Caruso's restaurant at Gymea among hundreds of shire businesses benefiting from $25 vouchers

Rocky Pitarelli (centre), Alex Peka and MD Rabby at Caruso's Gymea, which is benefiting from the Dine & Discover NSW scheme. Picture: Chris Lane
Rocky Pitarelli (centre), Alex Peka and MD Rabby at Caruso's Gymea, which is benefiting from the Dine & Discover NSW scheme. Picture: Chris Lane

Rocky Pitarelli, who operates Caruso's restaurant at Gymea, says the state government 's $25 dining and entertainment vouchers scheme is a winner.

"It's a great idea to help get people out and about again and support small business," he said.

"We have survived COVID, but we still have a lot of bills to pay.

"I would encourage people to use their vouchers with the 'mum and dad' businesses, who need it most.

"It's a chance to support one of your favourite businesses or try one where you have thought about going, but for one reason or another it's never happened."

Mr Pitarelli said the government had "got it right" with the payment system.

"It started off we were waiting 4-5 days before the payment from the vouchers went into our account, but now it's down to 2-3 days," he said.

The number of shire businesses that have registered for the scheme has grown steadily since shire residents became eligible to apply for vouchers on March 31.

There are now hundreds of businesses from which residents can choose.

Dining venues where people can use their vouchers range from high-end restaurants to McDonald's outlets.

Entertainment vouchers can be spent on bus tours, boating, bowling and other pastimes.

NSW residents aged 18 and over can apply for four $25 vouchers, two of which can be used at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs or clubs and the other two for entertainment and recreation, including cinemas, cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues.

The vouchers are valid until June 30, 2021.

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