40 Census Collectors hit the streets of Orange

29 July 2011 | NSW/50

40 Census Collectors will hit the streets of Orange today to deliver Census forms to every home, apartment block, farm and hotel and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

One of four Area Supervisors overseeing this year’s Census in Orange is part-time real estate agent and champion golfer, Susan Fenwick.

Susan, who was born in the United Kingdom, feels the Census is more relevant in Australia than in the UK where it is conducted every 10 years.

“Here the Census is conducted every five years which means our data is more up-to-date when it comes to town planning," Susan says.

“For instance, the recent mining boom in Orange has attracted extra people, whether permanently or on a short-term basis, and this growth will be recorded."

Winner of last year’s NSW Women’s Amateur Plate and current holder of the Duntryleague Ladies Open Tournament title, this golf champion has a clear vision of how to handle local challenges.

“My team are looking after the count in the CBD, so a key challenge is finding if there are people living in apartments above shops," Susan says.

“We also need to capture people in motels. Plus if anyone is staying overnight in the lock-up, I have asked the Police to let me know so we deliver the correct number of Census forms.”

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

“I’ll be surprised if it does not become the preferred method. People can do it in their own time and there is no need for Collectors to go back to collect the form. It is more convenient for everyone."

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