70 Census Collectors hit the streets of Clarence Valley

29 July 2011 | NSW/83

70 Census Collectors will hit the streets and waterways of the Clarence Valley today to deliver Census forms to every home, farm, houseboat and hotel and ensure every person is counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

Claudette Haugh, who has lived most of her life on Woodford Island, is working on her fourth Census, this time as an Area Supervisor overseeing a team of ten Collectors.

“My patch includes Woodford Island, Ashby, Tully Morgan, Lawrence, Southgate, Junction Hill, Coledale, Fortis Creek and the growth area of Gulmarrad," Claudette says.

"I've recruited a great team and the only challenge we are expecting is the weather. We’ve had a lot of rain and roads could be awful, but we will do whatever is takes to deliver Census forms to everyone."

As local sugarcane and beef cattle farmers, Claudette and her husband Ralph have witnessed many changes in the Valley.

“The whole region is growing; there are a lot more people moving here. Lots of retirees are attracted to the area and coming for a sea change.

"I remember when the local high school had 300 enrolled and now 1000 students attend McLean High," Claudette says.

""It's so important that we get an accurate count of local growth so that we can continue to receive the services we need."

This year’s Census will be the second time people can complete the Census online.

“We’ll be encouraging people to use the fast and simple eCensus option, which will hopefully reduce the amount of trips back to collect forms."

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