The 'Dine and Discover' voucher program is set to be extended in Orange and throughout NSW to try and help the hospitality industry recover from lockdown and restrictions.
This week premier Dominic Perrottet announced that 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.
Anything Grows café owner Clare Bremerkamp welcomed the return of the program which had been popular among diners when it was first rolled out.
"I think it's welcomed if they're going to be doing the initiative [again]. It seemed successful last time," she said.
"We had a really good uptake. They were definitely used here.... and people seemed quite grateful to have them."
Business NSW's regional manager for western NSW Vicki Seccombe said while the vouchers were only for $25, diners were spending more when they visited businesses.
"Part of the package announced... 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," she said.
"These grants are limited to 5000 businesses on a first-in, first-served basis, so I would encourage our western NSW businesses... to get their application in as soon as possible."
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