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Core Values

From an initial meeting in May 2007, regular gatherings featuring inclusive community group processes and rotating facilitation have been held to formulate principles for the project and our vision:

“We are individuals united to create ecologically sustainable and conscious communities, guided by grace, that are havens liberating and nurturing the potential of all through social equity, integrity, courage, transformative growth, collaborative enterprises, celebration and care of the planet.”

Our primary current project is to model holistically sustaining community, with a focus on localisation and engagement with the wider community, sustainable land and resource management, teaching and modeling sustainable agriculture and enterprises, simple and shared living that minimises resource use and consciousness building.  Perceiving there to be four interdependent components to our vision of an ecologically sustainable future, that is spiritual, social, economic and environmental, we spent time establishing common principles for each area and derive from these detailed agreements, structures and form.

These values guide how our Association manages its internal affairs and how we engage in our mission to create a more sustainable future for ourselves and this earth.

Association Mission Statement

Facilitating the creation of life-sustaining communities through:

  • Collaborative partnerships;
  • Sharing information and resources; and
  • Providing a demonstration site


Core Common Values

1. Philosophy / Common spirit

  • We actively work toward creating a sustainable future for the earth and humanity
  • We value every soul and recognize the divinity in humanity
  • We support the four Permaculture ethics
  • We honour and steward the earth
  • We are engaged with the world, actively working in service to humanity
  • We work toward mutual support and co-operation, compassion, openness and loving kindness
  • We support diversity, equality and creativity

 

2. Community Building / Personal Development

  • We share a commitment to openness, making time, transparency, and engaging in processes of dialogue 
  • We engage in celebration and play and value feeding the “inner glow”
  • We share a commitment to inner development, taking personal responsibility
  • We support each other, as in the Barn-raising principle
  • We share our learnings with the whole community
  • Decision-making is an inclusive, collaborative process, ensuring all are heard
  • We recognise the value in honouring the view of the dissenter
  • We make a commitment to honour the broader needs/goals of the community, the group and each member
  • Issues are solution oriented, participants agree to take responsibility for what they ‘put on the table’

 

3. Governance / structure / tenure

  • Facilitates optimum care of land
  • Supports our view of the land as sacred
  • Reduces waste of resources through duplicated facilities, encourages sustainability and simplicity
  • Supports and encourages us financing each other (borrowing from each other rather than banks), flexible and liquid
  • Encourages individuals who are highly committed to community living
  • Inspires and supports altruism / service
  • Ensures that the primary focus of land is to support the vision
  • Enables us to define our rights and responsibilities to each other and the land and be guided by our own agreements
  • Affordability, transferability
  • We are working toward a grace economy, in the interim we establish a vibrant internal currency and intentional design of economy

     

4. Ecology / built environment

  • We listen to the land and honour the land as sacred
  • We are actively engaged in teaching and modeling sustainability
  • We work toward being carbon-neutral and tread lightly on the land, using resources thoughtfully and sustainably
  • We support, teach and model sustainable eco-agricultural practices
  • We display and use green technologies, such as on-site waste-water treatment  and renewable energy systems
  • We display and teach sustainable building designs and low impact building materials
  • We facilitate clean transport options, such as transport-sharing, electric conversions
  • We support research and training into land and waterway restoration
  • We actively rehabilitate properties for the public benefit
  • We actively support sustainable industries
  • We devise and teach systems for minimising resource use through sharing and community building
  • We maintain spatial closeness, creating places for informal physical interactions
 

Supporting the Sunshine Coast Community

Statistics have shown that the Sunshine Coast has become one of Australia’s least affordable places to live, with rental availability at record lows and housing prices high relative to incomes.  At the same time, we have a movement toward sustainability and relocalising our economies.

Our projects are aimed to meet the needs of the local and national community in terms of:

  • reducing environmental impacts of households
  • modeling of affordable, sustainable tenure and community-based housing options,
  • supporting sustainable and ethical economic development
  • promoting sustainable solutions to rural and agricultural land use
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