NSW residents have a reprieve, now given until the end of July to make use of their $100-worth of Dine and Discover vouchers. There's two $25 vouchers redeemable at eateries, and another two at entertainment and recreation venues.
It's free money for those taking up the offer, although you do have to register through Service NSW and match two forms of identification, and then download the vouchers to a mobile device.
All NSW residents 18 years and over are eligible.
Generally across the Norther Tablelands around half or fewer eligible residents have registered for the vouchers, although proportionally Inverell shows a stronger-than-average uptake.
At the other end of the scale fewer Gwydir residents have put their hand out, so far, although the tyrannies of distance might be a factor.
Even those who have registered for the economy-boosting initiative may have more to claim. Roughly two-thirds of the face value of the issued vouchers is still to be redeemed, although the balance of a voucher is forfeited if the full $25 is not used in one go.
As of the end of last week 12,948 Armidale Regional local government area residents (LGA) have registered for the vouchers, redeemable at 52 registered businesses in the area.
So far 15,785 of the vouchers have been redeemed for a total spend of $595,362.
In Uralla 2693 residents have registered for the vouchers, redeemable at six registered businesses in the LGA.
So far 1792 of the vouchers have been redeemed for a total spend of $50,297.
The deadline for using the vouchers, a centrepiece of the NSW Government's November budget, was extended from June 30 to encourage more uptake.
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