The Tweed as a whole is quite generous, but this pair is more dedicated than most. Diana Traversi and Michelle Mitchell from Rotary club of Coolangatta Tweed Heads have spent time in Nepal working to improve the lives of villagers. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
The Tweed as a whole is quite generous, but this pair is more dedicated than most. Diana Traversi and Michelle Mitchell from Rotary club of Coolangatta Tweed Heads have spent time in Nepal working to improve the lives of villagers. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

Well done Tweed, we’re a charitable bunch

RESIDENTS of the Tweed region have dug deep for charity, with some areas of the shire demonstrating above-average donation levels.

A report by Queensland University of Technology has revealed the figures of charity donations throughout Australia in the 2010-2011 financial year.

As a whole, about 36% of Tweed taxpayers claimed charity donations on their tax returns.

Of these people, an average of $466 was donated each.

This compares well to the national average of $461.

Australian Taxation Office figures indicate some Tweed Coast suburbs have had a slightly higher than average percentage of people donating to charity (39% compared to a national 38%).

Of all Tweed's suburbs, those with postcode 2486 have the largest number of generous people - 5,650 people from this area donated to charity.

On a national level, the report said Australians have become a whole lot 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."

The report said Australian donations reached one billion in 2003, taking only eight years to double.



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