Kinglake's tool library

We’d like to introduce you to Deborah Worsley-Pine, a local rocking the share economy in her community.

Deborah has been project manager for the Kinglake Lions Community Tool Library for nearly ten years now, starting just after the Black Saturday fires of 2009. The Tool Library runs on the same principles as a book library, but it lends out tools instead of books! It's great for people who do occasional home improvement, garden or DIY projects but don’t want to buy a tool they might only use once. It’s cheaper than conventional commercial tool-hire, and it’s a lot closer too. Deborah sums it up when she says,

“The Tool Library is all about our community doing it for ourselves. While there is the convenience of not having to leave the mountain, and the economic benefits of cheaper tools for hire, the library as a social venture shows that we as a community can address our issues and solve them neatly.”

Deborah wears many hats, and they are all labeled “cares about local community”. She has experience working in university, community, and Government contexts and has been a tutor at university in Women’s Studies. She is also a qualified carpenter and has taught property maintenance and power tool classes at Sydney Community College over a period of five years.

Managing the Tool Library is a labour of love for Deborah and is an opportunity to draw on her carpentry background. Although she has a Certificate 4 in Small Business (among other qualifications) which she plans to draw on, she realises that she needs help to grow the Tool Library and to improve its services.

“I want to improve the Kinglake Tool Library’s services to our community. I think our resource could be more proactive, and the Social Change 101 program will help me understand how I can go about that.”

In the months to come, Social Change 101 will help train Deborah so she feels ready to expand the Library with confidence. Through the program, she will have the opportunity to pick the brains of business, marketing and community experts, lawyers, funding and financial specialists and to learn how to plan her next steps.

With Social Change 101’s help, Deborah will return to the Library not only full of ideas to improve it but also with the means to realise them.

Tammy AtkinsComment