“A life of expanded social opportunities is a big attraction to ecovillage living, and this may be the ecovillage’s greatest asset.” – Gaia Education
The Witchcliffe Ecovillage has been designed to encourage the building of strong community relationships within and beyond the Ecovillage itself. Beginning with a developer-led induction and education process and community building activities in the early stages of the development, community activities will evolve organically over time to reflect the interests and passions of the future residents.
Participation in the community will be driven by individual preference with everyone giving the time and energy they can afford and want to give. We anticipate many residents catching up over a morning cuppa in their community garden, some will get involved in the management of the body while others will prefer to help care for the conservation zones, and others will just come along to community garden parties with a plate to share.
- gardening, chatting, sharing and cooking in the community garden clusters
- yoga and meditation classes, and sustainable living workshops in the Community Hall
- market days, outdoor movies and concerts in the Village Square
- planting busy bees in the conservation bushland
- meeting friends and neighbours for a lazy lunch at the tavern
- pasta sauce cook-offs and garden parties in the clusters
- fishing, kayaking and swimming in the dams
- bike riding and walking along the trail network
- sports, games and activities on the playing field
- and so much more.
Unity In Diversity
We encourage and celebrate diversity in all its forms and are working hard to ensure the Witchcliffe Ecovillage is as inclusive as possible.
Ecovillage lots have been sized and located to suit singles, couples, small and large families, empty-nesters and extended families. Affordable housing lots are included in every residential cluster along with dedicated aged and dependent care dwellings. All central path networks will be pram and wheelchair friendly, and the Village Square will feature a nature playground with inclusive play equipment, as well as wheelchair accessible landscape features and public furniture.
The Ecovillage will also feature a native bush food garden created with the guidance from the local Wadandi traditional owners, to acknowledge and celebrate Wadandi cultural knowledge, art and environmental care.
Ecovillage community online
We are in a digital age and there are now many tools to help a community connect and communicate easily and efficiently.The Witchcliffe Ecovillage website has the capability to support a private Ecovillage community portal, which we envisage may be built once the community reaches a critical mass when Stage 1 is fully built out.
Get to know your neighbours questionnaire
For now, once buyers have completed their sales contracts, we will be sending them login details with an invitation to participate in a private online community building exercise. Purchasers will be sent a questionnaire asking for general information about themselves and their families and a photo to post on a secure page of the Ecovillage website, which will only be accessible to fellow Ecovillage neighbours. The display of information can be tailored to suit individual’s privacy requirements. This online “pre-community” will facilitate future neighbours getting to know one another before they are physically living in the Ecovillage. Of course, participation in this exercise is entirely optional.
In the future, we envisage Ecovillage residents may use social media tools, such as Nextdoor (a hyper local, private social networking platform) or Facebook groups, to communicate and coordinate activities within clusters and the wider Ecovillage.