Region’s diversity proves a drawcard
MORE than half of Mt Druitt residents were born overseas.
That 52 per cent was represented by many of the small business owners and employees The Standard spoke to in Mt Druitt last week.
Many were born overseas, had parents born overseas, or had grandparents who migrated here.
Chloe Baker, 19, from Ben Price Estate Agents, is a perfect example.
Ms Baker grew up in Mt Druitt, and still lives in Oakhurst.
Her nan came from Italy, and the family has stayed in the area ever since.
“I’ve been here my whole life; you can’t take the Mt Druitt out of the person, I guess,” Ms Baker said.
Small business is important to Mt Druitt, and employs many youth.
Blacktown City’s economy sustains about 30,000 businesses and 110,000 jobs.
More than 25 per cent of youth are not in work or education in the suburbs of Bidwill, Blackett, Lethbridge Park, Tregear, Whalan and Willmot, meaning local jobs are important.
Nagi Soliman, 60, lives in Bella Vista, but employs people at his Mt Druitt Pharmacy.
He immigrated from Egypt 30 years ago.
“I’ve had the business for 23 years,” Mr Soliman said.
“It’s a nice community; I love it here. I’ve been in plenty of other places for work, and this is the best one.”
Wiltar Jajaw, 26, works at Property Link Realty, and plans to stay in Mt Druitt for life.
“I married in November,” Mr Jajaw said.
“My wife’s folks are in Oakhurst, my folks live in Rooty Hill.
“We’ve just moved into Mt Druitt.
“It’s a multicultural place. There’s so many different types of people – you attract people from everywhere around here.
“I 100 per cent want to stay here my whole life.”
Pharmacist Nagi Soliman.