Almost 50 Dubbo businesses have so far registered for Dine and Discover NSW which will put $100 in vouchers in the wallets of residents aged 18 years and over during its statewide rollout from March.
They will have until June 30 to use the vouchers at dining, arts and tourism venues as part of the state government's bid to stimulate spending at businesses battered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 bushfires.
The four vouchers are each worth $25 with two of them to be spent at eateries including restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday excluding public holidays.
The remaining two can be used for entertainment and recreation at the likes of cultural facilities, live music events and places dedicated to the arts, seven days a week excluding public holidays.
The program's list of "eligible industries" includes theatres, cinemas, zoos, amusement parks, go-karting tracks and mini-golf courses.
Vouchers will become available through MyServiceNSW accounts which can be created at nsw.gov.au/covid-19/dine-and-discover-nsw or by downloading the Service NSW app.
They can only be spent at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.
The website identifies the full requirements for businesses wanting to register and provides them with the option to do so online.
Broken Hill and The Rocks in Sydney were chosen for the Dine and Discover NSW pilot program which the government reports successfully tested technology.
This week the second phase of the pilot kicked off in the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Sydney's central business district and the Bega Valley.
About 700 businesses are taking part with more than 125,000 people able to redeem vouchers at them.
When the statewide rollout begins, voucher holders will be able to search for participating businesses on the Service NSW app or on the Service NSW website.
They must be redeemed in person at participating businesses and can only be used once.
The vouchers cannot be used for retail shopping, to buy tobacco or alcohol, or for gambling or accommodation.
NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello is encouraging businesses in Dubbo and elsewhere in NSW to get on board.
"It's not too late for eligible businesses to register," he said earlier this week.
"It can be done online and could bring more customers through the door.
"Customers should also download the Service NSW app now and reap the rewards."
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