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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.”


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