OPINION

Shire Matters with Mark Speakman: Dine & Discover hits the Shire

From 31 March, Sutherland Shire residents will be eligible for $100 in vouchers to explore NSW's culinary and cultural offerings.

The NSW Government's $500 million Dine & Discover program has been designed to support and stimulate businesses that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to give customers some hip pocket relief. We want to ensure these businesses not only keep their doors open, but that they grow, keep workers in jobs, and offer the diverse cultural and dining experiences for which NSW is internationally recognised.

With our own cinemas, theatre, music venues, art gallery and some of Sydney's best restaurants right on our doorstep, there's no better place to cash in those vouchers than right here in the Shire!

The roll-out of Dine & Discover couldn't have come at a better time. Last week, the NSW Government announced a further relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions, which include that all venues move to the one person per 2sqm rule and entertainment venues (including stadiums and theatres) can resume 100% seating capacity. The State is open for business, and we want to see customers getting out and about safely and with confidence.

The program entitles every NSW adult to four $25 vouchers to spend in participating businesses. There are two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs; and two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music and arts venues. The vouchers can be used seven days a week until 30 June.

Customers will be able to apply online to receive their vouchers through the latest version of the Service NSW app and website. A non-digital solution will be made available to customers who don't have a smartphone or compatible device.

For more information about Dine & Discover and to search for participating businesses, visit the Service NSW website: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/dine-discover-nsw

I encourage everyone to make the most of their Dine & Discover dollars. Eat, drink and be merry!