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Millions of Australians in New South Wales can finally get their hands on $100 worth of free Dine and Discover voucher as the much-waited scheme is rolled out to some of Sydney’s most popular suburbs.
The $500million initiative – designed to breathe life into the state’s hospitality sector as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic – was until Thursday only available in mostly regional areas of NSW.
But from March 25, residents in popular Sydney suburbs including Bondi, Woollahra and the Inner West council area can apply for the vouchers through the Service NSW app.
Two $25 vouchers are available to spend at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs from Mondays through to Thursdays, excluding public holidays, at any business which has signed up.
All NSW residents will be able to access $100 worth of free Dine & Discover vouchers by the end of March. Pictured are diners at the Coogee Bay Hotel
WHEN WILL THE VOUCHERS BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA?
Eligible from March 25:
City Of Canada Bay Council
Georges River Council
Inner West Council
Randwick City Council
Strathfield Municipal Council
Woollahra Municipal Council
Eligible before March 25:
• Albury City Council
• Armidale Regional Council
• Ballina Shire Council
• Balranald Shire Council
• Bega Valley Shire Council
• Bellingen Shire Council
• Berrigan Shire Council
• Broken Hill City Council
• Byron Shire Council
• Campbelltown City Council
• Central Coast Council
• Central Darling Shire Council
• Cessnock City Council
• City of Sydney Council
• Clarence Valley Council
• Coffs Harbour City Council
• Council of The Shire of Hornsby
• Dungog Shire Council
• Edward River Council
• Eurobodalla Shire Council
• Federation Council
• Glen Innes Severn Shire Council
• Goulburn Mulwaree Council
• Greater Hume Shire Council
• Gunnedah Shire Council
• Gwydir Shire Council
• Hay Shire Council
• Inverell Shire Council
• Kempsey Shire Council
• Kiama Municipal Council
• Kyogle Council
• Lake Macquarie City Council
• Lismore City Council
• Liverpool Plains Shire Council
• Lockhart Shire Council
• Maitland City Council
• Mid-Coast Council
• Moree Plains Shire Council
• Murray River Council
• Murrumbidgee Council
• Muswellbrook Shire Council
• Nambucca Valley Council
• Narrabri Shire Council
• Newcastle City Council
• Northern Beaches Council
• Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Port Stephens Council
• Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
• Richmond Valley Council
• Ryde City Council
• Shellharbour City Council
• Singleton Council
• Shoalhaven City Council
• Snowy Monaro Regional Council
• Snowy Valleys Council
- Tamworth Regional Council
• Tenterfield Shire Council
• Tweed Shire Council
• Upper Hunter Shire Council
• Upper Lachlan Shire Council
• Uralla Shire Council
• Wagga Wagga City Council
• Walcha Council
• Wingecarribee Shire Council
• Wollondilly Shire Council
• Wollongong City Council
• Yass Valley Council
Eligible from March 30:
The Hills Shire Council
The Council Of The Municipality Of Hunters Hill
Lane Cove Municipal Council
Mossman Municipal Council
Eligible from March 31:
Hawkesbury City Council
Liverpool City Council
North Sydney Council
Sutherland Shire Council
Willoughby City Council
The vouchers are accessible from the Service NSW app under the ‘Vouchers’ section, and downloadable as a QR code
A further two $25 vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, including museums, live music and theatre, seven days a week.
The final stages of the rollout will be on March 30 and March 31 when the vouchers are made accessible to council areas like Lane Cove, Liverpool City and Canterbury-Bankstown.
The vouchers are accessible from the Service NSW app under the ‘Vouchers’ section, and downloadable as a QR code, which can then presented to businesses enrolled in the program.
Ms Berejiklian described the initiative as a win-win for everyone.
The vouchers are already being successfully trialled at venues in The Rocks and on Sydney’s northern beaches, which will be rolled out statewide. Pictured are diners in Sydney
HOW DOES DINE & DISCOVER NSW WORK?
NSW residents aged 18 years and over can apply for $100 in vouchers. The vouchers can be used at participating NSW businesses registered as COVID safe.
2 x $25 Dine NSW Vouchers for dining in at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday
2 x $25 Discover NSW Vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, to use 7 days a week.
The vouchers can’t be used on public holidays.
Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers are single use, and cannot be used for tobacco, alcohol or gambling. If you use less than the $25 value of the voucher, the remaining value is forfeited and may not be used later nor reimbursed by the business.
Vouchers must be redeemed in person at participating businesses.
‘For too long because of Covid, we haven’t been able to support these business, so it’s a win for citizens and a win for businesses as it boosts their ability to receive people again as we move through Covid,’ she told reporters on Friday.
‘It also allows up to open up the economy as the more dollars that go into the economy allows us to grow in the future to create and protect jobs because so many people were displaced because of Covid.’
Ms Berejiklian added the government was ‘overwhelmingly satisfied’ with the early success of the initiative.
To check if you’re eligible, log onto Service NSW and click on the ‘vouchers’ section.
You then input your address to see if your area is included, but all postcodes will be able to apply by the end of March.
Two of the $25 Dine & Discover vouchers can be spent on entertainment, including art galleries. Pictured are recent visitors at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) described the voucher initiative as a win-win
A non-digital alternative will be available for customers who don’t have a smartphone or compatible device.
Businesses have already began to get involved in the offer, with Dendy cinemas offering a free large popcorn to anyone who uses the vouchers.
The vouchers are valid until June 30 and can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.
There will be a map on the Service NSW app showing eligible businesses.
Peak business lobby group Business NSW has encouraged businesses in the hospitality, entertainment and tourism sectors to register for the program.
NSW residents will be able to access the free vouchers via the Service app. Pictured are diners enjoying a drink at a Sydney bar
Source: DailyMail AU