Just hours old, the son of Rachel and Brett Spies will be one of the youngest people to be counted in this year’s Census.
Just hours old, the son of Rachel and Brett Spies will be one of the youngest people to be counted in this year’s Census. Emma Channon

Newborn's arrival to be counted

ARRIVING three days before his due date, the son of Warwick’s Rachel and Brett Spies will be the youngest Warwick person to be included in this year’s Census.

The boy – his name was yet to be decided at the time of print – was born at 12.58pm yesterday, leaving enough time for his parents to include his information on their household’s form tonight.

He is the newest sibling to brothers Tyson, 8, Cooper, 5, and Declan, 2.

Mrs Spies said her son’s early arrival caught her by surprise.

“His being three days early was different for me. All other times I’ve had to be induced,” she said.

Tonight, Mrs Spies will recover in hospital with the newest member of the family while Mr Spies completes the Census at home.

With four sons, Mr Spies said funding could go towards helping local sport.

“Our kids play soccer and I help coach one of my son’s teams,” he said.

“Money could definitely go towards the up-keep of the grounds and to having more trained personnel and qualified referees.”

Mr Spies said other activities he did with “his boys” included taking them fishing, as well as gymnastics.

He said he thought it was “very important” for all to fill out the national form, to make sure the right services received attention.

Warwick people have two options to complete the Census forms – via the paper form or online using eCensus.

Head of Population Census program Paul Lowe said he expected 30% of the population to use the eCensus option.

“It’s a fast, easy and secure alternative to the traditional paper form and it is protected by the strongest encryption technology available,” he said.

In the last Census in 2006, 19,855,288 people were counted in Australia. Of these, 206,358 were overseas visitors and 455,031 identified as Indigenous Australians.

Census forms will be collected from households from Thursday.



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