For the project’s founders, the Witchcliffe Ecovillage has been decades in the dreaming and many more years spent researching, planning and doggedly working through the detail of this unique and complex project.

Project History 1
Wardandi Boodja sculpture, Bunbury. Image from


Acknowledgement of Country 

The Witchcliffe Ecovillage is located on Wardandi and Bibulmen / Pibelmen country. We acknowledge the Wardandi and Bibulmen / Pibelmen peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land, respect their continuing connection to land, water, spirit and community, and honour their unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land. 
We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging.

Project History

The Ecovillage site was previously occupied by two farms: an organic vineyard owned by Cape Mentelle, and a hobby beef cattle farm. In the early days of Witchcliffe’s group settlement, the farms were owned by the Fox and Shervington families, hence Shervington Avenue in Witchcliffe, as well as the name of our existing vineyard, ‘Foxcliffe’. 

Sustainable Settlements Director and Project Founder, Mike Hulme, first identified the Ecovillage site in 1994. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that his company, Sustainable Settlements, and joint venture business partners, the Perron Group, purchased both properties with the intention of developing a model ecovillage.

Project History 2
Photo taken by Frank Fox on 17 June 1984. The photo depicts the farmhouse that is now the Witchcliffe Ecovillage office and the site of the middle dam.

Download our PROJECT OVERVIEW HANDBOOK 2020 to read more about the Ecovillage including project objectives, history and structure, location, site design, lot types and community.