Tweed Heads and Tweed West are shire's biggest givers
DESPITE living in a low socio-economic shire, Tweed Heads and Tweed West residents are a generous lot, according to a new report, based on figures from the ATO.
The figures indicate the average donation from the 2485 postcode was $1604 - far above the national average of $461.47.
These donations were made by 31.34% of the suburbs' residents, just a notch below the national participation rate.
Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek were the next most generous in the shire, donating nearly $350 each.
All up, 36% of Tweed Shire taxpayers donated to charity in the 2010-11 financial year, at an average of $466 per person.
The national average sits at $461.
According to a report by the Queensland University of Technology based on ATO statistics, 38% of Australians claimed a charity donation on their tax return
The report suggests Australians have become significantly more generous in recent years.
"The total amount donated and claimed as tax-deductible donations in 2010-11 was $2.21 billion," the report stated.
"This constitutes an increase of $248 million from the previous income year."
Australian donations reached $1 billion in 2003, taking only eight years to double.
HOW GENEROUS WE WERE
Average generosity per person by postcode:
2483: Burringbar, Mooball, Crabbes Creek - $349.01
2484: Murwillumbah and surrounds - $244.78
2485: Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads Wes - $1604.01
2486: Tweed South, Banora Point, Bilambil, Terranora etc - $291.51
2487: Northern Tweed Coast - $342.20
2488: Bogangar, Cabarita, Tanglewood - $243.36
2489: Hastings Point & Pottsville - $185.41
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