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Friday, 29th July, 2011

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Census collector Carol Rowlands wants to ensure everyone is included in the Census, including Sian Morris and her daughter Isla Staker who was born on Tuesday this week. SPECIAL DELIVERY: Census collector Carol Rowlands wants to ensure everyone is included in the Census, including Sian Morris and her daughter Isla Staker who was born on Tuesday this week.

She might only be a few days old but gorgeous little Isla Staker will be included in the Census.

From today Census forms will be delivered to every home, hotel and farm in the area to ensure everyone is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, August 9.

Census veteran Carol Rowlands is this year managing a team of seven collectors.

Ms Rowlands has been working on the Census since 1971, twice as a collector, and this, her fourth time, as an Area Supervisor.

“I’m really excited to be back again. I love working on the Census. Where would we be without it?” Ms Rowlands said.

“Census information plays a vital role in helping the authorities accurately plan for our region’s future.

“Over the past decade a lot of people thought the population around here was declining but in fact many people are moving back to Broken Hill.

“This Census will give a true picture of who we are as a region and what services and facilities we need.”

Ms Rowlands said changes in accommodation, particularly around the town centre, poses new challenges for this Census.

“There are lots of flats now and people living above shops. If there are people living there, we will be making sure they receive a form.

“I’m also in close dialogue with the local police and the Salvation Army to identify where those without a fixed address may be on Census night. 

“It’s important that we are able to count everyone, including those experiencing homelessness. This is why we offer lots of assistance to those that need it.”

More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census or by calling the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776.

 

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