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NSW Dine and Discover vouchers expire soon, Central Coast and Blacktown top list for unused coupons

Millions of Australians are eligible for a $100 dinner voucher – here’s how to make sure you get yours before they expire

  • Residents warned Dine & Discover $25 NSW vouchers expire on June 30
  • Nearly $100 million in vouchers yet to be redeemed through popular scheme
  • Can be spent in restaurants, cafes, zoos, cinemas, museums and other locations
  • Central Coast, Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown top LGAs for unused vouchers

More than $100 million in unused dinner and entertainment vouchers will go down the drain unless redeemed within days.

Time is running out for NSW residents to spend any leftover Dine & Discover vouchers before the June 30 deadline, as regions with the most unused coupons are revealed.

The NSW government rolled out the popular initiative two years ago to revitalize the hospitality industry struggling to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 5.4 million residents registered to receive two Dine and two Discover vouchers worth $25 each at thousands of participating restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, wineries, arts venues, movie theaters, museums, zoos and other attractions .

The vouchers were originally set to expire 12 months ago, but were extended after Sydney was plunged into a four-month lockdown.

Two more vouchers were added as the program was extended until the end of this month.

Millions of vouchers went unused despite spending half the billion dollars through the initiative.

NSW residents have until June 30 to enjoy a free feed of unused $25 Dine vouchers

NSW residents have until June 30 to enjoy a free feed of unused $25 Dine vouchers

The Central Coast leads the list with more than 540,000 unredeemed vouchers worth nearly $13.7 million, followed by Blacktown ($13.25 million) in western Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown ($12,858,025) .

Popular dining and entertainment areas were also in the top 10, including Sydney’s northern beaches, the CBD and Parramatta.

“Whether you go to a restaurant with friends, watch a new movie or take the kids to a museum, there is money to be saved,” said Customer Service Secretary Victor Dominello.

“We thank all the companies that participated and the people of NSW for embracing the program and supporting local businesses.”

The vouchers can be used for hundreds of other activities, including food and winery tours, bowling alleys and the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb.

Thousands of families have used their Dine and Discover vouchers on a trip to Taronga Zoo

Thousands of families have used their Dine and Discover vouchers on a trip to Taronga Zoo

The Sydney City LGA has 396,639 unredeemed vouchers worth nearly $10 million.  Pictured is Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in the Rocks

The Sydney City LGA has 396,639 unredeemed vouchers worth nearly $10 million. Pictured is Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in the Rocks

Dine and Discover has been hailed as a game changer for businesses and families.

“The vouchers have been an overwhelming success, bringing more customers through business doors and increasing household budgets,” added Mr Dominello.

“The program has served its intended purpose by supporting our local hospitality, cultural and entertainment businesses, all of which have been hit hard by the pandemic.

“Nearly half a billion dollars has been invested statewide in 16,600 companies, but money has yet to be repaid.

Dine & Discover vouchers will be moved to an expired tab in the Service NSW app next Friday (July 1).

Discover NSW registered businesses are accepting NSW parent vouchers through October 9, along with $50 Stay NSW vouchers at participating property.

Unused Discover vouchers can also be used for the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb

Unused Discover vouchers can also be used for the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb

Top 10 LGAs with the Most Unclaimed Dine and Discover Vouchers

1. Central Coast, 547,543 unclaimed vouchers worth $13,688,575

2. Blacktown, 529,894 worth $13.247,350

3. Canterbury-Bankstown, 514,321 $1,858,025

4.Northern Beaches, 429,324 $10,733,100

5. Sydney, 396,639 $9,915,975

6.Parramatta 357,019 $8,925,475

7.Sutherland Shire 353,510 $8,837,750

8. Cumberland 349,925 $8,748,125

9. Wollongong 340,798 $8,519,950

10.Liverpool 335,319 $8,382,975

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