Our response to COVID-19

What's on at the Tinkerage

The Tinkerage is limited to 10 participants due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Our reopening depends on COVID-19 infection rates in the Shellharbour area remaining stable.
When we reopen we will focus on:
• Personal and workplace hygiene
• Increased cleaning regimes and
• Staff and participants adhering to social distancing requirements

To book a spot in The Tinkerage Friday sessions please email us here 

@ Dunmore Recycling and Waste Disposal Depot, 44 Buckleys Road, DUNMORE NSW 2529

Saturday Fix-it

Saturday fix it dunmore tinkerage 

Saturday 25th July, 10am to 3pm
Teacher: Anita Larkin

Can’t get to The Tinkerage on Fridays? Try out the Tinkerage in this Saturday workshop. Bring along any item that you would like to repair, revamp, or upcycle in some way. We will work out solutions together and use various skills such as riveting, drilling, screwing, gluing, and whatever else we might need to save that thing from landfill, or give you ideas on how to give it a new life. Bring some things you would like to ask advice on or have a go at repairing.

BYO: safety glasses, ear protection and gloves. Please note we do not have welding facilities and cannot repair electrical items. You must wear enclosed protective shoes to The Tinkerage.

Creative Mending of Clothing

Creative mending clothing dunmore tinkerage

Saturday 15th August, 10am to 3pm
Teacher: Michele Elliot 

Use creative ways of repairing tears and holes in a preloved item of clothing. Using the kantha technique of hand stitch combined with patching, you can recycle clothing as well as fabric scraps to breath new life into your clothes. Join the creative mending revolution!
BYO: clothes to repair, cotton embroidery thread (stranded), fabric for patching, scissors and embroidery needles. You must wear enclosed
protective shoes. 

Repair and Make Jewellery from Broken Things


Saturday 12th September, 10am to 3pm
Teacher: Magdalena Pillai

Magdalena will teach you how to repair/upcycle your broken
jewellery. Don’t throw it out! Learn how to form links, hooks,
secure beading, and cold forging.

BYO: Safety glasses, ear protection, protective gloves, and any jewellery you would like to find out how to repair. You must wear enclosed protective shoes to The Tinkerage.

Fabric Painting



Saturday 24th October, 10am to 3pm
Teacher: Janine Bailey

Recycle your fabrics by printing onto them with new funky
designs. Revamp things such as cushion covers, tote bags,
pillowcases, aprons, tea-towels and table cloths. Catriona will
teach printing images with fabric paints onto cotton and linen
in creative ways to upcycle your textile items.

BYO: Cushion covers, tote bags, pillowcases, aprons,
tea-towels and table cloths, or fabric to print onto.
Also bring your own apron. You must wear enclosed
protective shoes to The Tinkerage


Native Bee Hotels

native bee hotel workshop

Saturday 14th November, 10am to 3pm

Teacher: Shellharbour City Council’s Environment Officer

Find out about the many kinds of wild native solitary bees (not honey producing) in your garden. Using recycled materials, PVC pipe and salvaged wood, this workshop will teach you how to make a little home to encourage these little pollinators into your garden. 

BYO:  safety glasses, ear protection, protective gloves and secateurs. You must wear enclosed protective shoes. 

Beginners Upholstery

beginners upholstery workshop dunmore

Saturday 5th December, 10am to 3pm

Teacher: Janine Bailey

Learn the basics of upholstery by upcycling milk crates and materials into a funky crate seat.

BYO: scissors, a staple gun (+8mm staples), a small flat screwdriver or staple remover, a Stanley knife, cotton/thread and sewing machine if you have one (we can share the machines). You must wear enclosed protective shoes.


Bike Service & Maintenance

bike maintenance workshop dunmore

Saturday 9th January, 10am to 3pm

Teacher: Simon Lindley

Bring your bike in and Simon will service it, and teach you how to do it yourself. Don’t throw it out, learn how to fix and maintain it. Learn how to tune gears, adjust brakes, repair punctured tubes, grease bearings and straighten wheels.

BYO: Bike.You must wear enclosed protective shoes. 

Mosaic a Pot or Paver

Saturday 13th February, 10am to 3pm

Teacher: Anita Larkin

Mosaic is a creative way to reuse tiles and crockery.  Using colourful tiles to create your own patterns in a pot of a paver, you will create beautiful functional art for your home and garden. 

BYO: Safety goggles, gloves, and wear enclosed shoes. You must wear enclosed protective shoes. 


The Tinkerage workshops are FREE for residents living in the Shellharbour City Council area. For non-Shellharbour residents $40 fee applies.

To register contact Dunmore Revolve or The Tinkerage

Email: [email protected]

Phone: Dunmore Revolve 02 4237 5193

Or register in person: at Dunmore Revolve Shop or The Tinkerage

Please note participants must be over 16 years old.

Did you see us in the news?

“Tinkerage members source most of their materials from the adjoining Dunmore Revolve, a spotless and immaculately organised recycling facility, where you can pick up furniture, doors, china, glass and countless preloved and discarded objects for next to nothing. Some are chipped or damaged, others are simply waiting for a second chance. Rusted birdcages become plant holders. A dog kennel gets a door and becomes a storage unit for garden tools. A set of tea strainers and spoons gets added to cut metal piping and voila – a wind chime. Ideas and inspiration often come from Pinterest and Instagram. “The beauty of it is, you are not trying to make anything perfect,” says one tinkerer. “The satisfaction comes from upcycling.”
Thanks to the Guardian for the feature on our Shellharbour/ Dunmore facility.” Source: The Guardian

Check out the full “The Guardian” article here

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