Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

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

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