Circular Economy

Taking sustainable living al fresco

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL) has secured a $9920 grant from resource management company SUEZ to create technology-enhanced indoor and outdoor education spaces.

The Smarter Macarthur project is a key initiative in the centre’s strategy to promote the use of sustainable technology and living practices among residents in the region.

MCSL Manager, Helen Byfield-Fleming said that the organisation was excited to have been successful in obtaining the grant.

“It will enable us to purchase outdoor furniture made in Australia from recycled soft plastics, a laptop, projector and portable whiteboard so we can run outdoor sustainability and waste management workshops and offer film nights for students and community groups,” Ms Byfield-Fleming explained.

MCSL has been running sustainability workshops for many years with the support of Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly Councils, with more than 3,000 adults, school students and pre-schoolers taking part each year.

 “We are always looking for ways to improve our programs to increase community knowledge of sustainability, waste management and recycling practices,” said Ms Byfield-Fleming.

“The SUEZ Community Grant will enable us to inspire even more people in the Macarthur region to become smarter about reducing waste going to landfill, oceans and waterways and to adopt more sustainable living practices.”

 SUEZ SCG18 MCSL cheque

SUEZ Compliance Manager for NSW, Kelly Gee presenting the SUEZ Community Grants cheque to MCSL Manager Helen Byfield-Fleming and Mayor of Camden, Councillor Peter Sidgreaves

Kelly Gee, Compliance Manager at SUEZ presented the cheque to MCSL Manager, Helen Byfield-Fleming, on 17 April 2019 at a special ceremony held at the centre.

 “The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living does great work in inspiring and educating the local community in the many ways we can all take better care of our planet and reduce our environmental impact,” said Ms Gee.

“With the region’s significant population growth comes increased waste volumes, and the project offers a fantastic opportunity to engage more people and create a community groundswell for positive change.”

MCSL estimates that more than 2,000 participants of all ages will take part in the Smarter Macarthur workshops.

Now in its fifth year, the SUEZ Community Grants program has donated more than $740,000 in funding to community organisations and projects across Australia that help communities and the environment thrive.

Learn more about the SUEZ Community Grants program, the successful applicants and their projects at


SUEZ Australia and New Zealand Media Office 02 8775 5527

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