Census collectors hit the local roads
Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011
Local Pat Jones is one of 60 Census collectors who have hit the roads of Broken Hill to deliver Census forms to every home, hotel and grazier in the area.
The collectors started last Friday and will aim to ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night which is next Tuesday.
Ms Jones said she covered an area from Nicholls to Oxide Streets and was making sure all the census’ were delivered.
However, for those locals who work all day a form will be left at their house or they can fill in an online-census.
Carol Roland is managing a team of seven collectors responsible for the Census count in Broken Hill.
Carol has been working on the Census since 1971, twice as a collector, and this, her fourth time, as an area supervisor.
“Census information plays a vital role in helping the authorities accurately plan for our region’s future,” Carol said.
“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.”
As a local, Carol can see how housing is changing, particularly around the town centre, which 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.”
More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census or by calling the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776.