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2903.0.55.002 - How Australia Takes a Census, 2006  
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MEDIA RELEASE
July 25, 2006
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
SA31/2006
Census data helps your community: Collectors hit Port Pirie


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 the Australian Bureau of Statistics army of Collectors.

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.”

Ian Burfitt, CEO of the Port Pirie Regional Council, urges everyone in the local community to fill out their Census form.

"The Census provides the opportunity for everyone in Port Pirie and surrounding areas 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 in our local area, 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 in the local area, the Port Pirie Regional Council has used Census data in the following ways:

To monitor population numbers and demographic profile to ensure we are directing services where they are most needed.
To evidence the development of the Port Pirie Foreshore Redevelopment Project including fishing and boating.
To attract new businesses to the community.
To make informed decisions on applications to build new retirement residences in the area due to the growing number of older people and baby boomers retiring.
To support the development of employment opportunities for people in the regions, particularly older people.

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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