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Desert ‘Dine and Discover’

Wednesday, 13th January, 2021

Bistro attendant Ashley Clogg and General manager Michael Boland are looking forward to the trialling of the Dine and Discover Program that could bring in new faces to the Musicians Club. PICTURE: Myles Burt Bistro attendant Ashley Clogg and General manager Michael Boland are looking forward to the trialling of the Dine and Discover Program that could bring in new faces to the Musicians Club. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Broken Hill residents will be able to Dine and Discover thanks to a state government initiative.

Vouchers will be available to residents as the NSW Government test out their new Dine and Discover program.

Residents over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive four $25 vouchers that can be used at participating businesses. 

Broken Hill has been selected as a testing location alongside Sydney’s CBD, Northern Beaches and The Rocks for the program before the program is rolled out state-wide. 

Musicians Club General Manager Michael Boland said the Dine and Discover Program is definitely a positive for the community and imagines most eligible venues will be taking part. 

Mr Boland said the program will give locals a reason to come out and try new venues around town.

“There might be a Musicians Club regular that will go to the Broken Hill Pub to try out their food because they’ve got the voucher,” Mr Boland said.

“So I think it will definitely be good to get people out and maybe to other venues they don’t normally visit.

“Expand their options in Broken Hill whilst stimulating the economy.”

Minster for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the testing period will begin in February subject to health advice with Broken Hill chosen to make sure the testing gathers a diversity of experiences, especially from those in regional areas.

“It’s one thing to test the Dine and Discover vouchers in the city, but people in the city have a very different experience to people in Broken Hill,” Mr Dominello said.

Mr Dominello is encouraging locals to download the Service NSW app where they will be able to access the Dine and Discover vouchers. Mr Dominello said the Service NSW app already has close to 3 million downloads, and close to 28.5 million COVID check-ins through the app.

He said they will be seeking feedback from customers partaking in the test phase of the program. 

Mr Dominello said feedback is welcome and encouraged as they want to know how they can improve the Dine and Discover experience during the test period.

“Obviously they’ll get the first bite of the cherry, but as they’re eating their cherry we want to know that it’s good to eat,” Mr Dominello said.

“If they can suggest ways in which we can improve the rollout then we will definitely take that on board as we begin the journey for the state-wide rollout.”

Mr Dominello said there will be a non-digital option for people who don’t have smartphones such as receiving a paper QR code that will allow people to access the vouchers. 

To do your part in terms of this pandemic, you’ve got to be there helping the contact tracers,” Mr Dominello said.

Eligible residents for the Dine and Discover program will have access to two $25 vouchers to be used for eating at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday and excluding public holidays.

The other two $25 vouchers are available for seven days a week, excluding public holidays, and are to be used for entertainment and recreation including cultural institutions, live music and arts venues. Locals or businesses who are interested in finding out more about the Dine and Discover Program can visit https://bit.ly/3bx3KWm.

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