My name is Amie, I guess I'm born and bred here in Western Sydney. I'm lucky that I work in Parramatta, at a PricewaterhouseCoopers. I live down the road so I'm about a 20-minute walk into the office.
I am married to my husband, Leon, who I actually met at high school, so we are high school sweethearts, we also have two gorgeous boys, Ben and Jacob, who are seven and five years old. So, quite a busy, hectic family life at home.
As any parent would know, getting time to spend with your significant other half is not easy, because we both work in Parramatta and we're so close to each other, you know, we can just duck out and you know, grab something to eat. Our favourite would have to be 'Circa', it's a lovely cafe, you know, they change their menu, so every time you go there, there's something a little bit different and it's always got quality coffee.
If I'm busy, my husband can do pick up, vice versa, when he's busy, I can pick up the slack, it's dual parenting. Which for me, as a young woman trying to have a meaningful professional career, knowing that we're definitely sharing that parenting load, it means more than anything.
When we both did work in the city, I had my youngest in day-care and it was too stressful. We would actually have to do breakfast and dinner on the train, so that was always fun. The pram with the school bag, with all of my stuff for work, so the day I got a job in Parramatta, it's so much easier. There's less tantrums, everybody's just a lot less stressed.
In the mornings, when I'm in a rush and I'm, you know, running up to my desk after dropping everybody off at school and day-care, downstairs from my office is a place called 'Piccolo Me', and Sam there, who's the owner, he's just absolutely amazing and he'll put a smile on your face, no matter what start to the day you've had. Plus his coffee is amazing.
Parramatta has the restaurants, it has things for us to do with the kids and it's central to everything, It means that we don't have to battle with the traffic. It's an easy place to get around, it's a good solid hub.
It's just, it's been so exciting to watch Parramatta start to flourish and to grow into the city that it really is and can be. I am proud to be from Parramatta because of the diversity that we have in the sense of inclusion, I love Parramatta! I do, it's my home. And I am so incredibly proud to be part of it, I couldn't think of a better place to be raising my family and I couldn't think of a better place to be working.