The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - ED­WARD BOYD

BUSI­NESS is boom­ing for Natalie Akkari — and she puts it all down to be­ing based in Western Syd­ney. A gov­ern­ment re­port has found the re­gion has one of the strong­est an­nual pop­u­la­tion growth rates in the coun­try at 2.08 per cent. Ms Akkari said that has been great news for her Montes­sori Mer­ry­lands child­care cen­tre. “We have a con­stant base of con­tin­ued fam­i­lies com­ing through,” she said. “By the time a child moves onto pri­mary school then their new sib­ling comes along. There is al­ways a de­mand for child­care in Western Syd­ney.” Ms Akkari said when she took over the child­care cen­tre in 2010 it was strug­gling at just 20 per cent oc­cu­pancy, but now it is fully stocked with 53 chil­dren. She put that growth was down to word-of-mouth re­fer­rals from de­lighted par­ents in the area. “We rarely do any ad­ver­tis­ing, ” she said.

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