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Little explorers learn about the three R’s of the environment

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Building worm farms, feeding chickens, gardening, art, craft, songs and games; that’s what a morning is like for children at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living.

Located in Mount Annan the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL) provides a fun and relaxed place for locals to learn how to live more sustainably, through education around the three R’s of the environment: reduce, re-use and recycle.

Now thanks to a $5000 grant by waste management and recycling company SITA Australia, MCSL has expanded their Little Explorer playgroups to educate more children on sustainable living practices.

MCSL Centre Coordinator, Helen Byfield-Fleming, said more than 30 parents and children visit the centre each week with growing interest in attending the Little Explorers playgroup.

“With the support of SITA we are able to provide an additional two hours of gardening, nature, and art every week,” Helen said.

“Children will learn about the natural environment from understanding how a worm farm works, to feeding chickens and gardening,” Ms Byfield-Fleming said.

SITA’s Network Flows Manager, Bob Stechiwskyj, presented the $5,000 cheque to the centre at an event on Thursday 14 August.

“SITA has a long history in the local area and we’re pleased to be able to support the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living,” Mr Stechiwskyj said.

“The centre is a fantastic organisation where visitors, young and old, can develop their own knowledge and understanding of sustainable living,” he said.

Ms Byfield-Fleming added: “The learning is not just for the children. Parents are encouraged to get involved and support their family in making sustainable living choices. We also share ideas on how to create interactive play time for kids using recycled materials.”

For more information on the playgroups available, visit the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living’s website at  

August 15, 2014  |  SUEZ Community Grants

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