The Witchcliffe Ecovillage is a unique residential development that is one of the world’s first fully integrated villages to be self-sufficient in renewable energy, water, and fresh food produce. In September 2023, it was awarded the ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Affordable Housing’ Excellence Awards by the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA.
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Version 2.0 – updated in September 2023
The Witchcliffe Ecovillage vision is to create a model of a highly sustainable, self-reliant community in a regional village setting, incorporating the best of 21st century technology and human settlement design to enable the Ecovillage community to:
- produce as much energy as it consumes
- be self-sufficient in water
- care for the local environment
- generate ongoing economic and social opportunities for the area
- be socially diverse and provide for all age groups
- be self-sufficient in fresh food produce
- be carbon negative.
It is a place where people live, work, socialise, and provide for their material needs sustainably; where most of what they consume on a daily basis is produced within the Ecovillage, in harmony with the permaculture principles of “earth care, people care, and fair share.” Opportunities for affordable housing, social diversity, aged care and community building are an integral part of the Ecovillage design.
The Witchcliffe Ecovillage is being designed and developed in a manner that enables the community to be as harmlessly integrated into the local environment as possible. This means the community’s energy, water and fresh food produce is produced and harvested on site without pollution, with an emphasis on restoring and protecting indigenous flora and wildlife habitat.
It is growing to become a model demonstration site where people can come to learn how to live more sustainably.