Re­gion’s di­ver­sity proves a draw­card

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

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.

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