News in brief: a Repair Cafe starts in Morisset; the campaign for more social housing; and solar technology warns of full garbage bins

REPAIRS: Rob Hanks.
REPAIRS: Rob Hanks.

MORISSET Uniting Church - the Church in the Trees - will host the inaugural Repair Cafe Lake Mac this Saturday, October 12. Reverend Rob Hanks said the cafe would be a free meeting place where participants were all about repairing things together. There will be help provided for sewing repairs, tool sharpening, and repairs to furniture, bicycles and all manner of gadgets. The cafe will operate from 10am to 1pm. Participants are invited to enjoy morning tea for a gold coin donation. Phone 0407 401833.

Campaign for 5000 extra homes

Thursday is World Homeless Day, and Vinnies NSW is calling for an urgent increase in social housing. More than 100,000 people are currently on the NSW social housing waitlist. Some people have been on the list for more than 10 years. So Vinnies has launched 'Build Homes, Build Hope', a new campaign calling on the state government to build an extra 5,000 social housing properties per year for the next decade, Vinnies' CEO Jack de Groot said.

Solar sensors warn of full bins

CENTRAL Coast Council has installed a new solar compaction bin and connected 46 new sensors to existing waste stations across The Entrance Town Centre.

The council said the new technology would allow the volume of waste bins to be effectively monitored, improving servicing schedules and helping to reduce litter.

"Cloud-based software provides real-time data on the volume of bins to any web-enabled device, with alerts set up for when bins are reaching capacity," the council's roads, transport, drainage and waste director, Boris Bolgoff, said.

"This will allow constant monitoring of bins during busier times of the year, helping to reduce the impacts of litter and improve planning as crews will already know which bins need to be emptied.

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