The NSW Government’s Dine & Discover program can potentially inject almost $16 million into the Central West according to Business NSW.
The program consists of four $25 vouchers for every NSW resident aged 18 and over to spend in participating businesses.
Vouchers have started to become available across regional NSW from last week with the rollout to be completed by the end of the month. While Parkes Shire residents have not yet been able to claim their vouchers, local businesses have been encouraged to start registering for the program.
By Tuesday ten Parkes businesses had already registered for the dine vouchers. Some reported that tourists in town had started to use their vouchers.
NSW Minister for Customer Service, Vic-tor Dominello told business owners at a recent webinar that on average, residents were spending around $42 when utilising one of their vouchers.
The four vouchers are divided into two categories to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays. The two discover vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available seven days a week, excluding public holidays.
Earlier this week no businesses in Parkes had so far registered for the discover vouchers.
“No one needs extra encouragement to have a meal out or enjoy some downtime after the past year, so I encourage Western NSW businesses to register now so they can reap the rewards when the program opens here soon,” said Vicki Seccombe of Business NSW. “In particular, we are encouraging our entertainment and recreation businesses in the region to get involved as we are seeing less of these businesses currently registered.”