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Winter rains have begun

Winter rains are making the creeks run, filling the new Ecovillage dams and turning the paddocks into lush, green pastures. It's a beautiful time of year...for gum boots. 💦 🐸 🌱

What is a sustainable material?

Deciding what is and isn’t a ’sustainable material’ isn’t as easy as it sounds. At first glance, the thermal qualities of a material (e.g. insulation value) would be the obvious place to start. However, things become complicated when you also consider the energy used...

Six seasons of the South West

The Noongar people are the traditional owners of WA's South West region, which is home to the Witchcliffe Ecovillage. The Noongar calendar has six seasons, which more accurately and holistically describe seasonal changes. The six seasons encompass more than just...

Come fly with me

Andrew Jager, drone photography enthusiast and Sustainable Settlements’ accountant, took these images last week of the Ecovillage site. They give a magnificent view of the construction works on the ‘stingray’ dam, demonstrating how it got its nickname, as well as showing maintenance work on the vineyard and the development of the demonstration vegetable garden next to the office.

Stage 1 update

Stage 1 is well underway with the construction of the two new dams nearing completion in readiness for filling by winter rains. This weather will make any further construction impossible until late spring when the ground dries and hardens enough to allow construction...

From the Editor’s Desk – May 2019

Our place in the world “The future depends on what you do today.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi On writing this column I began to reflect on the broader implications of what we are doing here at the Witchcliffe Ecovillage. For me and my colleagues, this project has always been so...

What is an ecovillage?

This image by @russellordphoto is of Sativa Sanctuary Holiday Home, a solar passive hemp house recently built by Hemp Homes Australia in Witchcliffe.Ecovillage, sustainable community, co-housing, intentional community: there are many terms used to describe residential...

Designing landscapes

As Sustainable Settlement’s Landscape Architect, I am leading the charge on all things landscape design. My portfolio influences many areas throughout the Ecovillage, including residential cluster community gardens, streetscapes, plant specification and public open...

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