40 Census Collectors hit the streets of Cowra, Young and surrounds

29 July 2011 | NSW/57

40 Census Collectors will hit the streets and roads of Cowra, Young and surrounds today to deliver Census forms to every home and farm in the region and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

One of those clicking up the kilometres is first time Census Area Supervisor Vanessa Fagan, who will looking after the rural areas of East Woodstock, North Cononin, South Kooranath, West Gooloogong and Canowindra.

Like many parts of NSW, heavy rain over the past few months has affected roads and Vanessa pinpoints this as a major obstacle for her team of local Census Collectors.

“The local geography will be the biggest challenge. Impassable roads, goat tracks, mud, dwellings backing onto the Conimbla National Park and out-of-date maps all make delivering Census forms an experience," Vanessa says.

Vanessa is also aware there will be many shearers and mining teams in the region some living in sheds or temporary accommodation on farms.

“Some of the shearers get accommodation and they can be a long way from the homestead. We are chatting to property owners to locate all local shearing sheds and make sure each person receives a Census form.

“There are also exploration mining teams located in temporary quarters around the region that we will be tracking down."

The 2011 Census will be the second time people can complete the Census online using eCensus.

"The eCensus is convenient for everyone. You won’t need to wait for your local Census Collector to pick up your completed form as they'll get a text message saying you've jumped online."

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