Town’s friendly vibe means a per­fect place to raise fam­ily

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE CHANCE to raise a fam­ily in a coun­try town full of friends is one ap­pren­tice Mal­colm Mil­ton, 32, couldn’t pass up.

“I grew up in Monto so all my fam­ily and friends are here, but I didn’t ex­pect I would be able to find a good job to keep me here,” he said.

But Mr Mil­ton was lucky enough to take on two ap­pren­tice­ships at DJ’s Steel and Con­crete in Monto.

“I think what keeps young peo­ple like me here is that they can work at a job they en­joy, play footy, raise a fam­ily and go to the pub,” he said.

“That’s what keeps us happy.

“And the guys at work are peo­ple I’ve al­ways been friends with, which make it even bet­ter.”

Mr Mil­ton said he con­sid­ered the coun­try a much safer place than the city to raise a fam­ily.

He said while op­por­tu­ni­ties could be­come more lim­ited for kids as they grew older, he al­ways en­joyed the chance to travel for sport and see the re­gion when he was young.

And with a State Govern­ment goal to dou­ble ser­vice in­dus­try jobs by 2044, by the time Mr Mil­ton’s kids grow up per­haps the same op­por­tu­ni­ties will keep them in town as well.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

Mal­colm Mil­ton said he con­sid­ers him­self lucky to have found a job and raise a fam­ily in the coun­try.

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