The NSW Government has launched Dine & Discover NSW to support dining, arts and tourism businesses, encouraging the community to get out and about.
From March, NSW residents aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers, worth $100 in total. Vouchers can be used at participating NSW businesses that are registered as COVID Safe. Before Dine & Discover NSW opens up across the state, the scheme will be tested with a small number of participants at The Rocks and Broken Hill in early February, and then piloted with a larger group in Sydney CBD, Northern Beaches and Bega Valley from late February. Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick is encouraging all eligible businesses in the Bega Valley Shire to register for Dine & Discover NSW, which will be piloted in the Shire from late February.
“When the NSW-Victorian border closed so quickly at the start of this year, many local businesses lost critical revenue for the second year running,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.
“The inclusion of our Shire in the Dine & Discover NSW pilot is particularly welcome, as the much-needed summer economic boost we were hoping for just didn’t eventuate.
“I’d like to see every dining, entertainment, arts and recreation venue in the Bega Valley register for this exceptional offer; and every resident take the vouchers and use them in the Shire when the pilot starts.”
Dine & Discover NSW vouchers will be divided into two categories:
2 x $25 vouchers to spend at dining businesses, from Monday through to Thursday
2 x $25 vouchers to spend on activities with arts and tourism businesses, 7 days a week.
To register to be part of Dine & Discover NSW, local businesses will need to check if they are eligible.
Your business will need to:
have an active ABN and be registered for GST
operate in one of the eligible industries listed on the registration webpage
have completed a COVID safety plan
be registered as COVID Safe.
The Dine & Discover scheme was announced in the 2020-21 Budget and has been fast tracked by the NSW Government for businesses and residents in the Bega Valley as part of an expanded pilot program. Note: It is expected that the Dine & Discover scheme will be rolled out later in the Eurobodalla.