Mount Macedon generosity

MOUNT MACEDON is one of the most generous towns in Australia.  

A staggering 43.68 per cent of residents donated $38,536 to charity in 2010-2011, according to the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. 

Macedon Ranges mayor Roger Jukes said it was a real positive for the town. 

"It is fantastic to see people donating so generously to various causes," he said. 

"Many people in the Macedon Ranges volunteer their time. 

"About one in four.

"It is a well off area.

"But it is still great to see people who are financially strong donating to important causes.

Cr Jukes said the Mount Macedon residents tended to donate to the Arts and environmental causes.

"But the bulk goes to supporting vulnerable people who need it the most."

Mount Macedon Hotel bar manager said he was amazed at that figure. 

"Mount Macedon residents do tip well," he said. 

Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies director Myles McGregor-Lowndes said it was important to remember that figure was an average. 

"One person may have donated a million dollars, which inflated the average," he said. 

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