70 Census Collectors hit the streets and roads of Wagga Wagga

29 July 2011 | NSW/84

70 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census Collectors will hit the streets and roads of Wagga Wagga today to deliver Census forms to every home, hotel and dormitory and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

This year husband and wife team, Noelene and Bill Sullivan, will be counting Wagga residents as Census Collectors for a combined tenth time.

"This will be my sixth and Bill's fourth Census. This year I'll be collecting in Mt. Austin and Bill is looking after Tolland," Noelene says.

"We really look forward to helping out every five years. We particularly enjoy the experience, getting out and about meeting people plus getting some exercise.

“There is a lot of satisfaction in getting the job done well. We start today and we need to have all forms delivered by 7 August, only to head out again on 10 August to collect the completed forms."

The couple have seen a lot of change in the area since moving to Wagga from South Australia 22 years ago.

“Over the years the place has completely changed," Noelene says.

"There’s much more housing and a lot of commercial work. The population has grown with an influx of defence personnel and students going to Charles Sturt University and it has also become much more multicultural.

"The Census takes an important snapshot of this change and gives decision makers all the information they need to plan for the area's future," Noelene adds.

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