Mayor Tom Tate is calling on all residents to participate in the 2016 Census tonight to ensure the Gold Coast gets its share of the funding pie.
With the Census of Population and Housing only occurring every five years Cr Tate said it was important we make this one count.
“We know Census data is a critical factor in the distribution of government funding, future decision making and planning,” Cr Tate said.
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“An accurate snapshot of our city will ensure that we get our share of state and federal funding.
“This means funding for housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals and the environment.
“I’m asking Gold Coasters to ‘help me help you’, because it’s this data that helps me advocate the best possible deals from Canberra and Brisbane for our city.
“The consensus is – fill in your census.”
He said Census data is also used by individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors to make informed decisions on policy and planning issues that affect the lives of all Australians.
Cr Tate said he doesn’t want local residents to be fined by not taking part.
“The Federal Government has promised to dish out hefty fines to those who don’t participate. Don’t let that be you.”
The Census is Australia’s largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.