A NEW tool library designed to foster connection and provide a low-cost alternative to buying expensive tools or paying for repairs is now open for all local community members.
The first of its kind in Tasmania, the Clarence Plains Tool Library is a Mission Australia Initiative, hosted by Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre and the Clarence Plains Community Shed.
The idea for a tool library came out of ‘Home Handy’ workshops run by Mission Australia, which teach people how to do repairs around the home.
There was good attendance at the workshops, but organisers noticed people did not have the tools they needed.
“The Tool Library will allow everyone to have access to the things they need to look after their home, mow the lawn, trim hedges, do repairs or paint a wall,” Mission Australia Tasmania Community Development Manager Stephen Dimsey said.
“People through Clarence Plains want to keep a tidy home but cannot afford the equipment to do so, for many reasons.
“When conducting inspections of social homes, we sometimes noticed damage to property that the tenants could fixed easily.
“Rather than billing the tenants for repairs, this is a great way to make sure the tenant has everything they need to undertake the repairs themselves.
“Hosting the Tool Library will help build more relationships with community as people drop in to collect and return tools.
“A small yearly fee will go towards the neighbourhood centre raising much-needed funds or adding to the content of the library.
“This fee entitles the person to hire any tools they need to keep their home looking good.”
Yearly membership to the library is $25 per year for someone in social housing or on a pension and $60 for someone earning a wage.