Who we are
We are an informal, not-for-profit group, managed by our members. We receive no external funding.
We cover rural areas of southern Queensland in the catchment of the Condamine River, and we are linked to the Australian national network of Community Exchanges www.communityexchange.net.au, the Australian network of LETS groups Links here and we are part of the international network www.community-exchange.org
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Join us and share
We are a growing group and we invite you to join us. Our local exchange gives you many opportunities to share.
SHARE - your knowledge, your excess goods, your skills, your experience, your time - EXCHANGE
How trading works
Offers and wants appear on our website or catalog. A member makes contact with another member to make an exchange. Members agree on its value, in units of our virtual currency, and make the exchange. Then, the seller enters the exchange online. If you prefer to use paper, not computer, a paper-based system is available.
We call our virtual currency Credits, and 1 Credit is notionally equivalent to $1 in value.
Our diversity is our greatest strength
Michael Linton, in Canada, devised a "Local Exchange and Trading System" known as LETS, as a way of helping his small rural community on Vancouver Island, which had been hard hit by the 1980′s recession.
The idea spread across the globe and was very successful.
In 2003 a South African LETS member, Tim Jenkins, launched an online system to serve LETS groups. This system is known as the Community Exchange System (CES). Most LETS groups moved onto the online system - some kept their old LETS names and others changed to be called Community Exchanges.
A complementary economy for local prosperity