Bega Valley Repair Cafe gives the broken and busted a second chance

Ian Campbell18 November 2019
David Neyle, Dörte and Martin Planert at the Bega Valley Repair Cafe. Photo: Ian Campbell.

David Neyle, Dörte and Martin Planert at the Bega Valley Repair Cafe. Photo: Ian Campbell.

Forget the tip – the Bega Valley now has a place where much loved but broken and busted appliances get a second chance.

Bega Valley Repair Cafe is a not-for-profit community initiative with the purpose of repairing items rather than seeing them go into landfill.

“It also provides a social connection for people as they learn how to repair everyday items for themself,” says volunteer electronics fixer David Neyle.

“We tend to live in a very consumer-driven society these days, things are seen as being cheap and disposable, we argue that they can actually be fixed.

“We’ve got a team of volunteer enthusiasts with different skills and we give it a red hot go to keep this stuff out of landfill.”

As I chat to David he has three projects on the go – a broken turntable, a busted food processor and an antique lamp that is blown out.

“The food processor belongs to a lady who says she’s had it for many years and has a real connection to it, she doesn’t want to buy a new one – she wants her old faithful,” David explains.

“I get a real buzz when I get something going that I know would otherwise be treated as junk.

“CD players are a good example at the moment, there are a whole lot of CD players that are hitting that 20-year mark and people come in and say – it can’t read the disk any longer.

“It turns out the lasers inside them wear out over time. Believe it or not, those laser heads cost me about $15 to buy on eBay and that’s the cost of the repair for something that otherwise would have been thrown out.”

The Bega Valley Repair Cafe runs every Friday between 10 am and 2 pm in the Bega Youth Space on Gipps Street, next to the Court House, opposite Target. Patrons are asked to cover the cost of parts and make a small donation if their item is fixed.

“Don’t feel like you’ve got something that nobody would know how to fix, bring it in and if we don’t know how to repair it we’ll often know how it can be repaired,” David says.

“More often than not we’ll find a solution to whatever it is that you’ve got that’s broken.”

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LIVE at the launch of the Bega Valley Repair Cafe. Open Friday's 10 am to 2 pm in the Bega Youth Space on Gipps Street, opposite Target next to the courthouse.

Posted by About Regional on Thursday, 14 November 2019

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25 Responses to Bega Valley Repair Cafe gives the broken and busted a second chance

Heather Compton 8:10 am 13 Jul 20

Hi all is there a repair café in Moruya or Batemans Bay?

Smilie Magill 8:10 pm 29 Apr 20

Hi David,
I found you via SHASA they want to do a similar thing in Moruya, great idea. I am with the Narooma Mens Shed and we do the same thing, more furniture repairs and metalwork. Anyhow I have a large Akai cassett player / recorder, bit sentimental, it was my cousin’s, he passed away last year. We grew up together as kids. I have also kept my collection of cassetts. Can I interest you in haveing a go ?
Cheers Smilie Magill. 0447264177 Central Tilba
PS I have just finished restoring a Suzuki LJ80 jeep. it has been a journey (12 months) but I know a lot more about cars, tremendous satisfaction.

bhagya 9:47 am 22 Nov 19

I’ll be checking this out for sure.
Wonder if they have a 3D printer…

Lynda Ord 5:06 pm 21 Nov 19

What a great idea! Sometimes we just replace things because we can’t get them repaired.

carmen 7:29 am 21 Nov 19

Great work peoples…

Jann McNeil Jann McNeil 6:39 pm 20 Nov 19

How marvellous 👏

Magella Blink Magella Blink 11:01 am 20 Nov 19

Yaaaaaay!!!!! <3

Jacqui Bell Jacqui Bell 4:36 pm 19 Nov 19

Fantastic idea. It will really help our landfill.

Nigel Ayling Nigel Ayling 10:45 pm 18 Nov 19

What an awesome idea.

Leonie Johnston Leonie Johnston 9:54 pm 18 Nov 19

Fantastic love this idear

Jeanette Atkins Jeanette Atkins 8:26 pm 18 Nov 19

My Dyson doesn’t suck as well as it should... can you help me with that? 😊

Jackie Smith Jackie Smith 4:53 pm 18 Nov 19

Karen Beck, this could be useful.

Jeanie Leser Jeanie Leser 4:51 pm 18 Nov 19

Fantastic. When are you open, I'd love to help.

Marg Kermode Marg Kermode 1:18 pm 18 Nov 19

Fabulous initiative!

Ben Marden Ben Marden 11:32 am 18 Nov 19

Awesome work!

Maureen Searson Maureen Searson 10:40 am 18 Nov 19

What a great idea to reduce waste and develop social connections.👏

Angela George Angela George 9:59 am 18 Nov 19

Fiona Campbell this is another one to add to our "Eden Needs" list :)

Melanie Clare Melanie Clare 9:04 am 18 Nov 19

Erin Clare a good read

Gail Hayes Gail Hayes 8:46 am 18 Nov 19

Fantastic..what a brilliant idea.

Donald McDowell Donald McDowell 8:23 am 18 Nov 19

Can you have a go at an almost-new battery-powered brad nail gun? Just finished cladding my bedroom but still need a few more hours work yet to be done with it.

    Jane Burton Jane Burton 9:22 am 18 Nov 19

    Bring it in on Friday. They will have a look and let you know. No harm in trying.

    Donald McDowell Donald McDowell 10:59 am 18 Nov 19

    Jane Burton Will do if I can get up there. Thanks ...