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By Brad Lester
THE average South Gippslander in
2011 was 44, just as likely to be female
as male, live in a house with someone
else and only speak English at home.
That was according to the 2011 Census and
when the results from tonight’s (Tuesday) Cen-
sus are tallied, statisticians will be keen to see if
the typical local of today is any different.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
will run tonight’s event that collects information
about Australians to support funding decisions
for services and infrastructure.
The 2011 Census showed that South
Gippsland Shire had 27,208 residents, of whom
13,415 were male and 13,793 female, with the
biggest age range, at 8.1 percent, between 60
The typical family had 1.9 children.
While 11,933 people were married, 1918 had
been divorced, 680 were separated, and 5984
had never married.
More than 84 percent were born in Australia,
with 1086 hailing from England, with New Zea-
land, Netherlands, Italy and Germany the other
main countries of origin.
Just over 31 percent reported being of no
religion, while Anglican, Catholic and Uniting
were the top three religions followed.
Forty-five percent of people worked more
than 40 hours a week and the most popular jobs
On the radar: tradies, Scots, brides and reli-
gion all featured in South Gippsland and Bass
Coast shires during the 2011 Census. What will
tonight’s (Tuesday) Census reveal?
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Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and In-
dustry president Brenton Williams was delighted
with the news.
“It would be great to see a park where we could
have concerts and markets. If you look at Mirboo
North, Inverloch and Wonthaggi, all those towns
that do well, they all have parks in the middle of
town,” he said.
The project is the latest to improve Leongatha,
with the construction of the heavy vehicle bypass
now underway and council planning to redevelop
Bair Street into a pedestrian friendly shopping
Council’s manager planning Paul Stampton said
of the rail project, “It will provide additional car
parking, link the revitalised Bair Street to the rail
trail and rail yards through a renewed connection
point on the site of the old pedestrian bridge, and
provide a solution to the poor state of the rail yards.”
The railway station will remain given its local
heritage protection but could be used for a com-
“It would be an awesome restaurant and cafe
at the start of the rail trail,” Mr Williams said.
“It would be great to able to drive off Long
Street, cut through the bank and drive right around
back to the highway (near the courthouse), and
encourage people with caravans to park and have
access to town.”
Immediate past chamber president Peter Wa-
tchorn was excited by the news after advocating
for progress for many years.
“We just want to see some action on this. It’s
so long overdue,” he said.
In another boon for Leongatha, council will
spend $1.4 million on redeveloping the entrance
to Leongatha in Anderson Street, on the Korum-
burra side of town.
Council will resurface the area in front of busi-
nesses between SG Hire and Shield Master, and
install new kerb and channelling.
It will also build a narrow concrete strip along-
side the highway to create improved parking.
“The works will improve the appearance of
this area and also improve safety for traffic on the
highway including vehicles entering and leaving
this area,” Mr Stampton said.
Council sought feedback about a concept de-
sign from business owners and operators during
April, and is now preparing a detailed design.
Works are expected to be undertaken this fi-
nancial year, with a tender for the works expected
to be advertised in late 2016.
Rail precinct revitalisation
Count yourself in tonight
were managers (22 percent), tradies (15.1 per-
cent), professionals (13.7 percent), labourers
(12.3 percent) and administration (10.2 per-
Dairying was the biggest employer, followed
by beef and sheep, then education, hospitals and
Workers earned an average of $481 a week
and 29.3 percent of the population volunteered
at any time during the previous year.
That year, 29,614 people lived in Bass Coast
Shire, with 15,115 females and 14,499 males,
with an average age of 46. Again, the 60 to 64
age bracket was the most populous, also with
8.1 percent of people.
The typical family had 1.8 children, and 50.8
percent of people were married, 905 separated
and 2564 divorced.
Just under 80 percent were born in Australia,
while others came from England, New Zealand,
Netherlands, Italy and Scotland.
While 30.1 percent of residents were non-be-
lievers, there were more Catholics in Bass Coast
than South Gippsland Shire.
Workers also worked hard, with 43.2
percent putting in more than 40 hours
a week, with tradies comprising
18 percent of the workforce,
followed by managers, pro-
fessionals, labourers, sales
works, community service
workers, admin staff and
Education was the
biggest employer in
Bass Coast, followed
by cafes and restau-
hospitals and accom-
weekly personal in-
come was $472 and
just 139 people caught
public transport to
FROM August 1, households received a letter with a unique Census login.
Every household must use it tonight Tuesday, August 9 to complete the Cen-
sus online, or follow the directions to order a paper form.
The Census Inquiry Service is open from 8.30am to 10pm daily (EST) on 1300 214 531.
The Paper Form Request Service is open 24/7 on 1300 820 275. For further information on the
2016 Census, visit census.abs.gov.au
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