As the state government’s dining and discovery project pilot will be launched this week, residents of NSW will soon be able to apply for vouchers that can be used for dining and other leisure activities.
Only one voucher can be used for each transaction.
The system will be piloted at 45 businesses in The Rocks in the Sydney CBD and Broken Hills in western NSW from Thursday.
There are currently 500 people who can apply for such vouchers.
"It has been a difficult time at The Rocks. These are the Sydney areas that rely on international tourism and domestic tourism. They are in a difficult situation," Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet said at the project launch ceremony on Thursday morning.
Sydney’s northern beaches, other areas of Sydney’s CBD, and Bega Valley County affected by forest fires will join the project on February 2 and will be promoted throughout the state.
Customer Service Director Victor Dominello said that the voucher will be used by scanning the QR code of the registered business using the Service NSW app, which will be a very simple process.
“There are many similar programs in Australia and around the world, but you need to pay first, fill out the form after you get the receipt, submit the receipt, and then wait for the refund check or credit your bank account,” he said.
The Minister of Finance said that the intention of this project is to launch when the federal government’s wage subsidy ends at the end of March, saying that unlike other states, NSW is ready to stop this subsidy as originally planned.
"This will be a very difficult year. We want to ensure that as many people as possible are transferred from the federal government's wage subsidy program to receiving wages. We want to support local businesses."
All vouchers must be used between June 6th.
Dominello called on businesses to register for the project before launching in the region.
"Register now, because I can guarantee that shoppers who accept this project will have long queues instead of going to other stores."
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