Wormall Civil awarded Witchcliffe Ecovillage, Witchcliffe

Wormall Civil are extremely excited to be awarded and drawn in to such a dynamic and innovative development by Sustainable Settlements and Perron Developments.

As Wormall Civil looks to consolidate our position in the South West, what better way than with this high profile development:

  • 5,000m of sewer reticulation which also includes eleven of Smartstream’s innovate Smart Pit
  • 2,000m of sewer pressure main & two waste water pumping stations
  • 2,000m of reinforced concrete drainage & 650m of PVC drainage
  • 5,000m of water reticulation
  • 8,500m of electrical cable & 5 transformers
  • 8,000m of communication pipe
  • 25,000m2 of asphalt pavement
  • In addition the Bussell Highway intersection works

“Wormall Civil has a reputation for reliable service and has delivered high quality construction in and around Perth with significant streetscaping elements and a commitment to using local contractors.”

Mike Hulme, director of Sustainable Settlements and founder of the project.


The Ecovillage site was previously occupied by two farms: an organic vineyard owned by Cape Mentelle, and a hobby beef cattle farm.
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.

Part of the appeal of the Witchcliffe site was that it was already cleared farmland, with small pockets of forest and an abundance of water, abutting the small town of Witchcliffe. Although degraded by clearing and historical agricultural practices, the 8.84ha of remnant bushland and re-vegetated creeklines have great habitat potential and have been set aside as conservation zones to be rehabilitated and preserved for future Ecovillage residents to care for and enjoy. Potential human impact on wildlife will be minimised through landscaped corridor plantings to provide links between bush areas and by strata bylaws that will control domestic animals and the use of chemicals within the Ecovillage.


  • 100% renewable energy for households, businesses and daytime EV charging
  • 100% water self-sufficiency including extensive capture and reuses stormwater for all irrigation requirements
  • Extensive community gardens and small agriculture lots enable residents to be self sufficient in fresh food produce
  • Environmentally sensitive onsite waste water treatment
  • Solar passive house design and lot layouts
  • Low carbon, low impact, and where possible, local building materials
  • Bike and pedestrian friendly path networks
  • Local employment and business opportunities
  • Conservation of remnant bush habitat and streams, protection of wildlife and control of domestic animals
  • A healthy, caring, socially inclusive community.
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