Town’s friendly vibe means a perfect place to raise family
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.
Malcolm Milton said he considers himself lucky to have found a job and raise a family in the country.