Western NSW encouraged to once again dine and discover

DINE AND DISCOVER: Indi Acheson, Cruz Amor, Hatte Acheson, Evie Amor enjoying some yummy treats from just one of our local eateries.
DINE AND DISCOVER: Indi Acheson, Cruz Amor, Hatte Acheson, Evie Amor enjoying some yummy treats from just one of our local eateries.

Parkes residents have two more $25 Dine and Discover vouchers coming our way in December.

There'll be one of each type of voucher, to be used to get out and about as restrictions ease in coming months.

Business NSW says the extension of the popular program will boost the recovery of the hospitality industry as it emerges from lockdown.

"This has been a successful program, and this extension will drive further activity into the hospitality sector," said Business NSW, Regional Manager - Western NSW, Business NSW.

"We know that people are spending more than the $25 that the voucher contains, meaning businesses are not only benefitting from the stimulus, but are also gaining new customers.

"The hospitality sector has suffered immensely over the past two years, and we hope this support will encourage people to get out and about during Summer and enjoy what our local businesses have to offer."

Almost 4.8 million people have taken advantage of the voucher program since it launched in March.

Premier Dominic Perrottet also announced businesses could apply for grants to make their dining venue more 'al fresco' friendly.

"Part of the package announced by the Government is for hospitality businesses to be provided $5000 in grants to expand alfresco dining, where red tape will be cut to revive local street dining," Ms Seccombe said.

"Importantly these grants are limited to 5000 businesses on a first in first served basis, so I would encourage our Western NSW businesses who fit the criteria to get their application in as soon as possible.

"Our local councils have a huge part to play in the revitalisation of our local business communities, and the Government will also provide funds directly to councils to improve our main streets and surrounding areas.

"Businesses are enthusiastic about the coming months as people return to their favourite cafes and restaurants, and this support will help a number of smaller businesses get back on their feet and employ fellow Australians."

If you've previously applied for Dine and Discover vouchers, the new ones will show up in your Service NSW app in December.

If you haven't, all NSW residents 18 years and over can now apply for six $25 vouchers through the voucher section of the Service NSW app (under the COVID Safe check-in) or through Service NSW.

In total, there are now:

  • Three $25 Dine vouchers for takeaway meals and dining in restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs;
  • Three $25 vouchers for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues.

Find a participating business here - you have until June 30, 2022 to use your vouchers, enjoy!

Participating businesses do not need to reapply. Those who want to join the program are encouraged to register, download the scanner app and get ready to redeem.

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