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FOOD & DRINK

The $25 Dine & Discover Vouchers Have Been Rolled Out to Sydney's CBD and Northern Beaches

A trial phase been extended to 700 businesses and 125,000 customers across the Sydney CBD, northern beaches and Bega Valley.
By Sarah Ward
February 26, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
February 26, 2021
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After trialling the Dine & Discover program in The Rocks and Broken Hill earlier this month, the NSW Government has continued the rollout of its $25 food and entertainment voucher program, expanding it to the Sydney CBD, northern beaches and Bega Valley.

Across the three areas, around 700 businesses and 125,000 customers are eligible to take part in the program, alongside the previous 500 customers and 45 businesses eligible as part of The Rocks and Brocken Hill trial. The program is expected to be rolled out statewide in March.

Dine & Discover will be available to all NSW residents over the age of 18, who are eligible to receive $100 in vouchers. You'll score four $25 vouchers, in fact, with two available to use at restaurants, cafes, clubs and other food venues from Monday to Thursday, and the other two specifically for cultural institutions, performing arts, cinemas and amusement parks seven days a week. Once the vouchers are rolled out in your area, you can access the vouchers from their Service NSW app, while businesses can still register to participate.

There are a few caveats, understandably. You can't use your vouchers on tobacco, alcohol or gambling, for starters. And, you can only use each voucher once, including if your transaction totals less than $25. You'll also need to use your vouchers separately, because the idea is to get NSW folks heading out several times to several different places.

Kitti Gould

To access the vouchers, you'll also need a MyServiceNSW account — and the corresponding app, so you can use the vouchers digitally. You'll only be able to redeem them at participating and COVID-safe registered businesses, however, with the exact details about where you can use them set to be revealed before the scheme goes live.

Hospitality company Sydney Collective has already announced that it'll double the value of the vouchers at eight of its NSW venues — so it'll give you an extra $25 on top of each $25 voucher.

The Dine & Discover program was announced as part of the NSW Government's State Budget 2020–21 in a bid to help NSW's hospitality and entertainment businesses, which had a rough run during COVID-19. Originally called Out and About, the program is designed to encourage folks to head out of the house, have a meal, and see a movie or show. And, to do so on multiple occasions.

The NSW Government's Dine & Discover scheme has been rolled out in The Rocks, Broken Hill, Sydney CBD, northern beaches and Bega Valley. It's expected to be rolled out statewide from March. For more information, visit the government's website.

Top image: Kitti Gould

Published on February 26, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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