The NSW Government has announced two programs that will assist Northern Beaches hospitality businesses.

Dine & Discover is being extended until June 2022 with an additional $50 worth of vouchers being added and local hospitality businesses will be able to apply for a $5k grant that will help them set up outdoor dining.

Dine & Discover

Member for Manly James Griffin said the expanded Dine & Discover program will support residents across the community and encourage economic activity with an additional two vouchers that will be delivered via the Service NSW app.

James Griffin

James Griffin

“This is about supporting people to get out and have a meal or spend the day discovering their community while supporting businesses. The additional $250m investment by the NSW Government will help businesses recover from months of restrictions and encourage people to enjoy what they love most.

“We experienced the success of the Dine & Discover program when we reopened last time, which is why we are doubling down efforts with an additional two $25 vouchers – one for Dine and one for Discover venues. We are backing our businesses and helping hip pockets by expanding the program, in addition to extending existing vouchers until the end of June 2022.

“You’ll find them in your Service NSW app in time for summer or you can contact Service NSW and they can send them to you. To date, almost 4.8m people have taken advantage of the voucher program since its launch in March [2021], giving businesses a $430m boost,” said Mr Griffin.

NSW residents aged 18 years and over who are yet to apply will be able to do so until the program ends at the end of June 2022 and will receive all six $25 vouchers. Participating businesses do not need to reapply. Those who want to join the program are encouraged to register, download the scanner app and get ready to redeem.

Dine and Discover

Alfresco Restart

The NSW Government has also announced a range of measures for hospitality businesses including a $5k grant to establish alfresco dining. Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the NSW Government wants to revive the hospitality and entertainment sectors, while ensuring people can socialise safely.

Victor Dominello

Victor Dominello

“After a long winter, it’s time for Sydney to enjoy a meal or drink in the sunshine and the NSW Government is committed to helping businesses do that in time for summer. We’re providing five thousand hospitality businesses a $5k grant to get their outdoor dining venture off the ground – whether that’s to help set-up curb-side dining or a pub-style courtyard, we’re here to turn their ideas into reality,” said Minister Dominello.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the Alfresco Restart Package aims to help the hospitality, arts, and music sectors get back on their feet after the winter lockdown.

Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes

“After many months in lockdown, the people of NSW are ready to enjoy themselves, so we’ve thrown out the rule book with new temporary alfresco measures, while also making last year’s trials permanent.

“In addition to the permanent easing of rules for dining on footpaths and public spaces, we’re temporarily allowing outdoor dining on privately-owned bowling greens and car parks, meaning businesses can expand outdoors on almost any piece of land they own to welcome more customers,” said Minister Stokes.

The alfresco initiatives being rolled out from November include:

  • Emergency temporary alfresco measures for outdoor dining in parks or on private land with the owner’s consent
  • $5k grants for hospitality businesses to establish new alfresco settings
  • Permanent outdoor dining as an exempt development for pubs and small bars state-wide

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