This year the City of Greater Geraldton is making it easier for residents to complete their Census by holding hubs to help people fill out their forms.
On 9 and 10 August there will be hubs in the CBD, Spalding, Rangeway and Mullewa. Each hub will allow members of the public access to a computer, as well as volunteers who will be available to offer assistance.
In addition to providing assistance with Census, select hubs will also be providing free food and entertainment.
“We are making it easier for locals to complete their census by setting up four hubs so if you need assistance to complete your form, simply bring your Census letter with you to a hub and our volunteers will help you out,” City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said.
“Census are encouraging people to fill out their forms online and some people might not have access to a computer or the internet, and some people may just need help with filling out their form, so we are providing people with those resources.”
People in the Greater Geraldton district will receive a letter in the mail with a special code for them to go online and fill out the form. Those who would like a hard copy can request one.
Residents in Mullewa will receive a hard-copy form.
Mayor Van Styn is urging all local residents to take part in the Census to ensure that the populations of Greater Geraldton and the Midwest region are represented properly and therefore are eligible for crucial community services.
“Some members of the community have been put off participating in Census in previous years because of unfounded fears that their information will be passed around,” he said.
“I have been assured that this is not the case – personal information that is collected during the Census is not shared with other Government agencies.”
Those wishing to take advantage of a Census hub will need to be able to produce their special Census letter, which started arriving at households from 1 August 2016.