The purpose of the Boilerhouse is to facilitate just and sustainable community outcomes. To achieve this purpose, the centre engages with diverse stakeholders from the private, public, and community sectors in developing informed and collaborative responses to both existing and emerging community issues.
Why do we want collaborative responses? It has been argued that no single entity, be it public, private or non-government, can deal effectively with the complex interweaving of issues confronting modern society. Limited knowledge, time, abilities and energy constrain any one organisation in its efforts to build a just and sustainable society. Collaboration however opens up new possibilities for innovation - responsibility is shared, diverse perspectives are heard and resources can be used more effectively.
The following principles provide a clear philosophical foundation for our work. These include our commitment to:
Collaborative responses to local issues;
Personal relationships as a basis for collaboration, and
Sustainable development incorporating a balance between,
>Economic stability and equity
>Environmental protection, and