Happening Now – Community Exchange Network Tasmania

The Community Exchange Network Tasmania (CENTs) started nearly 2 years ago as an initiative of the North West Environment Centre (NWEC).

centsCENTs was originally started as an exchange for the North West of Tasmania but interest in other areas of the State saw rapid growth and the decision was made to expand Statewide.

It is a volunteer run community exchange where people trade their goods, services and skills with one another without money.  

Community exchanges create a mutually supportive network of people helping each other. You can help other people or they can help you in lots of different ways – such as gardening,  home help, baby sitting, office work, providing transport or by teaching someone a new skill. You can buy goods from others in the community to help you meet your day to day needs. You can access services that you may not be able to afford if you had to pay money for it.

After registering for an account each user receives an account number and a password. This gives them access to their account. The Community Exchange System works like an on-line banking service. Participants can view their current balance and can also keep track of the trading position of others so there is full transparency. 

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