140 Census Collectors hit the streets of Campbelltown

29 July 2011 | NSW/53

140 Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Census Collectors will hit the streets of Campbelltown today to deliver Census forms to every home, apartment block and hospital in the area and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

Heather Franchi has lived in the area for the past 17 years and is working on her third Census as an Area Supervisor, responsible for managing a team of Collectors in Raby.

An Assistant Principal at Claymore Primary, Mrs Franchi is passionate about the importance of getting an accurate local count so that decision makers can plan the right support services and facilities for the community.

“Census information plays a key role in the planning of services and infrastructure in our communities.

"To help address social problems in the area and improve services we need everyone counted in the Census," Mrs Franchi says.

The mother of two has a fascinating family tree with her mother’s family witnessing the arrival of the First Fleet to Australian shores.

Mrs Franchi has passed on her knowledge of Aboriginal culture to her team of Collectors ahead of the Census.

“There are a significant number of Aboriginals and Samoans living in Claymore, so I’ve recruited Collectors with links into these communities.

"The role of my team is to provide help and assistance to everybody that needs it. This is why I've hired Collectors who really want to give back to their local community," Mrs Franchi adds.

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