145 Census Collectors hit the streets of the North Shore

29 July 2011 | NSW/47

Census Collectors will hit the streets and hills of the North Shore today to deliver Census forms to every home, apartment block, hotel and hospital.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has employed 145 Census Collectors to travel to every corner of the North Shore to ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

It takes a special type of person to help carry out Australia’s biggest peacetime operation, and one of those is Mrs Sue Davis a Census Area Supervisor for Lane Cove.

In 1991, Sue delivered forms to residents living in Coogee apartment blocks. With few lifts, lots of steps and plenty of hills it was hard work - especially as Sue had her one year old daughter, Nicole, slung over one shoulder and a Census satchel hanging off the other.

Twenty years later, Sue has returned to the Census fold and her 21 year old university student daughter has joined her as a Census Collector.

“I was born in Lane Cove and have spent most of my life here, I love the North Shore,” Sue beams.

“Nicole and I are both Leaders for the 1st Lane Cove Girl Guides and in this capacity we visit local nursing homes, help the annual ‘Clean Up Australia’ campaign and participate in the local Anzac Day ceremonies.”

Sue has witnessed considerable change in Lane Cove over the past decade and expects this to be reflected in the forthcoming Census.

“Lane Cove West students totalled 195 nine years ago. Today enrolments have doubled to around 400 students. There are a lot of young families moving into the area. It’ll be interesting to see just how many."

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