CESH (Community Exchange Southern Highlands) enables its members to trade with one another using a local currency (Gibs) instead of Australian Dollars.
Why is this a good idea? We all have goods and services that we would like to receive. We all (yes, all) can provide goods or services to other people. CESH is a way to trade goods or services without the complication of earning Dollars first.
These systems work when people get involved. Earlier LETS in the Southern Highlands have disbanded, perhaps because we all thought that good economic times would last forever. Maybe they will and maybe they won’t, but whatever the times it’s good to have more than one way to stay afloat.
Give CESH a try; it’s a beautiful thing.