480 Census Collectors hit the streets roads and mountains of the Illawarra

29 July 2011 | NSW/66

From the shores of the Pacific to the ruggedness of the escarpment, south of the Royal National Park down to the Shoalhaven River, 480 Census Collectors will pound the pavement from today to deliver forms to every home in the Illawarra ahead of Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

One of the most experienced Census Collectors in the region is 54 year old James Quinn who is taking part in his seventh Census this year.

"I really enjoy working on the Census every five years. I started way back in 1976, only missing the '86 count, and I find it a very rewarding experience.

"Not only do you get to meet some great people but you're doing something positive for the community." explains James.

A City Rail Customer Service Officer at Albion Park Station, the former Sydneysider has fully embraced the Illawarra, living in Corrimal with his wife and nine year old daughter.

"I love Wollongong. It has all the benefits of Sydney but is more relaxed, friendlier and a great environment to raise a family.

"As a parent you worry about the future of your children and Census information helps plan vital services and facilities, so that's just another reason why it's important that everyone is counted in the Census," James says.

This year’s Census will be the second time people can complete the Census online and it’s expected up-to thirty per cent of households will choose this method.

"I'll be promoting the eCensus to everyone. It really is a convenient option for people and let’s face it; we do everything else on the internet, why not the Census?" James adds.

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