What to expect when you’re expecting (an Ecovillage)

You’ve been patiently waiting for news from us so we’re thrilled to finally kick off our communications and marketing efforts in earnest. We have a plethora of exciting initiatives planned for 2019 designed to inform, engage and delight you. As early subscribers to the Witchcliffe Ecovillage vision, YOU are our community.

So, welcome to The Village Collective Bunuru 2019: our first bi-monthly newsletter.

The Village Collective newsletter

Designed to align with the Noongar seasons, the Sustainable Settlements team will bring you an inspiring newsletter every two months full of project news, construction updates, sales information, engaging stories, beautiful photography, exciting events, community initiatives and more. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:

  • From the Editor’s Desk
    Jo Thierfelder will give you an update on communications, media, marketing and staff activities, as well as information on upcoming Ecovillage events.
  • Take A Walk
    Through words, photos and video, we will take you on a walk through the Ecovillage site documenting our on-the-ground progress and stories along the way.
  • Sell Me A Dream
    Head of sales, Mike Hulme will deliver up-to-date sales information for prospective buyers from the engine room of the Ecovillage.
  • Tea and Sympathy
    Make time for a cuppa with Community Liaison Manager, Michelle Sheridan, who is deeply interwoven in the project and the local community. She is the heart and soul of our community-based initiatives.
  • Design. Build. Plant. Grow.
    Read news updates from the Ecovillage planning, engineering, architecture, landscape and permaculture gurus on staff at Sustainable Settlements.

We are social creatures

For better or worse, social media is an inescapable reality of modern communications and marketing. At Sustainable Settlements, we like to use our social powers for good because being social is at the heart of our vision for a participatory, well-connected, sustainable community. You can now follow us and share the good news on Facebook and Instagram.

Future demonstration site at the office

The Sustainable Settlements office is located on the Witchcliffe Ecovillage site at 10437 Bussell Highway, Witchcliffe. We welcome visitors who have called ahead and made an appointment so we can ensure we are available and have enough time to attend to your needs.

We have been busy working to renovate and reinvigorate the old house on the former Foxcliffe site to create a comfortable and efficient office for our team. But our plans extend well beyond the office into the surrounding grounds where we are developing a demonstration site to showcase some of the features and technology that will be utilised at the Ecovillage. Significant infrastructure on the office grounds already exists but this will be developed and expanded. A signed walking trail linking key features and a picnic area is planned to encourage visitors to explore, learn and linger. We are also hoping to build a small group of enthusiastic volunteers to form a community gardening group to work on the vegetable garden. Read more about all of our garden activities in Michelle’s excellent article.