Mayor Lyn McLaughlin is urging all Burdekin residents to complete the Census on Tuesday, August 9.
“It’s very important that everyone in the Burdekin Shire fills out the Census form on Tuesday night, including visitors to our region, as this will provide data used by state and federal governments to determine funding allocations,” she said.
“If we don’t have accurate figures from our shire we will miss out on funding for which we are eligible.
“The information collected helps local, state and federal governments plan services for our community, such as housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals and the environment.
“It provides data that will help us make informed decisions on policy and planning.”
Cr McLaughlin said many residents would not be aware that it was compulsory to complete the Census.
“Failing to do this could lead to a fine of up to $180 a day until the form is returned,” she said.
“Providing false or misleading information also attracts a fine of up to $1800.
“I urge residents to ensure they fill out the form correctly and not risk being penalised.”
The Census of Population and Housing, which last took place in 2011, is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The form can be completed online or via the paper form which was delivered by mail this week.
For more information about the Census go to abs.gov.au/census