A new vi­sion of Perth

Melville Times - - OPINION -

STAFF in­ter­views, be­hind the scenes tours and au­dio de­scrip­tions are tools used by a Mur­doch Univer­sity stu­dent to bring some of Perth’s best tourist at­trac­tions to life for peo­ple who are blind or have low vi­sion.

Sound and ra­dio stu­dent Ethan Ka­vanagh’s pod­cast The Tourist gives lis­ten­ers an en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive ac­count of Fre­man­tle Prison, the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum and Scitech.

Vi­sion Aus­tralia Ra­dio (VAR) pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Gemma Sid­ney said Mr Ka­vanagh’s ef­fort had been well re­ceived.

“The lo­ca­tions that Ethan has doc­u­mented in The Tourist are all pop­u­lar for a rea­son and it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple who are blind or have low vi­sion are given ev­ery chance to ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy what they have to of­fer like any­body else,” she said.

“Each episode re­ally is an im­mer­sive ac­count of each lo­ca­tion, whether it’s a de­scrip­tion of what it’s like to en­ter a sub­ma­rine, tak­ing peo­ple on a trip to the gal­lows or au­dio de­scrib­ing a pup­pet show. We re­ally think The Tourist is some­thing that will sup­port our lis­ten­ers in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing each lo­ca­tion.”

Ms Sid­ney said VAR hoped to ex­pand the pro­gram’s of­fer­ing in the fu­ture.

“We’re for­tu­nate that dur­ing his place­ment with us, Ethan put as much time and ef­fort as he did to pro­duce the first three episodes and he’s in­di­cated that he’d like to do more to help peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence the other at­trac­tions Perth has to of­fer,” she said.

The Tourist is avail­able on­line via http://ra­dio. vi­sion­aus­tralia.org.

Pic­ture: Lau­ren Green

Ethan Ka­vanagh with as­sis­tant sound recordist Paul Scaramella.

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