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New South Wales

230 Census Collectors hit the roads of the South Coast

29 July 2011 | NSW/55

230 Census Collectors will hit the streets, and where necessary water, of the South Coast today and deliver Census forms to every person ahead of Census night on Tuesday, 9 August.

Ross Constable is the local National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Ranger responsible for Montague Island, which is five nautical miles south east of Narooma, and he will be helping deliver Census forms.

"I'll be delivering Census forms by boat to field officers, researchers, their families and visitors staying on the island on Census night," Ross says.

"The Census is extremely important. It provides a vital snapshot of our population and what our needs are so that governments can plan ahead.

"The Census has got to happen no matter what. Everybody has got to get a form and NPWS are more than willing to assist in any way it can.”

Ross, who lives in Narooma and has worked for NPWS since 1974 is often the go to man for getting to hard to reach people.

“I’m used to getting Census forms delivered to those in unusual locations.

"The first Census I worked on was in 1981 and that was the biggest snow season on record in the Australian Alps. My job was to deliver forms to lodges in the snowy mountains.

"There were some great photos taken of me with a yellow Census Collector bag on a skidoo in a blizzard!"

Fortunately the weather omens look good for Ross this Census.

"We haven't been able to get to Montague Island for a week now. But the weather reports are looking good. We'll deliver forms as soon as the seas are calm enough," Ross adds.

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

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