Stories of the Mid West: Storytowns Podcast coming to Mullewa, Mt Magnet, Murchison, Sandstone and Perenjori

Jamie ThannooMidwest Times
The Storytowns team talking with a local in Brim, Victoria.
Camera IconThe Storytowns team talking with a local in Brim, Victoria. Credit: Supplied

The Mid West will be the focus of new episodes from Storytowns, a podcast giving local Australians the chance to show their towns to listeners around the world.

The Storytowns team are set to explore 13 towns across the Mid West, including Mullewa, Mt Magnet, Murchison, Sandstone, and Perenjori later this year.

The podcast features chats with locals, capturing their stories and painting pictures of Australia’s many communities.

It serves as a guide for visitors, showing them about the sights and history of these towns, with maps integrated on the Storytowns’ app to guide them along.

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The podcast has covered towns and regions across the country, from Tasmania’s Huon Valley to the Banana Shire in Queensland and WA’s wheatbelt.

Storytowns was founded by Jarrod Pickford, who wanted to combine his love for travel, and hearing the stories of local people, with his background in radio and podcasting.

The podcast plans to feature two stories from each of the thirteen towns it covers.

Storytowns wants what it calls “experiential stories,” stories about the sights and scenes of towns that visitors can see for themselves.

The focus is always on capturing what makes each town unique, according to Mr Pickford.

“We make sure each town has a character and a personality, because each town does,” he said.

Mr Pickford said the podcast has been a great way to bring visitors to smaller towns.

“People just love it because it helps them connect and empathasise with these towns,” he said

Aluel Mading, the Shire of Perenjori’s community development officer, said the podcast was an exciting opportunity to show the unique quirks of the towns of Perenjori and Latham.

“In Perenjori we have a unique history, and unique sites such as our wildflowers and stargazing platform,” Ms Mading said.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the podcast would help bring more attention to Mullewa and the Mid West.

“Podcasts continue to grow in popularity amongst travellers, and we’re looking forward to the Mullewa-specific episode being available on Spotify and the Storytowns app later this year,” he said.

The podcast is still in the early production stage and looking for locals to tell their stories.

If you have a story you think shows a highlight of your town, reach out to Storytowns on its website or social media platforms.

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