70 Census Collectors hit the streets of Willoughby

29 July 2011 | NSW/45

70 Census Collectors will hit the streets of Willoughby today to deliver Census forms to every home, apartment block and houseboat ahead of Census night on Tuesday, 9 August.

Former Willoughby Councillor and previous Census Collector, Mrs Mary Johnston has been employed as an Area Supervisor overseeing the Census count for Northbridge, Castlecrag, Middle Cove and Castle Cove.

Having served on Council for three terms Mary understands the importance of the Census first hand.

“The results that come out of the Census provide invaluable information for the three tiers of government. The Community Services component of Willoughby Council frequently used Census data to establish a case," Mary says.

Mary’s team of Census Collectors will be doorknocking ever single house in their area to deliver and collect Census forms.

“I chose people who volunteer, who wanted to do something for their community, have great interpersonal skills and were keen walkers with a really good tread on their shoes as my Census Collectors," Mary says.

“Although my patch is mainly comprised of homes and blocks of flats or apartments, we are working with the local Marina Manager to ensure we count those who may be sleeping on boats on Census night.”

This year’s Census will be the second time people can complete the Census online using the eCensus.

“Everyone I know has a computer and this is a very handy and convenient way of completing the form.”

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