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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

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“I used to live out near Woodberry; basically, the sketchy back-end of Maitland.

Not a great area. Drive-bys and home invasions - it’s a regular occurrence. Like, you’d be sitting at your mates place and the next thing you know the house next door would get shot up.

It was initially scary but you get used to it.

My biggest struggle, seeing as I’ve just moved back here, is trying to find work. At the moment I’ll take anything. I’m 18 and I’m 1500 bucks in debt. Got kicked out by the old girl and, long story short, I pinched a car and got into a car crash.

So, I’ve gotta find my own place. Gotta find work first though. Gotta pay off my debt, buy a new car and then get my own place.

When I was 15 I did move to Melbourne. I moved in with this chick and I was living there for about two years but, yeah, had to move back up. We broke up.

It was hard. It’s still hard. Moreso due to what happened. Not because of her. Because I made the mistake a lot of teenagers do. And at the last second before the cut-off, she got an abortion. And that’s what put the nail in the coffin for us.

I’m training to be a chef at the moment so I can move back to Melbourne. There’s only four weeks left of this course that I’m doing and then I’m going to go over to Kurri TAFE for their Cert. III course in Commercial Cookery. I’m just gonna save until I’ve got a deposit on an apartment in Melbourne. I loved living there; the music and the food … that’s the perfect city to live in.”

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