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#GreaterNewEngland funding keeps local stories alive

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Soundtrails, a world-class mobile audio experience showcasing towns in the New England region, is set to grow its offering after taking out the #GreaterNewEngland May funding round.

For winning this month’s community vote, Soundtrails will receive $3,000, which will be used to help develop a new version 2 Soundtrails app.

Soundtrails is an audio app experience that brings the streets and regions of Australia to life by combining memories, voices, myths and archival footage. The smartphone app uses GPS tracking to identify a listener’s location, which then triggers site-specific stories as they walk through a city or town, taking them to the heart of a place through a rich mix of sonic stories.

Soundtrails was initially developed as a result of a joint project between Uralla Arts and The Story Project, which recorded audio conversations in Uralla based on people’s connections to each other and their community.

According to Soundtrails Producer, Hamish Sewell, winning this month’s funding round means they can continue to rebuild the V2 Soundtrails app and grow their audience.

“Soundtrails now has fifteen site specific maps under our belt including Uralla, Armidale and Warialda and we have built a strong reputation for our crafted audio experiences that reflect communities, storytellers, artists and memory holders and bring a place to life,” Hamish says.

“We’ve had interest from overseas producers who are keen to work with us, so winning the #GreaterNewEngland funding means we can continue to rebuild our app and grow our market.”

Greater Bank’s Regional Manager Jennifer Smith said she was proud to see the #GreaterNewEngland funding program supporting a creative initiative such as Soundtrails which works to preserve the history and stories of places in the New England region.

With a commitment to supporting the communities that support us, it’s wonderful to be able to support a creative venture such as Soundtrails which is working to preserve the history and stories of our local towns and communities,” Jennifer said.

Both runners-up for the May round, The Gunnedah Good Noshery and Armidale Neighbourhood Centre will each receive a $1,000 grant.

The #GreaterNewEngland program continues in June, with voting open now and closing on Wednesday, 24 June 2020. Vying for their share in $5,000 will be Manilla Rural Fire Brigade, Tamworth Can Assist and Gunnedah Volunteer Support Group.

To submit your vote, either go online to greater.com.au/greaternewengland or visit any Greater Bank branch. Collectively the effort you make to vote will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the community.