Barry Leddicoat

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.



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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