Moree’s Balo 61 proprietor David Karam, left, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall welcoming the extension of the popular Dine & Discover voucher scheme.
Thursday, 17 June 2021
THE State Government’s popular Dine & Discover initiative will be extended by a month to give people in the region more time to use all of their vouchers eating out or trying a new activity this winter, including in the upcoming school holidays, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.
The latest data shows more than 4.23 million people in NSW have downloaded the vouchers since they were launched in March spending a combined total of more than $357 million with registered businesses when adding in the additional spend on top of the voucher amount.
Mr Marshall said the stimulus had proved popular, with more than 55,000 people in the Northern Tablelands so far accessing their vouchers, and played a valuable role supporting local businesses as well as reviving consumer confidence.
“This program is win-win for communities – it’s provides local businesses with much needed stimulus and families with hip pocket relief,” Mr Marshall said.
“People of all ages and walks of life are giving them a go and I don’t want anyone to miss out.
“This extension will ensure everyone has a chance to use all four of their vouchers, which I’m sure will be particularly handy in the school holidays.”
Every adult in NSW is eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend across the 14,000 participating businesses.
Dining out has been particularly popular, with patrons across the region spending on average $41 for every $25 voucher used.
Mr Marshall said the enthusiastic take up of the vouchers showed digital initiatives were the way of the future.
“It’s not too late for businesses to register and customers are encouraged to sign up and spend their vouchers before they expire on 31 July 2021,” he said.
“We’re giving people more time to take full advantage of these vouchers, so make sure you sign up and use them before you lose them.”
The vouchers had been due to expire on 30 June. The vouchers can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.