Federal Member for Barton, Linda Burney visited Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS) today to view a new community garden, built as a result of $9,400 in Federal Funding.
The new garden at the CASS Child Care Centre at 48 Queens Road, Hurstville was built with funding secured under the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Programme.
With many families from the area now living in high-rise apartments, children often lack access to the natural environment, said Ms Burney who is the Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services.
The new garden provides families with the opportunity for their children to connect with nature, and learn about the benefits of growing and harvesting their own plants and vegetables.
Ms Burney also had a chance to visit the newly refurbished learning environment which includes a creative art studio.
Children at the centre greeted Ms. Burney enthusiastically, demonstrating their new and innovative teaching tools.
The children were eager to showcase the food that is cooked and baked as part of the Centre's interactive cooking classes.
The Member for Barton, Linda Burney said: "The new garden is a fantastic way to educate young children about the benefits of recycling and composting, promote better nutrition, and provide them with the opportunity to cook with food they've grown and harvested themselves."