50 Census Collectors hit the streets of Albury

29 July 2011 | NSW/87

50 Census Collectors will hit the streets of Albury today to deliver Census forms to each and every household in the area and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

Karen Lush, who works for the Department of Human Services in Albury, is returning as a Census Collector for her second time this year.

“I was a Collector in the Norris Park area last Census and I really enjoyed the experience. I found everybody happy to see me," Karen says.

“This time I’ll be dropping off and collecting forms in Springdale Heights which presents a different set of challenges to Norris Park.

"There’s a caravan park and an overnight truck stop where people will need to be accurately counted. I also have a Community House where people with disabilities live.

“Wherever people are on census night they need to fill out the form. We are working hard locally to make sure we don't miss anyone."

Karen, who has been an Albury resident for 22 years, is passionate about the importance of the Census for local infrastructure and services.

"The Census is really important to determine the services we need for our Border community for the future.”

This is the second year that households can complete the Census online using eCensus and it’s expected around 30 per cent of Australians will take up this option.

"The eCensus is the way to go. I will be encouraging as many people as I can to take advantage of eCensus," Karen adds.

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