Dine and discover NSW is really going to help our struggling hospitality and tourism sectors across Lake Macquarie. This new scheme the NSW government is rolling out across the state will help stimulate the dining, arts & tourism economy. It’s a great way to encourage locals to start venturing out and about and supporting local COVID-Safe businesses. From booking a table at your favourite family restaurant to enjoying a night at the movies. There are so many options and ways to safely enjoy these vouchers together.
What do I need to do?
The scheme is due to reach us here in Lake Macquarie during March. The first roll-out has already begun in Broken Hill and Sydney CBD. You need to be registered with MyServicesNSW to be eligible for the vouchers. Download the Service NSW App and make sure you’re registered ahead of the roll-out.
How many do I get?
Every person aged 18 years and over, living in NSW, who is registered with MyServicesNSW will each receive 4 x $25 vouchers. There will be two categories for the Dine & Discover NSW vouchers.
- 2 of the vouchers can be used for eating-in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and clubs from Monday to Thursday. This excludes any public holidays.
- The other 2 vouchers are to be used for entertainment and recreation. This includes cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues. You can use these 7 days a week, excluding public holidays.
How do I use my vouchers?
When you receive your vouchers you’ll be able to search for participating businesses where you can use them via the Service NSW app or on the ServiceNSW website. You’ll need to take the vouchers with you when you head out and redeem them in person. They can only be used once.
The vouchers won’t be accepted in retail, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, and accommodation businesses.
Businesses accepting vouchers
- Firstly a business must have an ABN and be registered for GST.
- Operate in NSW.
- Be registered as COVID-Safe, and have a COVID Safety Plan.
- Operate in one of the following industries:
- cafes and restaurants
- pubs, taverns, bars, wineries and clubs
- scenic and sightseeing transport
- museums, galleries and historic sites
- zoos, botanic gardens, wildlife parks and nature reserves
- performing arts operations, theatres and entertainment centres
- amusement, theme and water parks
- recreational activities such as go-karting, indoor climbing, mini-golf, billiards, bowling or ice-rinks
- outdoor adventures
- travel agencies and tours
This isn’t an invitation for life to resume to normal ‘pre-COVID-19’ because let’s face it, life has changed. The COVIDSafe way of life that we all know very well still applies. In fact, it’s more important now than ever. If we, as a community, continue to remain vigilant and follow the health advice, our hospitality and tourism sector can start rebuilding their businesses. This is our opportunity to help them in a COVIDSafe way.
- Make sure you check-in via the QR Code.
- Always maintain physical distancing.
- Practice good hygiene at all times.