Tweed Shire Community Exchange administrator Dolph Cooke with his 300-karma car.
Tweed Shire Community Exchange administrator Dolph Cooke with his 300-karma car. Blainey Woodham/Tweed Daily News

Karma kicks into gear

DOLPH Cooke can boast the cheapest car on the Tweed - because it did not cost him any money.

The Burringbar resident bought his latest set of wheels for 300 karma points, a bartering system used in the Tweed Shire Community Exchange.

“The exchange works exactly the same as the cash world but without cash,” Mr Cooke said.

“So you can buy, sell, teach, help, work for and exchange your skills, labour, products and creativity for an agreed sum. You can then use that sum to buy or use something else.”

Mr Cooke, who is the exchange's administrator, said his 300-karma car was a great find.

“I got it registered the next week, it was a fantastic buy. I also bought a brand new petrol whipper snipper from the Central Coast for 35 karmas.”

And he added there were no limits to what can be exchanged.

“I have rented a rooster so my ladies could get babies. And now I don't need an alarm clock,” he said.

The online exchange has a market stall once a month at different locations to help spread the word.

“We also have things to sell for karmas or we might take cash if you're an ultra nice shopper,” Mr Cooke said.

“Once we get enough members we will have a market day just for exchange people where you can buy everything on full karmas.”

The Tweed Shire Community Exchange is free to join and each new member gets 1000 karmas to start using straight away.

Visit www.tweedshire.info



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