Shoalhaven News

Vouchers a boost for arts, tourism and hospitality

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South Coast residents will be given $100 worth of digital vouchers that can be used at eateries and on arts and tourism attractions across NSW.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said the vouchers are part of a flagship $500 million program to help business, stimulate the State’s economy and support local jobs and will bring a much needed boost to local businesses affected by fires, drought and the pandemic.

“With residents across the South Coast enduring multiple natural disasters in the past 12 months preventing us from going out to dinner, visiting local attractions or taking our children or grandchildren to the cinema, these vouchers will help our local residents and businesses,” Mrs Hancock said.

The Out & About program is designed to boost hospitality, arts and tourism businesses hit hard by the pandemic, by encouraging people to get out and enjoy the best of NSW.

Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total - with the program designed to encourage people to spend multiple times to support their local businesses.

Two vouchers can be used for eating in at venues such as restaurants, cafes, clubs and other food service venues, and two vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, such as cultural institutions, performing arts, cinemas, and amusement parks.

Service NSW will operate a pilot of the scheme throughout December in the Sydney CBD before launching Out & About across NSW in the new year.

Vouchers will not be redeemable for tobacco, alcohol or gambling.

For more information, visit www.nsw.gov.au.

To become a COVID Safe business, please register via www.nsw.gov.au.