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Opening a pathway to sustainability

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Making environmental sustainability a practical part of everyday living and building will now be a lot easier for people in New South Wales with the opening in February this year of the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living.

Officially opened by Federal and State Members of Parliament at Mount Annan Botanic Garden in Western Sydney, the Centre will provide education and practical advice on all aspects of sustainable living for everyone, from school children through to homeowners and builders.

Supported by a range of sponsors, including BlueScope Steel, which provided COLORBOND steel for its roof and wall cladding, The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living is a non-profit, community driven organisation with Federal funding from the Sustainable Regions Programme.

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living includes interactive displays of renewable energy production and use, an organic café, nursery and education centre. Also, it will demonstrate environmentally sound design and construction methods, utilising renewable and recyclable building materials, such as COLORBOND steel.

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living uses only solar power and a closed water cycle, which captures rainwater, treats it after use and releases it safely, back into the environment.

As demonstrated at the Centre, efficient rainwater management is crucial to effective sustainable living today and one already being adopted by many homeowners across Australia.

To ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the process, COLORBOND steel plays an important part in ensuring long-term durability, not just on the roof collecting the rainwater, but as gutters and down pipes that take the run-off to the steel water tank, donated by BlueScope Water.

In addition to its durability and functionality COLORBOND steel has been recognised as a future considerate solution because steel is one of the recycled materials on earth and all steel made by BlueScope Steel includes recycled steel in its manufacture.

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living is pleased to be working in partnership with BlueScope Steel as well as BlueScope Lysaght and BlueScope Water.

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living has been designed for deconstruction, incorporating whole sheets of COLORBOND steel for the roofing and much of the walling, so as to maximise opportunities for those sheets to be used again in future.

Steel is a recyclable product so even when the sheets have reached the end of their use, and reuse, they can be recycled into another steel product.

The COLORBOND steel cladding, in LYSAGHT MINI ORB sheeting on the walls, adds to the dramatic aesthetics of the building.

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living wants to teach people about sustainability and make it easy for them.

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living will continually host school excursions and community open days where people can come in and learn how to apply sustainability to their own lives.

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