TRAN FAMILY HAPPY MAKING DOUGH AT ‘FAVOURITE’ SHOP
MT DRUITT shop owners, the Tran family at Hot Bread Bakery, make up the social fabric of the area.
They epitomise some of the key indicators in the Blacktown
City Social Profile 2016 – family members were born overseas and they have chosen to establish and work locally.
The Trans said residents in the area felt like family after serving them for more than a decade.
“We have had this business for 16 years now,” Tracy Tran said.
“We have four other bakeries but this is the best and favourite one.
“We feel like the community is part of our family.”
Their example of a Vietnamese small business family echoes the social profile that Mt Druitt is a highly multicultural area with more than 52 per cent of people born overseas, and with a large small business cohort.
Despite disadvantage, residents are still overwhelmingly happy in their neighbourhood.
“We feel welcome and the people here have always been very friendly to us,” Tracy said.
“Mt Druitt has changed and become diverse.
“There are a lot more cultures coming in and it’s great.
“The population is growing, which means more business too.”
The Vietnamese family began putting down roots after mum, Huong, 58, moved to Australia in 1983.
“I have been here for longest and it’s good because the customers are much nicer here. They are very friendly and we keep each other happy,” she said.
Fadi Elias, 38, runs Mt Druitt Loan Express, taking over the shop after working there for seven years.
He is married with three children and has moved to Kellyville Ridge. It’s a decision he regrets because he misses the people – after growing up in Shalvey.
“I think people are still down to earth in Mt Druitt,” Mr Fadi said.
“No one feels like they are above anyone else.”
Mr Fadi said his parents migrated from Lebanon 45 years ago. His family was the first of Mediterranean descent on the street but “once everyone (on the street) got to know them they were fine, and I’m still mates with them decades later”.
Maggie Rahme, 45, is another business owner of Lebanese heritage. She runs a pizza shop.
“I wouldn’t go anywhere else; I won’t change now,” she said.
“There is space and the community is great.”
Joy Tran, 24, her sister Tracy, 36, and their mother Huong Tran, 58, from the Hot Bread Bakery, Mt Druitt. Picture: David Swift