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What we do

What we do

We provide an friendly community space where visitors can see sustainability in action, have access to experts & plenty of opportunities to develop their own knowledge, interests and understanding.

 About the Centre for Sustainable Living

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL, the Centre) is a showcase for sustainable homes and gardens, with the goal of promoting sustainable living. The unique facility is entirely self-sufficient. It generates its own power, recycles and reuses all rain and waste water, and manages all organic waste on site. The Centre is guaranteed to impress. The facility also boasts a large garden demonstrating different a wide array of sustainable gardening principles, proudly maintained by volunteers. At MCSL, we offer:

Information Centre

The Centre provides a range of information from local sustainable businesses and traders, fact sheets on sustainable living practices including building sustainable homes, organic gardening, renewable energy, water efficiency and biodiversity. The Centre also sells fresh honey from the Macarthur Bee Keepers plus artisan jams and sauces.

School Programs
MCSL offers tours and a sustainable experince to students of all ages (Child Care Centres,Years K-12, Stages 1 to 6, plus tertiary students). Students can experience first hand how we can all help society become more sustainable in both our built and the natural environment.  Your introduction to sustainability starts when you are dropped off at the Centre's car park - let us open your eyes to the many features this seemingly barren asphalt area has hidden from view. Then, as you walk along the  Path to Sustainability you'll feel the peace and tranquillity that being surrounded by nature brings.  We can tailor tours and workshops to address any curriculum need and can help you plan a sustainability audit for your own home and school. Let us teach you some good gardening and healthy cooking tips from the garden to table, perhaps you can help us out with a few things too! Generally tours last one and a half hours and cost $6 per student and a combination tour and workshops ranges from $15-$20 per student. Bookings are essential. Please call the Centre for more information 46479828 or email for more detailed information.

Return & Earn Kiosk

MCSL has a Return & Earn Kiosk in its carpark. The kiosk operates from 8am-7pm every day and the location is listed on the TOMRA app. Since the kiosk was installed in 2020, over 5 million containers have been returned via this kiosk.

 As well as providing vouchers for cans and bottles returned, you can also donate the proceeds from your recycled items to the charities listed on the kiosk includingThe Macarthur Centre to Sustainable Living.


The Centre provides FREE self guided tour booklets or you can book a group guided tour of the Centre. The Centre showcases sustainablility in all aspects of its daily activites. The tour covers its sustainable buildings, eco farm, bush tucker gardens,  living classroom gardens, nursery, waste water system, water storage, chook pens, LULU the pig and BELLE the fat tailed sheep. The Centre provides wonderful home made Deveonshire Tea or Lunch from the eco Farm for group bookings. Contact the Centre on 46479828

Community Access 

Hobbies and interests are the glue of social fabric and MCSL supports community groups and clubs, environmental and plant societies by providing access to our meeting spaces. The Centre has venue facilities for hire on a short term or long term basis. Please call the Centre for more information. 

 Venue Hire

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living is all about sustainability - sustaining the environment and ourselves.

As you walk around the grounds of the Centre you'll feel a sense of peace and tranquillity as you breathe in the fresh air and enjoy being surrounded by open spaces, natural creeks and vegetation.  Isn't this just the spot for your next special function - close to everywhere but worlds apart? The venue is a do-it yourself venue. You hire the room or area and organise the event yourself. Please call the Centre or email for more information.