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Newy Share Shop


Address:  Shop 21a, Market Square, 11 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Hours: By appointment
Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group
Launched: 18 August 2015
Closed: 17 November 2015

Belinda Leck
m: 0431 853 841
e: [email protected]

Who are you?
Kris Leck, Belinda Leck, Jodi O’Connor, Raz O’Connor and Steve Wendtman

Kris Leck (Founder and President of The Share Shop) owns and operates a Project and Development Management Consultancy in Newcastle, Catalyst Project Consulting. Kris is also a Board Member of Newcastle NOW and Renew Newcastle. He is Sergeant at Arms and Past President of Newcastle Business Club, and co-owner of Jimmy Figg’s Bare-knuckle Barber. Kris likes whisky and fishing.

Belinda Leck (Share Shop Secretary and Public Officer) is co-owner and Manager of Jimmy Figg’s Bare-knuckle Barber. Prior to starting the Barbershop, Belinda has held management roles in Human Resources and Learning and Development in organisations such as Greater Building Society, Hunter Water, United Group Rail, Life Without Barriers and The Commonwealth Bank. Belinda likes reading and maltesers.

Jodi (Vice President of The Share Shop) and Raz O’Connor collectively known as Made by Ronnoco who are a creative design studio, specialising in brand identity, web design and print design. With over 40 years combined experience in print and digital communication, brand development, publishing and project management, they help clients to understand their core values, articulate their brand vision and develop effective creative solutions. Jodi likes wasabi peas and the colour purple. Raz likes odd socks and skydiving.

Steve Wendtman (Treasurer of The Share Shop) is currently a Law Clerk with Carrol & O’Dea and is nearing completion of his law degree. Steve has a working history in business development and sales management with companies such as Tyco, Rams Home Loans, Bard Australia and Hunter Signs. Steve likes renovating and bow ties.

What are you doing in your space?
We are starting The Share Shop – A Library of Things.

How much of your house is full of items that you don’t need? How many times have you bought something to use only once? Yup, us too. That’s exactly why we created The Share Shop – A Library of Things. It’s a way to help you spend less on things you don’t need, to reduce waste and stop useful things ending up as landfill.

It’s just like a normal library but instead of books and CDs, it’s a collection of all sorts of things that you can borrow. Instead of buying something new and using it once, borrow it instead.

Borrowing from the Share Shop is as easy as becoming a member. Simply complete the Membership Agreement and bring it in, along with two forms of ID. Once a member you can borrow any item from the library, for a period of 7 days. While membership and borrowing is completely free, we invite you to make a small, completely voluntary donation to contribute to maintenance of items and running costs.

Let us know if you are after something that we don’t currently have and we can add it to the Wishlist.

How can you get involved?

Donate Money
The Share Shop is a community resource. For it to be sustainable, we invite you to make a donation. All money goes towards maintaining the items and other running costs.

Donate items
We’d love it if you have useful, good quality items to share with our community. Either drop it off when you are in store, or contact us to arrange another time . Please be aware that we can only accept items that are in working condition.

Donate time
Join in the fun! If you’d like to donate your time, we’d love to have you.
There are a number of ways to volunteer as part of the community:
-Volunteer a regular shift to help out in the Share Shop
-Repair donated items
-Conduct skill sharing workshops for our members
-Spread the word!