Word is getting out. In fact, enthusiastic word of mouth is our primary marketing and sales tool (aren’t we lucky?). However, we’re pretty excited now that the Australian media is starting to “discover” the Witchcliffe Ecovillage and we welcome the coverage.
Print articles, radio interviews, podcast episodes and presentations
To kick off Cosmos Magazine’ year-long Greenlight Project – a series looking at how regional Australia is responding to climate change – Greenlight editor Marie Low checks out an ambitious ecovillage in south-west WA.
Is it feasible to live off-grid and still enjoy the comforts of community and modern living? Nearly 30 years ago, Mike Hulme wanted to know the answer. Today, his vision – Witchcliffe Ecovillage – has just launched stage 4 of a project that could see up to 1,000 people living in a community that is 100% self-sufficient in renewable energy, water and organic fresh produce. >> READ MORE
Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA) interviewed Jeff Thierfelder, Planning and Architecture Manager at the Witchcliffe Ecovillage, for its quarterly member magazine, The Urbanist. >> READ MORE HERE
With the aim of facilitating a unique retirement alongside a close-knit and like-minded community, work on the Kyloring Housing Co-operative has begun near Margaret River. The community will occupy a pocket neighbourhood of 25 homes and a collection of shared facilities within the larger Witchcliffe Ecovillage – a residential co-housing community under development by Sustainable Settlements and Perron Group.
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While in the depths of winter it can be easy to forget the heat of summer, forward planning for summers to come is integral. With devastating bushfires unfortunately a reality for many parts of Australia, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute Professor Peter Newman warned there needed to be more thought and action around how to prevent these blazes from damaging properties and putting lives at risk.
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Jeff Thierfelder, Planning and Architecture Manager at Sustainable Settlements, was invited to present the Witchcliffe Ecovillage project at the Planning Institute of Australia Regional Forum in Margaret River in June 2021. At just under an hour long, this is much more than simply a project overview. He opens with a brief exploration of social connection and cultural change through human evolution. The Ecovillage, he contends, proposes a shift in mindset from one of isolation to connection, scarcity to abundance and extraction to stewardship of the land. >> VIEW ON YOUTUBE HERE
Pip and Cate from local community internet radio station, Radio Margaret River (RMR), interviewed Ecovillage Communications and Marketing Manager, Jo Thierfelder, on 4 June 2021. Click here to listen to the podcast and start the broadcast at 16:24 mins for the Ecovillage interview.
‘All The Dirt’ podcast presenter Steve Wood spoke to Witchcliffe Ecovillage staff members Jo Thierfelder (Communications and Marketing Manager) and Mark Tupman (Horticulture Manager) on 27 May 2021.
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The world is beating a path to the door of Cottesloe ideas man Mike Hulme. His idea, now becoming a reality, was to create a unique, friendly village that was self sufficient in renewable energy, water and fresh food from community gardens. >> Download the full article
Urban planner and designer Mike Day has touted Witchcliffe’s Ecovillage as the way of the future for the South West. With housing affordability and supply issues impacting many residents within the region, Mr Day said the Ecovillage was a great example of what should be done more often with new housing developments. >> READ MORE