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Media Release

Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living was a finalist and then won the Australian Small Business Champion Award 2014 in the not for profit category on Saturday night.

Helen Byfield-Fleming, Centre Coordinator, and Caz McCallum, Director of The Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan, attended the awards evening on 5th April at the Westin. Despite sitting at Table 13, we were called up as winners in front of 900 attendees from all over Australia. Caz McCallum and Christine Winning, Executive Officer, Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils, Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly said “It was exciting to see the Centre recognised for the great work staff and volunteers are doing there. Some of you may not be aware the Trust and local councils, representing local community, are partners in the Centre which was built with federal government funding (sustainable regions funding). It’s a great partnership model that is working well. The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living is a regional place of excellence that inspires the community to embrace an environmental conscience”.

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL, the Centre) is a not-for-profit, community-focused organisation that aspires to be a world-class educational facility and model for the promotion of sustainable technology and practices in homes, urban precincts and businesses. The Centre aims to display and demonstrate alternative energy production and use, waste-water recycling, water and energy efficiency, waste avoidance and green space management. The Centre conducts community educational programs and projects that build social capacity and empower individuals to embrace sustainable lifestyles.

The 2014 Australian Small Business Champion Awards recognises the roles that small businesses play in the economic development of our great nation. The award is a celebration of the most outstanding businesses in the country, and the exceptional business people and teams behind the success. It is an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment required to build a long-lasting, prosperous business.

Helen Byfield-Fleming Centre Coordinator said, “Being named the 2014 Australian Small Business Champion, in the NFP category, is a huge achievement for the Centre and we are proud of our success over the past 4 years.”

Category Name

Not-For-Profit Organisation

Business Name

Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living

Suburb

Mount Annan