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The Long Arm Fame Cafe is accepting Dine and Discover vouchers

SUPPORT LOCAL: The Long Arm Farm Cafe owner Kim Arnott (front) and employee Karen Lanson are encouraging residents to use their Dine and Discover vouchers. Picture: ALANNA TOMAZIN
SUPPORT LOCAL: The Long Arm Farm Cafe owner Kim Arnott (front) and employee Karen Lanson are encouraging residents to use their Dine and Discover vouchers. Picture: ALANNA TOMAZIN

Summer just got better for residents in Oberon, with two additional $25 Dine and Discover vouchers rolling out for eligible customers from November 26.

The Long Arm Farm Cafe is one of many local businesses accepting the vouchers and owner Kim Arnott encouraged residents and tourists to use them.

"Small business is what we thrive on and now that regional travel has opened up we love to see tourists as well as locals coming in and using their vouchers," she said.

"They're [vouchers] a good way for residents to help put money back into the economy post COVID," she said.

The NSW Government's $250 million program expansion, announced as part of the $2.8 billion economic recovery package, means new applicants will receive three Dine NSW and three Discover NSW vouchers, while existing customers would receive one of each.

The additional vouchers will help NSW businesses grow and thrive this summer, while encouraging people to support their local cafes and restaurants.

BUSY TIME: The Long Arm Farm Cafe owner Kim Arnott and employee Karen Lanson are happy to be busy in the lead up to Christmas. Picture: ALANNA TOMAZIN

BUSY TIME: The Long Arm Farm Cafe owner Kim Arnott and employee Karen Lanson are happy to be busy in the lead up to Christmas. Picture: ALANNA TOMAZIN

Employee Karen Lansom said the vouchers were a great initiative to bring people into local businesses and put money back into the town.

"It's a win-win, and it also brings customers back in after liking what they get here," she said.

"If you have vouchers come in and use them because you're getting a discount and supporting your local business all in one."

She said the Long Arm Farm Cafe had been "extremely busy" since coming out of lockdown and heading into Christmas.

"We've been flat out and people have been using their vouchers, it's been really nice seeing our customers back in again and enjoying themselves," she said.

She also encouraged people to have their Christmas functions at the cafe.

"We're rather busy with Christmas functions and encourage people to have their parties here. We had our Long Arm Farm Christmas lunch recently and we were all booked out and that was amazing," she said.

Ms Arnott said if anyone needed a hand with downloading their vouchers or using them, staff were more than happy to assist.

Accessing the new vouchers is simple. They are automatically available on the Service NSW app.

Dine and Discover NSW vouchers will start appearing in the Service NSW app with all delivered by early December. Current digital customers do not need to reapply to receive the extra vouchers.

Participating registered businesses do not need to re-register, while those who want to join the program are encouraged to sign up now, download the Service NSW for Business app and get ready to redeem.

NSW residents aged 18 years and older who are yet to apply will be able to do so until the program ends and will receive all six $25 vouchers.

Customers who don't have access to digital vouchers can opt into a new call and collect delivery method. All customers need to do is to call Service NSW on 13 77 88 from 3 December, nominate their nearest Service Centre and in three business days they can collect their paper vouchers.

Dine and Discover NSW vouchers can be used seven days a week, including public holidays, and are valid to 30 June 2022. More information: nsw.gov.au/covid-19/business/financial-support/dine-discover-nsw