LIFE’S PROBLEMS MOUNT
With high levels of unemployment, plenty of government housing, a rising drug problem and more, the NSW 2270 postcode gets a bad wrap.
So, are the residents of Mount Druitt just a bunch of drugged-up dole bludgers?
That’s a preconception new SBS docu-series Struggle Street attempts to lift the lid on, introducing us to some of those doing it tough in the area.
Full-time carer Peta Kennedy, 54, says she hopes that sharing the story of her family helps people dispel some of the negative images of the area.
Looking after her disabled husband, Ashley, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and a daughter impaired after an accident means Kennedy has had to quit work to become a full-time carer.
Adding to the stress are their 10 kids, at least one of whom is battling an addiction to ice.
“Once people get into a bad situation it’s very hard to climb back out of it,” she says.
“You could be on a well paid job and one small thing happens ... it could happen to anyone.”
STRUGGLE STREET, SBS ONE, WEDNESDAY, 8.30PM