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LETHBRIDGE PARK AND TREGEAR COULD BE THE CLUCKY CAPITALS OF SYDNEY
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.”
Olivia Harvey, with daughter Rosalee, 9 months, is surprised Mt Druitt’s birth rate is so high.