Fremantle Heritage Festival: podcasts foster friendship

Scott Street residents Marta Meyer (left) and Cathrina Read (right) with Let's Meet the Neighbours co-creator Tania Heyne (centre).
Scott Street residents Marta Meyer (left) and Cathrina Read (right) with Let's Meet the Neighbours co-creator Tania Heyne (centre).

HOW well do you know your neighbours?

While many will point to a busy lifestyle as the reason for not being able to offer those living around us little more than a kind ‘hello’, one duo has taken the initiative to delve deeper for a Fremantle Heritage Festival feature.

Put together by Tania Heyne and Sarah Dalziel, the Let’s Meet the Neighbours podcast series is a collection of interviews with people with ties to Scott Street in South Fremantle.

Among those featured is Marta Meyer, who moved to Australia from Europe after World War II, and Cathrina Read, who runs Artist Open House Fremantle.

Ms Heyne said she and her co-creator wanted to bring the community’s interesting stories to the surface.

“The Heritage Festival is not just about buildings, it’s about people and stories,” she said.

“Last year Sarah and I worked on the Wedding Dress Project for the festival and what we really loved about that was people’s stories and that was part of what got us going. I hope it creates a sense of community.”

Ms Read said she jumped at the opportunity to be included.

“South Freo is already a lovely, tight-knit community. It’s so different from the rest of the other suburbs in WA, so why not contribute to that?” she said.

This year’s festival will pay homage to the 30th anniversary of Australia’s America’s Cup defence and Fremantle’s West End.

“If you think about heritage and history, there’s no place like Fremantle in WA,” Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said.

“History isn’t just something that happened when there were horses and carts.

“One of the really significant events was 30 years ago when the America’s Cup was here in Freo, so that’s a key part of the festival – looking at that more recent history and how that transformed Fremantle too.”

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