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Daniella Borg of Midland and eight of her daughters appear in Family Rules the second season of which starts on November 14.

Family Rules back this month

NOONGAR woman Daniella Borg and eight of her nine daughters appear in the second season of Family Rules, which starts on National Indigenous Television on November 14.

Ms Borg, who is the community engagement officer and Aboriginal indigenous education officer at Governor Stirling Senior High School, said filming for the second season of the reality series started last year.

Filming, over a five-month period and finished earlier this year, was mostly carried out in Midland.

The second series follows Daniella and Rule sisters – Hannah, Jessica, Aleisha, Sharna, Kelly, Kiara, Shenika and Angela – as one daughter was unavailable during the filming period.

The sisters lost their dad when he was the victim of a one-punch assault when Hannah was about five-weeks-old.

Ms Borg said losing him when she had a new baby, one at pre-primary through to girls in their teens and one at university was difficult for all of them.

“They all needed me for themselves and to find time for my own needs as well was a constant struggle,’’ she said.

But the girls all learnt to share and her eldest daughter Angela was not only the big sister but she also played a parenting role as well and was a big support for her mother.

Ms Borg said she also had support from her mother and family.

Daniella Borg says humour was her coping mechanism. Picture: ANITA McINNES

She raised her daughters to not be victims but to be as normal as possible, to not dwell on things and to be as happy as possible.

Family Rules is about telling a story and making connections using similarities such as facing your fears and differences such as cultural backgrounds and reconnecting with where you are from.

She said the show was entertaining as well.

“We are quite humorous within our family.

“I think that was my coping mechanism – I learned to lighten up a situation through humour or laughter.’’

Ms Borg was born in Perth and grew up in the southern suburbs before moving to Midland with her mother who originally came from Badjaling near Quairading.

They stayed in Midland for a few years then Ms Borg went to live in Bassendean before returning to Midland in 2010.

She finds her work with students and their families very rewarding.

“I love it when I see students graduate – Aboriginal education is a passion of mine.’’

She works full time, is studying for a degree in Social Science and is also a nanna to eight grandchildren – four girls and four boys.

In the first episode Sharna decides to face her fear of heights by crossing hot air ballooning off her bucket list but things don’t work out so she has to look at conquering her fear another way.

In a later episode some of the girls visit Norseman in their father’s Ngadju country. 

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. The best part of her job was meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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