State politics | Dine, discover and give businesses a boost

VOUCH FOR IT: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says Dine and Discover NSW is being rolled out progressively across the state.
VOUCH FOR IT: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says Dine and Discover NSW is being rolled out progressively across the state.

ELIGIBLE residents across the Bathurst electorate can now take advantage of the State Government's much anticipated Dine and Discover NSW program.

Dine and Discover NSW is being rolled out progressively across the state, with the first two stages underway.

This $500 million program is aiming to boost local businesses.

These vouchers will breathe new life into the local economy and help ease the cost of living for families.

The busy summer period is well and truly over and now is an ideal time to support businesses and encourage customers to get out and about safely.

This stimulus will bring much-needed relief to some of the community's hardest hit industries. We want businesses to grow and thrive and for workers to stay in jobs.

Whether it's a café, restaurant, cinema or gallery, these industries have been hit hard by the pandemic, but these vouchers will encourage more customers to come through the door and spend.

The vouchers are simple and easy to use, with customers able to spend them via the Service NSW app. The app is seamless, contactless and safe.

NSW residents will be able to easily apply online to receive their vouchers through the latest version of the Service NSW app and website, and a non-digital solution will be made available to customers who don't have a smartphone or compatible device.

Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend in participating businesses.

Dine and Discover NSW vouchers will be divided into two categories:

  • Two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs seven days a week, excluding public holidays.
  • Two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available seven days a week, excluding public holidays.

It's not too late for businesses to register and vouchers are valid until June 30, 2021.

The vouchers can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.

STAY SAFE THIS EASTER

WITH the Easter long weekend almost upon us, I would like to remind anyone taking to the roads to remember they must not forget to obey the road rules if travelling to visit family and friends.

With a four-day weekend, we will no doubt see more cars on our regional roads.

The reality is that road safety is everyone's responsibility, and we must all do our part to keep the road toll down.

Speeding, fatigue and driving under the influence continue to claim the most lives on our roads.

Think about your loved ones and the loved ones of other motorists before you get behind the wheel.

Keep your hands off the mobile phone. If you notice the kilometres creeping up, slow down. If you are tired or haven't had enough sleep, don't drive. And if you are under the influence, forget it.

If we all work together, we can make sure we all make it home safe and sound.