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2903.0.55.002 - How Australia Takes a Census, 2006  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/08/2006  First Issue
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MEDIA RELEASE
July 25, 2006
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
SA31/2006
Census data helps your community: Collectors hit Port Lincoln

In just over two week’s time, on Tuesday 8 August 2006, more than 20.5 million people across Australia will be counted in the National Census. In South Australia, Census forms are about to be delivered to more than 670,000 households across the state by an army of Collectors from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

While most people are aware that they need to fill in a Census form on Census night, many may not be aware of the ways in which Census data is used to benefit their local community.

Mike McGrath, Regional Director, Australian Bureau of Statistics, South Australia, said:

“The Census gives us a snapshot of what is happening in local communities around the country once every five years. This information is invaluable in helping us to understand our communities and the characteristics within particular areas.”

Ms Janet Grocke, Project Officer, Port Lincoln City Council, urges everyone in the local community to fill out their Census form.

"The Census provides the opportunity for everyone in the Eyre Peninsula area for the chance to stand up and be counted. Census data provides the Council, as well as community organisations and businesses in the community, with accurate and detailed data so that we are able to provide the services that you, our residents, need.

“Census data is used in much of our strategic planning and community development work. This important data gives us information about the make up of our community, such as, how many people are living on the Eyre Peninsula, the range of ages in our community and whether people need assistance in their day to day lives. Through this information we are able to build a better future for our local area by directing services and facilities and developing programs where they are needed.”

Over the last few years the Port Lincoln City Council has used Census data in the following ways:

To substantiate the upgrading and building of new children facilities such as playgrounds. Census data was used to identify sites where future playgrounds could be considered, for instance the Highview Drive Playground. The use/demand for this playground is anticipated to increase as the area around Springfield Drive and Kurara Road develops.
To target health education/prevention programs for the elderly and youth for things such as immunisation, using Census demographics of the city.

Census Collectors will begin delivering Census forms from 28 July. They will return to your household to collect forms from 9 August to 28 August.

It is important that everyone is counted in the Census. By completing a Census form on 8 August, you can help plan for a better Australia, and a better community.

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