WE ARE FAM­ILY

LETH­BRIDGE PARK AND TREGEAR COULD BE THE CLUCKY CAP­I­TALS OF SYD­NEY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

MT DRUITT is help­ing the na­tion’s birthrate tick along af­ter record­ing some of the high­est rates in Syd­ney.

The Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics stated par­ents in Leth­bridge Park and Tregear are each hav­ing one child more than the na­tional av­er­age.

There are a lot of kids in our street but I wouldn’t have thought it was the high­est (in Syd­ney). We plan to have one more baby but not three or four. It is too hard to af­ford it th­ese days.

– OLIVIA HARVEY

PAR­ENTS in the Mt Druitt re­gion have recorded some of the high­est birth rates in Syd­ney.

Aus­tralia Bureau of Statis­tics data has re­vealed the sub­urbs of Tregear and Leth­bridge Park have a birth rate of 2.88 per 1000 peo­ple, while Bid­will, Hebersham and Emerton recorded a rate of 2.61.

This is al­most one child more than the na­tional av­er­age, which stands at 1.80 ba­bies per woman – which is down from 1.88 in 2013.

Western Syd­ney recorded some of the high­est birthrates in the Syd­ney metro re­gion, in­clud­ing Auburn lo­cal gov­ern­ment area at 2.25, while Syd­ney CBD had the low­est rate at 1.04.

Black­town and Pen­rith lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas recorded birth rates higher than the na­tional av­er­age, with rates at 2.14 and 1.93 re­spec­tively.

Other parts of Western Syd­ney also scored highly with Lakemba record­ing 2.80 and Guild­ford 2.70.

De­mog­ra­pher Matthew Deac­con said the re­sults were not sur­pris­ing.

“Lower so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas usu­ally have this trend, peo­ple liv­ing in pub­lic hous­ing tend to have more chil­dren as they have se­cure homes,” he said.

Scott and Olivia Harvey, of Leth­bridge Park, both work full-time and own their home. This year they had their first child, Ros­alee, and said they were shocked the area had such a high birth rate.

“There are a lot of kids in our street but I wouldn’t have thought it was the high­est,” Mrs Harvey said. “We plan to have one more baby but not three or four. It is too hard to af­ford it th­ese days.”

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Olivia Harvey, with daugh­ter Ros­alee, 9 months, is sur­prised Mt Druitt’s birth rate is so high.

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