Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a further two $25 vouchers will be available to citizens from December, while businesses can apply for grants to make their dining venue more ‘al fresco’ friendly.
“Everyone in NSW knows how successful this program has been, and this extension will drive further activity into the hospitality sector,” said Business NSW Chief Executive Daniel Hunter.
“The evidence is also clear – people are spending more than the $25 that the voucher contains, meaning businesses are not only benefitting from the stimulus, but are also gaining new customers,” Mr Hunter said.
“The hospitality sector has suffered immensely over the past two years, and this support will encourage people to get out and about during the Summer months and enjoy what their local businesses have to offer.
“Part of the package announced by the Government is for hospitality businesses to be provided $5000 in grants to expand alfresco dining, where red tape will be cut to revive local street dining.
“Importantly these grants are limited to 5000 businesses on a first in first served basis, so I would encourage those businesses who fit the criteria to get their application in as soon as possible.
“Local Councils have a huge part to play in the revitalization of their local business communities, and the Government will also provide funds directly to Councils to improve their high streets and surrounding areas.
“Businesses are enthusiastic about the coming months as people return to their favourite cafes and restaurants, and this support will help a number of smaller businesses get back on their feet and employ fellow Australians,” Mr Hunter said.