160 Census Collectors hit the streets of Parramatta

29 July 2011 | NSW/85

160 Census Collectors will hit the streets of Parramatta today to deliver Census forms to every house and apartment in the area and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

Sisters Gayle Keegan and Annette Mainsbridge are both working on their second Census as Area Supervisors.

Gayle and her team of six Census Collectors will be looking after Parramatta while Annette and her team of nine Census Collectors will be responsible for the Westmead area.

While the areas have different characteristics, the sisters agree the one common problem will be the number of secure apartment buildings that have popped up in recent years.

"I’d be lucky to have a few hundred homes in my patch, but I have more than 70 apartment buildings and gaining access to some of these buildings can be challenging," Gayle says.

"However, I've got many strategies in place. I plan to have some of my Collectors stationed out front when tenants come home and we'll be dropping off flyers in letterboxes."

Annette agrees, “many apartment blocks are two stories or higher and residents can often be security conscious.

"I'm in close contact with many body corporates and we are also doing some thorough letterbox drops to inform residents to expect a knock on their door."

Gayle and Annette will be encouraging householders to take advantage of eCensus, the convenient and secure online option to complete the Census. Competing eCensus also means that your Census Collector will not need to return to your home to collect your form.

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