The Witchcliffe Ecovillage is a unique residential development that is set to become one of the world’s first fully integrated villages to be self-sufficient in renewable energy, water, and fresh food produce.
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 neutral.
It will become a place where people live, work, socialise, and provide for their material needs sustainably; where most of what they consume on a daily basis can be 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 will enable the community to be as harmlessly integrated into the local environment as possible. This means the community’s energy, water and fresh food produce will be produced and harvested on site without pollution, with an emphasis on restoring and protecting indigenous flora and wildlife habitat.
In time, it will grow to be a model demonstration site where people can come to learn how to live more sustainably.