Businesses on the Peninsula are being encouraged to register for a new voucher program aimed at boosting dining, arts and tourism industries in the area.
The Dine and Discover NSW voucher program will provide NSW residents, aged 18 and over, four $25 vouchers to spend with participating businesses.
Following a brief pilot in February and the state-wide roll out from March, the program will run until June 30 on the Service NSW app.
Businesses can register online now and can track the progress of the application through their MyServiceNSW Business Profile.
Peninsula Chamber of Commerce President Matthew Wales said the voucher scheme was a “great initiative”.
“It’s that little extra boost that will filter through to our cafes and restaurants,” Wales said.
“It may not seem like much but it is further evidence that the State Government is clearly looking for ways to support business and is something that we support.”
With less than a month to go till the rollout starts, more than 70 Central Coast businesses have already registered for the program, including Woy Woy’s Link & Pin restaurant.
“We’re hoping the program will help attract new customers into the cafe,” owner Adam Brzozowski said.
“It gives both locals, and small businesses, the chance to grow and find new options … we’re looking forward to it.”
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, urged customers to download the Service NSW app now in advance of the state-wide rollout.
“After the triple whammy of fires, flooding and COVID-19, this stimulus is exactly what our community needs to boost business and get people out and about in a COVID-safe way,” Crouch said.
“Downloading the app only takes a few minutes and it can also be used to download a Digital Driver Licence and renewing registrations.
“Eligible locals will be sent an email from Service NSW with details on how to apply for Dine & Discover vouchers online.”
A non-digital solution will be made available to customers who don’t have a smartphone or compatible device.
Further information on the voucher program is available at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/dine-and-discover-nsw.