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Moranbah garden grows future green

Moranbah’s Lincoln Corkill plays around Arrow Energy chief executive Andrew Faulkner, Simply Sunshine Childcare Centre manager Julie Taylor (left) and director Amanda Stephan.
Moranbah’s Lincoln Corkill plays around Arrow Energy chief executive Andrew Faulkner, Simply Sunshine Childcare Centre manager Julie Taylor (left) and director Amanda Stephan.

MORANBAH children will enjoy sunnier days after a gas company committed $5000 to an interactive garden at the Simply Sunshine Childcare centre.

Arrow Energy chief executive Andrew Faulkner announced the funding on his visit to the resource rich region last week, where the company runs a 180-well coal seam gas project that supplies electricity to the town's power station.

Mr Faulkner said the grant, from Arrow's Brighter Futures community fund, would buy a rainwater tank and watering system that would grow the gardens without town water, plus water wheels and other outdoor toys.

"This is a great project to introduce children to environmental and sustainability principles that will last a lifetime," Mr Faulkner said.

"It's a field that is permeating all levels of our society and is only going to grow in importance."

Simply Childcare director Amanda Stephan said the gardens would help teach the children, from infants to age six, about their natural environment and looking after themselves.

"The garden is interactive. They will be able to walk through it and smell and touch the plants," Mrs Stephan said.

"We've got some edible plants. We'll be getting some miniature fruit trees and also some vegetables which the children can learn about."

The next round of applications for Arrow's Brighter Futures funding closes on September 30.

Visit here or email brighterfutures@arrowenergy.com.au.


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