Dine & Discover: Northern beaches businesses called for an extension

HELP NEEDED: Manly Kayak Centre owner Craig Moulds says the vouchers have a benefit, but his businesses is still way behind where it usually is at this time of year. Picture: Simon Bennett
HELP NEEDED: Manly Kayak Centre owner Craig Moulds says the vouchers have a benefit, but his businesses is still way behind where it usually is at this time of year. Picture: Simon Bennett

THE wishes of northern beaches businesses have been granted with Dine & Discover extended by one month to July 31.

A number of businesses recently told the Northern Beaches Review that while the NSW Government's initiative had been helpful, an extension of the program was needed.

Northern beaches luxury yacht charter Taylor Made Escapes was among them and owner Michael Ireland said his business was way down on where it would usually be at this time of the year.

Manly Kayak Centre owner Craig Moulds said while he's accepted $16,000 worth of Dine & Discover vouchers, his businesses was still $80,000 below where it usually was.

Dine & Discover was due to end on June 30, but on Wednesday Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the stimulus would continue until July 31.

MORE TIME: Taylor Made Escapes owner Mike Ireland was among those to call for Dine & Discover to be extended. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

MORE TIME: Taylor Made Escapes owner Mike Ireland was among those to call for Dine & Discover to be extended. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

"This is helping to fire-up our economy. It's not just boosting revenue for businesses, it's bringing a fresh clientele through their doors eager to try a new eatery or exciting activity," he said.

Every adult in NSW is eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend across the 14,000 participating businesses.

Data provided by the NSW Government shows more than 4.23 million people have downloaded the vouchers since they were launched in March spending a combined total of more than $357 million with registered businesses when adding in the additional spend on top of the voucher amount.

Dining out has been particularly popular, with patrons spending on average $41 for every $25 voucher used.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the targeted stimulus is helping communities and citizens battle back from a pandemic.

"With about two in every three adults across NSW having now registered for the vouchers, having such a large portion of the NSW population on board means we can get money back into the community quickly.

"More than $105 million has been spent directly in registered business regionally compared to almost $200 million in establishments in Sydney."

It's not too late for businesses to register and customers are encouraged to sign up and spend their vouchers before they expire on July 31, 2021.

NEW FACES: H2O cafe owners Chris March, James Lund and Leigh Titterton say Dine & Discover has brought in new customers. Picture: Simon Bennett

NEW FACES: H2O cafe owners Chris March, James Lund and Leigh Titterton say Dine & Discover has brought in new customers. Picture: Simon Bennett

Dine & Discover facts

The most popular use of vouchers overall?

  • Food and beverage services - more than five million redemptions
  • Movie theatres - more than 1.2 million
  • Heritage activities such as museums and art galleries - almost 370,000 redemptions.

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