Mapping Frictions: Stories from Western Sydney

A website that celebrates local voices and provides the opportunity to re-invent storytelling about Western Sydney.

The problem we aim to solve:

One of Australia's most multicultural regions but suffers from stereotypes of violence, crime and religious extremism.

The solution our project offers:

Mapping Frictions seeks to slow down the news cycle and promote a more complex understanding of life in Western Sydney.


There are currently no open needs. Get in touch with kavita bedford if you can contribute and help out.

Who is behind this project?

We love community engagement: The more you interact, the more stars you get! (E.g.: Write a comment, publish a project or apply for a need)

About the project

Sheikh Khaled was busy running his successful bakery where he pioneered the first manoush in the area, when controversy hit the Muslim community. He decided to do something about it. He decided to become a Sheikh.

Partner with BYDS (Bankstown Youth Development Service )

Project activity

kavita bedford created this project

Open needs

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That is such a great idea, good job on the initiative! Stereotypes is definitely a pressing issue, and you guys are pursuing truth in order to portray the real West of Sydney. Amazing!

Thank you Renato! We would love to hear from you if you have any story ideas you think we should cover or if you want to contribute in any way? Always great to have young, passionate people on board!