#1734 Eviction

Anna has lived in her tower apartment for 45 years. In fact, she was the fifth person to move in when the building was completed in the 70’s. It wasn’t long after the Queen herself cut the ribbon, officially opening the two Waterloo Towers.

Now, Anna is facing eviction, along with thousands of other residents. But not everyone is just lying down and taking it.

‘We Live Here’

This story was made in collaboration with the #WeLiveHere2017 project and tells the stories of people living in public housing in Waterloo, a changing area more people are associating with dollar signs.

Check out We Live Here on Facebook for updates about the buildings and lights.

Made by Selena Shannon, with interviews collected by Olivia Rosenman and Sam Jonscher, and help from Zoe Ferguson, Linda Hoang, Greta Stonehouse and Geordie Donaldson. Music through EMI production music.

‘A boat fit for a museum’ by Shelby Traynor

During New Year’s celebrations, Ali leaves his home in Iran and finds himself in the middle of the ocean, in a boat fit for a museum.

With help from Bec Fary and Selena Shannon, and interview/editorial assistance by Rhiannon Arnold. Music: ‘Remember Trees?’ by Chris Zabriskie, ‘Triumph’ by Jon Luc Hefferman

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Samantha Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Jessica Hromas, provided by We Live Here

#1733 Hindsight

Meet kids and teenagers who have grown up, and can now see the world through their parents’ eyes. In two stories, we look back on important choices from childhood, and ask if the lens of adulthood always make things clearer.

‘Blueprint’ by Rachel Mcfadden

Lying awake in bed at night, Rachel’s mind wanders back to her childhood home, where happy memories are immortally buried, before one dark night changed everything.

Music: ‘Fading summer’ by Jon Anthony Boorman
Supervising Producer: Bec Fary
Editing by Selena Shannon

‘The good, the bad and the angsty’ by Rebecca Day

Rebecca Day, she grew up in north-east England with her dad and her sister. Today Bec is an emergency doctor at Royal Darwin Hospital, a place that’s a long way away from her first home.

Rebecca has long been holding on to something she really wants to tell her dad, who raised her as a single parent in England in a time when it wasn’t common practice.

This story was first told at SPUN, a live storytelling event in Darwin. You can subscribe to the SPUN Stories podcast via iTunes or your favourite podcast player – just search for SPUN Stories. To find out more about the SPUN storytelling project visit spunstories.net or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Story producer: Johanna Bell

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Sam Groth

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Greg Nelson

#1732 Door knocking

Time to go off road. Jump the fence. Peak into some houses slated for demolition, or explore a well-known old building that’s home to the little-known story of an unsolved crime. This week we’re knocking on the doors of homes, buildings and stories that might not be around forever.

‘Suburban Decay’ by Britta Jorgensen

More than 2000 people queued up on a drizzly Melbourne weekend to see an abandoned house in the leafy suburb of Alphington July this year.

On top of crumbling plaster and behind boarded up windows, street artist Rone had painted his giant, iconic “Jane Doe” murals on the walls of the weatherboard house due to be demolished to make way for a new housing development.

The Omega Project speaks to the fragile, temporary and empty spaces of Melbourne and the traces of life left behind.

Music: ‘Black Eyed Susan’ by Podington Bear

‘George and Lola’ by Eugenia Zoubtchenko

What’s it like to watch the city change from your living-room window? George and Lola are in their 90’s and still live in one of Melbourne’s oldest buildings – a ramshackle cottage in Melbourne’s CBD. Lola’s lived there for nearly a century, and in that time the house has been a theatre, a tea shop and a historic home on the verge of collapse.

Supervising producer: Bec Fary

‘M.U.B’ by Made Stuchbery

Made often walks past the beautiful Manchester Unity Building but has never been inside. This week she decides to poke around.

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Ash Berdebes

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Flickr Creative Commons user ‘ccdoh1’

#1731 Garry’s Dream

‘Garry’s Dream’ by Kayleen Bell

This week, we’re devoting a full episode to one love story. A young love story. But even though our protagonists are young, they are facing something normally reserved for people in their 80’s.

Kayleen Bell first visited Mandy and Garry in 2014, now she finally gets to share their story.

September is dementia awareness month, and you can learn more about the Lovell Foundation here.

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon
Additional editing: Amy Hanley
Music: Blue Dot Sessions, Fool Boy Media, Doctor Turtle and Stevie Wright.

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Ash Berdebes

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image provided by Kayleen Bell