Still counting Coonamble

22 August 2011 | NSW/123

11 Census Collectors are sweeping across every corner of the Coonamble Shire to collect completed forms as part of the national Census of Population and Housing, which took place on Tuesday 9 August.

Carol Mayoh, who grew up in Coonamble, is a first time Census Collector who is having a great time getting out and about in the region as part of the Census team.

"As part of my role as a Census Collector, I got to go down to the Woolondoon shearing shed to talk to the shearers about the Census,” Carol says.

"They were all very interested and asked me lots of questions about why the Census is so important.

"I could relate to them having been brought up on a property myself. I even helped them needle a race full of ewes while I was there!”

Born in Quambone, Carol spent most of her life in Coonamble before moving to Rowena. Locals may also recognise her from working at the pub or teaching at Rowena Public School.

"Living in a rural community, you don't get to see everyone everyday so it's been a great way to get to know the locals,” Carol says.

"I'm impressed with the number of people, especially older people, who have chosen to complete the form online using the eCensus. It means I won't have to return to their house to pick up a paper form.”

Carol is travelling some great distances as part of her role as a Census Collector - one of the households that she is responsible for is around 60 kilometres away.

"The travel is of course part of the job. It makes it easier that people recognise me as soon as they see me approaching with my bright yellow Collector bag and official photo ID tag," Carol says.

"I'm really having a great experience. I think I will do it again next time in 2016.”

It's not too late to complete your 2011 Census form. Census Collectors will be out collecting until 28 August and the online eCensus option is also still open

For more information visit www.abs.gov.au/census or call 1300 338 776