing on textiles; Switches—examining electrical appliances; and Splinters—woodworking with hand tools.

Get Involved: Fix it! is looking for skilled volunteers (Fixers) to assist in each of the focus areas at the Sustainable Living Festival. If you can lend a hand in the stitches, switches or splinters areas contact the team at

The Sustainable Living Festival runs from 11-26 February, with Fix it! held from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm on Sunday the 19th at Federation Square in the city.

For further information and photo opportunities email

Toaster Rescue: Repair Workshops in Review

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on August 15th, 2011

Source: InDesign Live

From “State of Good Repair” by Alice Blackwood :

There was a sense of excitement, and perhaps just a hint of exhaustion, at the launch and auctioning off of the many re-found and re-purposed treasures created during The Repair Workshops last week [end of July]. Held as part of the State of Design Festival, The Repair Workshops saw 3 tonnes of salvaged rubbish – bike frames, broken televisions, bed frames, soft toys, instruments and more – brought down into the long yellow-lit corridors of the basement at Donkey Wheel House. For 3 days (and probably nights!) a team of ingenious designers, artists, scientists and amazingly inventive creatives worked away, hobbling together everything from vegetable colanders to record player parts, fashioning real, live working objects: lights, talking television sets, motorbike helmet speaker systems, rejuvenated dining room chairs, cutlery sets… the list goes on. The auction event went off without a hitch, with enthusiastic participants vying for their own unique piece of trash-turned-treasure.

“We raised over $2,000 for Environment Victoria and saved hundreds of dollars in landfill fees for the Brotherhood and Vinnies,” reports Co-Organiser Leyla Acaroglu. Of the pieces hard won: “I bid fiercely for 2 restored chairs and I won! They are now sitting proudly at my dining table – a testament to repair and creativity!”

It was overall, a huge project, with the workshops opening to the public over the weekend just passed. “The response from the public was amazing!” says Leyla. “We had over 500 people come through and did over 75 repairs. “People would come in and tell us about their umbrella/hair straighter/ toaster/play station control/iPod/stereo, and how they didn’t want to have to throw it out.” In most cases they would leave with a fully repaired item. “Many people just came along to visit and asked if we would be there every week as they wanted to come back. In short, the project as both a new and educative venture was “a raving success”. “We engaged lots of people with repair and value in products and we saved lots of things from landfill.”

Check out all the photos online at The Repair Workshops blog and Facebook page.

Read the full article by Alice Blackwood on In Design Live

The Repair Workshops

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 10th, 2011

30 July , 2011
10:00 amto5:00 pm
31 July , 2011
10:00 amto5:00 pm
Source: Ecoinnovators 

The Repair Workshops

Unsure what to do with that broken stereo? Those one-armed sunglasses, or that conked-out iPod? Well it’s time to clean out your cupboards, get creative and do your bit for the environment at the same time. Register for a free repair session at the exciting Repair Workshops, part of this year’s State of Design Festival in July.

The Repair Workshops is a creative, interactive exploration into the idea of repair. Guided by professional artists, designers and engineers, people are invited to bring along broken items to repair and re-imagine.

The project aims to reveal why so many products are not designed to last, and help us to recover the lost art of repair.

Mountains of broken objects have already been saved from landfill to be repaired and re-imagined by our inhouse repair experts: Dylan Martorell, Lizzy Sampson, Tim Denshire-Key, Yvette King, Will Campbell, Scott Mitchell, Dr Gregory Crocetti and Jason Bond. We’ll spend a few days tinkering away behind locked doors before we open up to the public on the 30th and 31st July. Their weird and wonderful creations will be exhibited and auctioned off during the festival, with all proceeds going to Environment Victoria.

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July 2011
Basement of the historic Donkeywheel House, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free!
Opening times: 10am–5pm both days

Register to repair: