Service NSW $100 Friday Dine and Discover voucher for Sydney CBD: How to get it

The NSW government hopes to bring those ‘Friday feels’ back to Sydney’s CBD, by dishing out $100 vouchers to spend on an end-of-week lunch in the city.

The new scheme, which is essentially a variation of the state’s ‘Dine and Discover’ program, 500,000 NSW residents will be eligible for four $25 vouchers to spend in the 2000 postcode area (Sydney city).

Despite the initiative being four $25 vouchers, this time around people will be able to use all their vouchers in one transaction, rather than separately.

The vouchers, which will likely not be available until next week although no exact date has been set, will be available upon application on the Service NSW website or app. It is likely each voucher will be sent via email or appear on the app once they have been processed.

Speaking to the new scheme, Damian Kelly, Acting Executive Director of Business Sydney, said he hopes the vouchers will entice more people into the city.

“A free Friday lunch on the government will entice workers into the CBD and boost business, not just for hospitality venues but for many other businesses in the city on days when the city streets are still very empty in the nation’s once-thriving economic driver,” he said.

“It’s hoped this initiative will kickstart a permanent return to city offices on Fridays for the thousands still working from home and we strongly encourage staff to return to their workplaces to help drive the engine room of the state’s economy.

Sydney, Australia - September 15, 2013: Residents and visitors dine, relax and basque in the glorious afternoon sun quayside by the harbour Sydney Australia. Iconic Circular Quay is a must visit for every tourist
The new vouchers will be for the CBD only

“The CBD is still running below 70 percent of pre-Covid capacity, considerably less on Mondays and Fridays, so the incentive for workers of four $25 vouchers to enjoy a lunch in the 2000 postcode will be money well spent in this pre-budget stimulus.”

Enterprise, Investment and Trade Minister Stuart Ayres told The Daily Telegraph that the vouchers will serve as an initial hit to get people back to the CBD, while other “long term” measures are considered.

According to the publication, proposals like free public transport zones, a permanent 24-hour food market, and subsidizing childcare are on the table.

“The NSW government is working closely with local business, council, community leaders, and the people of Sydney to make the Sydney CBD one that works for everyone,” he said.

“These recommendations will be considered carefully, and I see this report as a valuable tool as we look to overcome challenges facing our CBD, both pre-pandemic and into the future.”

This article originally appeared on Escape and do not necessarily represent the views of australiaexploring.com

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