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Sydney woman shares how she scored a free date using her Dine & Discover vouchers

A Sydney woman has shared a handy tip on a fun – and romantic – way to use Dine & Discover vouchers.  

Bernice Averion uploaded a video to TikTok to showing how she spent her $100 worth of free vouchers over the weekend by visiting Holey Moley, where the vouchers paid for 18 holes of mini golf with her husband. 

Bernice Averion shared a video to TikTok to share how she used $100 worth of Dine & Discover vouchers over the weekend

Bernice Averion shared a video to TikTok to share how she used $100 worth of Dine & Discover vouchers over the weekend

The Sydney woman used the vouchers to cover 18 holes of mini golf at popular venue Holey Moley, using the remaining to purchase two pizzas

The Sydney woman used the vouchers to cover 18 holes of mini golf at popular venue Holey Moley, using the remaining to purchase two pizzas

The Sydney woman used the vouchers to cover 18 holes of mini golf at popular venue Holey Moley, using the remaining to purchase two pizzas

She then advised her 7000 followers that the remaining two vouchers could be used to purchase two pizzas at the venue.

‘Just cover the drinks!’, she encouraged.

Her cute date idea has been viewed by over 18,000 people, with many tagging other users in the comments.

‘Trip to Holey Moley for free?’, one user asked their friend. 

Five million New South Wales’ residents can nab free food, drinks and entertainment under the state government scheme to generate much-needed revenue for small hospitality businesses after the Covid lockdowns.  

Holey Moley is just one of the venues NSW residents can redeem their Dine & Discover vouchers, which includes participating museums, theatres and concerts

Holey Moley is just one of the venues NSW residents can redeem their Dine & Discover vouchers, which includes participating museums, theatres and concerts

Holey Moley is just one of the venues NSW residents can redeem their Dine & Discover vouchers, which includes participating museums, theatres and concerts

The $500million initiative was designed to breathe life into the state’s hospitality sector as venues emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The NSW government is giving all adults two $25 vouchers to spend at any restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs from Mondays through to Thursdays, at any business which have signed up. 

Another two $25 vouchers are available to use seven days a week on arts and entertainment, including museums, theatres and concerts.

The vouchers are accessible from the Service NSW app under the ‘Vouchers’ section, and downloadable as a QR code, which can be used at participating businesses. 

A non-digital alternative will be available for customers who don’t have a smartphone or compatible device.  

While 2.6 million people have registered for their vouchers, less than 10 per cent of the $25 vouchers have been redeemed across the state

While 2.6 million people have registered for their vouchers, less than 10 per cent of the $25 vouchers have been redeemed across the state

While 2.6 million people have registered for their vouchers, less than 10 per cent of the $25 vouchers have been redeemed across the state

It was recently announced that less than 10 per cent of the $25 vouchers have been used across the state, with less than two months left of the high-profile scheme. 

While 2.6 million people have registered for their vouchers, the very low uptake of the vouchers has led to calls for the expiry dates to be extended.  

Daniel Mookhey, opposition spokesman for finance and small business, previously told Daily Mail Australia that at present the government has no chance of reaching their $500million target by the cut-off date June 30. 

‘With the program set to close within two months, it’s clear there will be substantial amounts of money that will be left over and not handed out to the small businesses that desperately need it’, Mr Mookhey said. 

NSW residents have just four weeks to redeem their vouchers before the expiry date June 30, prompting calls for the cut-off date to be extended indefinitely

NSW residents have just four weeks to redeem their vouchers before the expiry date June 30, prompting calls for the cut-off date to be extended indefinitely

NSW residents have just four weeks to redeem their vouchers before the expiry date June 30, prompting calls for the cut-off date to be extended indefinitely

Mr Mookhey said the scheme should not have an expiry date and ‘should stay open until every last dollar is spent.’ 

‘This money will do more good in the tills of NSW small businesses than it would sitting in the Treasury’s bank account.’  

State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said he was open to extending the scheme to support Sydney’s CBD, an area where small businesses continue to struggle.  

‘Modifying or expanding the government’s successful dine and discover voucher scheme to assist the Sydney CBD was one of a number of ideas put forward at the successful CBD Summit held last week,’ Mr Perrottet told NCA Newswire. 

‘We’re investing an additional $20 million into the CBD revitalisation strategy and are currently working through the ideas raised at the summit to see what practical steps we can take to help stimulate Sydney’s CBD economy and boost jobs.’

HOW DOES DINE & DISCOVER NSW WORK?

NSW residents aged 18 years and over can apply for $100 in vouchers. The vouchers can be used at participating NSW businesses registered as COVID safe.

2 x $25 Dine NSW Vouchers for dining in at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday

2 x $25 Discover NSW Vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, to use 7 days a week.

The vouchers can’t be used on public holidays.

Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers are single use, and cannot be used for tobacco, alcohol or gambling. If you use less than the $25 value of the voucher, the remaining value is forfeited and may not be used later nor reimbursed by the business.

Vouchers must be redeemed in person at participating businesses.


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