Dorrigo Community Exchange

Dorrigo New South Wales
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A Community Exchange helps people connect to share their time, energy, skills & talents. This system helps make the local economy more resilient, based on the principal that everyone has something to offer and everyone needs a hand sometimes.

How does it work?

You offer your help, services or items through the online system and get paid in units called ‘Minyas’ rather than $. You can then spend these units on anything other traders are offering. There are also ways to trade for those who don’t have computers or smart phones. You can trade with the wider network of Community Exchange Systems (CES) and Local Exchange & Trading Systems (LETS) all over Australia and the world.

What if I dont live in Dorrigo?

This exchange currently covers the whole Mid-North Coast region. You can join and trade with anyone, including your neighbours and friends, when they join, and connect with Dorrigo people, when they come down the mountain. You can transfer to another CES or LETS if one becomes active closer by.

Why a Community Exchange?

People in the area already benefit from sharing and swapping with each other, through meeting up at the local shops and online through using Facebook sites. An online Community Exchange makes these connections easier and ensures that the givers get a chance to receive as well.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! It’s free to register and trade with Dorrigo CES. Running costs are covered by a fee in Minyas and fundraising activities.

Do I get actual currency?

No. Minyas are ‘virtual’ complementary currency. They only exist as numbers in the central online account, where they are moved around to pay people. Minya is a word which can be used for a ‘thing’, or ‘fruit’, in our local indigenous Gumbaynggirr Language

It’s OK to start spending Minyas straight away, as it’s important to start trading. The more trading between people, the better the system works. You should aim to keep your Minya balance fluctuating up and down as much as possible around zero, and avoiding large debits or credits.

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Service Provider
Establishment year:
2018
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FAQ's

Why a Community Exchange?

People in the area already benefit from sharing and swapping with each other, through meeting up at the local shops and online through using Facebook sites. An online Community Exchange makes these connections easier and ensures that the givers get a chance to receive as well. This system builds on this social network, strengthening the local community by making it more supportive, and the local economy more resilient. CES is based on the principle that everybody’s energy is valuable, everybody has something to offer and everybody needs a hand sometimes.


How does it work?

Simply log into communityexchange.net.au to access your Dorrigo Community Exchange (DOCE) account. This is where you find all the information you need , get paid in ‘Minyas’ and keep track of your account. There are also ways to trade for those who don’t have computers or smart phones. Community Exchange Markets and other social events help you get to know other traders and find more about what they can offer. You can also trade with the wider network of Community Exchange Systems (CES) and Local Exchange & Trading Systems (LETS) all over Australia and the world.


How Much Does it Cost?

Nothing! It’s free to register and trade with Dorrigo CES. Most of the running costs are covered by a bi-annual fee in Minyas. Dollar running costs involved are covered by traders via fundraising activities or a cash donation. Community Exchanges are not-for-profit services.


Am I joining a group or a club?

No, a CES is not a group or club. You will just be a registered user of the online Exchange System. There is no need for a traditional committee, incorporation or insurance.


What should I offer?

A Community Exchange works best when what is offered matches what is needed. Have a look at the ‘Wants’ list. We strongly encourage everybody to offer general assistance in as many categories as possible. It can be a great way to start out until you’re sure what other Offerings to list. Helping and teaching each other is an important part of a Community Exchange and often doesn’t require any particular experience or skill. In fact, it can be a great way to pick up knowledge and skills in an area you would like to learn more about. Examples include joining a working bee, helping with children’s activities or feeding pets, packing up for moving or painting a wall.


What if I need help with the online Exchange System?

First of all, read through the step-by-step guide on the homepage of our Exchange System. If you still have questions, email the Admin. If you don’t use computers, let us know, and we can help set you up with paper options.


What if I don’t live in Dorrigo?

You can still register and trade online, anywhere. get your neighbours and friends to register so you can trade with them as well.If you live in Bellingen or on the coast, you can trade with Dorrigo people when they come down the mountain. You can also transfer your account to a different Community Exchange or LETS system, if a new one becomes active closer to home.


What if my products are expensive to make?

It is reasonable to ask for a certain percentage of dollars if bought materials form a large part of your Offering. Most trades, however, are equal without some dollar component, because most likely some money has been spent, somewhere along the line. If you must charge a percentage of $, list Minya-only Offerings as well.


Do I get currency?

No. Minyas are ‘virtual’ complementary currency. They only exist as numbers in the central online account, where they are moved around to pay people. It is OK to start with no Minyas, but it’s important to start trading ASAP. The more trading between people the better the system works. You should aim to keep your Minya balance fluctuating up and down as much as possible around zero, and avoiding large debits or credits.


What is a ‘Minya?’

Minya is a word which can be used for a ‘thing’, or ‘fruit’, in our local indigenous Gumbaynggirr Language.


LEARN MORE

https://www.cesaustralia.org/


Some of the successful Community Exchanges in Australia:

http://cent.net.au/

http://www.fnqces.org/


Community Exchange Objectives

All CES/LETS Systems share some basic economic, social equity and community-building objectives.
Trading with energy, rather than $$, recognises the valuable contributions of all individuals and creates greater local control over finances and economic affairs. Trading therefore helps to build up social and financial resilience against the unstable and unpredictable global economy. Community Exchange and Barter systems seem to be gaining worldwide popularity and have been embraced by countries experiencing economic crisis, such Argentina and Greece.
Energy exchange systems also empower people of all ages, demonstrating worth through valued activity. Along the way, many other benefits can evolve, such as better social contact and stronger social networks, psychological well-being, health care, tuition and training, support for local enterprise and new businesses.
Another underlying purpose of the local currency movement is to create “fair trade” with a minimum of conflict or exploitation of either people or natural resources.
The CES trading system can be seen as a way to develop a better community, rather than just a way to gain more, for less, for individuals. The more members interact with each other, such as during trading days and CES gatherings, the stronger the community becomes, as well as increasing the likelihood of trading between members.

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