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Businesses urged to register for vouchers to boost local economy

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LOCAL businesses are encouraged to register for the NSW Government’s Dine and Discover NSW initiative.

The initiative will see NSW residents eligible for vouchers to spend at dining businesses, and on activities offered by arts and tourism businesses.

Local businesses must register with Services NSW to participate in the program and meet specific eligibility criteria including being registered as a COVID Safe business.

Wollongong Lord Mayor David Bradbery is urging eligible local businesses to register now for the initiative, so they are ready to go once the vouchers are made available to the community.

“Two vouchers can be used for dining out at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs, and two vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues,” he said.

“The take home message is for local businesses to engage early with Service NSW to learn about the program, and begin registering now to make the most of the opportunity.”

The voucher rollout begins in March with NSW residents over the age of 18 being eligible for 4 x $25 vouchers. They will be able to use 2 x $25 vouchers to spend at dining businesses, from Monday through to Thursday, and 2 x $25 vouchers to spend on activities with arts and tourism businesses, 7 days a week.

The voucher program is being put in place to encourage the community to get out and about, supporting dining, arts and tourism businesses and stimulating spending in the economy.

Business will be able to print and display shopfront badges and posters at their premises promoting to customers that they are a participating business.

Business owners looking to learn more or register for the scheme should visit nsw.gov.au/dine-discover-register or call Service NSW on 13 77 88 to speak with a free Business Concierge on the registration process.


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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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