Free ‘Fix It’ workshops on offer at Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre

Fix It workshops are a collaboration between Bellingen Shire Council and MidWaste.

FREE ‘Fix It’ workshops are running on Saturday afternoons on 25 March and 1 April between 12.30 – 3.30pm at The Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre, 146 Short Cut Rd, Raleigh.

Space is limited meaning bookings are essential.

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Repairing stuff around the house instead of binning it is a growing trend that is supported locally through a partnership between MidWaste and Bellingen Shire Council with their Fix It program.

Building on their past success, the free workshops teach simple practical bike repair and maintenance skills so you can keep your bike running smoothly and safely or learn how to do your own clothing repairs and give new life to a pre-loved item.

“These are fun, interactive workshops,” Wendy Grant, MidWaste Project Officer told News Of The Area.

The workshops show participants easy repair and maintenance skills enabling them to reduce their resource use by giving items a second life and reducing the need to go and buy a new replacement.

“Reducing our waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill, it also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Wendy.

Sam Tate, Waste Management Coordinator at Bellingen Shire Council said, “Repairs and basic maintenance skills can help the community to divert items from landfill by developing practical knowledge to reduce our collective impact on the environment.”

The Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre in Raleigh aims to reduce the amount of waste entering landfill by reclaiming household items for reuse, repair and resale at affordable prices and encouraging the local community to engage in repurposing of preloved goods.

Bike repairs and maintenance feature in the workshop on Saturday 25 March at 12.30 – 3.30pm.

Learn about checking, adjusting and replacing brake pads, repairing and replacing a tube/tyre, basic bike safety and maintenance and more.

Participants may bring their bike along for handy hints and tips on the day.

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The following Saturday, 1 April teaches clothing repairs and upcycling.

Learn simple clothing repairs and easy upcycling ideas to reimagine and/or repair old clothes.

There will be demonstrations on sewing on buttons, fixing hems and tears along with easy upcycling ideas.

Participants can bring along items for ideas to work on during the workshop.

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The Bowerhouse is full of bits and pieces fit for repair jobs galore.

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