Census collector Daphne Williams is one of the 28 people re-tracing their steps to collect forms around the Tweed district.
Census collector Daphne Williams is one of the 28 people re-tracing their steps to collect forms around the Tweed district.

Long way to the top, when you?ve got to collect forms

By Hugh Kearney

The forms have been filled out, now the hard work begins.

Between now and August 28 collectors will be out retracing their steps to collect the thousands of Census forms they distributed to households around the Tweed.

North coast district manager of the Census Peter Baines said collectors would be knocking on doors to collect the forms in the next few days, unless poeple had chosen to do their E-Census return on-line.

Mr Baines is responsible for overseeing 31 supervisors and around 220 collectors in the region from the border south to Broadwater.

Amongst his charges is first-time collector Daphne Williams who moved to South Tweed just eight months ago.

Yesterday, two days after Census night, Ms Williams was following up her contacts in the Pinehurst high-rise apartments in South Tweed.

"I saw an ad on the internet inviting applications and I thought I'd like to give it a try," Ms Williams said.

"So far most people have been very nice," she said.

"There's been the usual grumbles about filling in forms but I have had no refusals at all. In fact many want to have a chat and even invite me in for a cup of coffee.

"I wish I could spare the time, but there's too much to be done," she said.

"I have met some very interesting people including a woman who was a collector for the first Census in Darwin when aborigines were first included in the count."

Ms Williams said she had never felt unsafe doing her work and only on a couple of occasions decided not to enter a yard because of dogs running loose.

"I have about 400 contacts and I can't complain about any of them," she said. "I would definitely think about doing it again next time."

People with questions about the Census can call the Census inquiry line 1300 362 883.



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