The NSW Government’s Dine & Discover NSW initiative has been extended by 10 months, with the vouchers now due to expire on June 30, 2022.
Parliamentary Secretary for Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said the extension gave residents more time to redeem their hundreds of thousands of unspent vouchers.
“A total of 314,358 vouchers have been redeemed by Central Coast residents since the vouchers first became available in February and, so far, these vouchers have injected almost $8M into local businesses,” he said.
“Central Coast residents still possess a total of 539,426 unredeemed vouchers and it’s fantastic that everyone now has extra time to spend them on a range of hospitality and tourism activities when the COVID-19 lockdown ends.”
Earlier this year, every adult in NSW was offered two $25 Dine vouchers to use at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs and two $25 Discover NSW vouchers to be used at cultural institutions, live music and arts venues.
More than two thirds of adults in the state signed up for Dine & Discover NSW, including 213,446 on the Central Coast.
Crouch said the vouchers would help local businesses bounce back more quickly when the COVID-19 lockdown ends.
“Dine & Discover NSW is targeted stimulus because it encourages people to increase their spending and so far we’ve observed that customers spend an average of $41 for every $25 voucher used.
“Whether it’s a café, restaurant, cinema or gallery, every industry continues to be hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown and these vouchers will encourage more customers to come through the doors of local businesses as soon as they’re allowed to reopen,” Crouch said.
Media release, Aug 30
Parliamentary Secretary Central Coast, Adam Crouch