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New South Wales

Census Collectors hit the streets of Young

29 July 2011 | NSW/80

16 Census Collectors will hit the streets of Young today to deliver Census forms to each and every house, cabin and cottage to ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

Local Census Collector Veronica Rae is excited to be delivering Census forms in her old neighbourhood.

"I'll probably catch up with some old friends, the exercise will be great and it's a lovely area up where the cherry orchids are," Veronica says.

Veronica also has a unique skill. She teaches welfare and childrens' services using puppets and also volunteers with Lambing Flat Enterprises working with people with disabilities.

"Puppets are great communicators. I use puppets as a medium to break down barriers," Veronica says.

"They can be used as role models to address bullying in schools with very good results. Elderly people relate to puppets too."

Veronica will be working with just as diverse a group of people when she hits the streets to deliver eCensus access codes and Census forms.

"There might be some cherry farm hands that I'll have to track down, a caravan park with visitors, a housing commission quarter which is quite multicultural and some local Aboriginal families," Veronica says.

Everyone in Australia on Census night needs to participate in the Census and this is the second time that the eCensus option is available.

"I think the eCensus will be really popular this time round with most people," Veronica 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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