LABOR URGES NSW GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND DINE AND DISCOVER PROGRAM
NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns today urged the NSW Government to expand the Dine and Discover program, and issue a new, one-off $25 voucher to everyone in Greater Sydney, to support local jobs and small businesses over the course of the recently announced lockdown.
Mr Minns said: “This would be a much needed boost for local businesses who have just seen their entire cash flow put at risk overnight.
“Our plan also gives people the opportunity to enjoy a meal, support a local business, and make staying at home and following the health orders just that little bit more bearable.”
Labor’s plan to support local businesses includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, and Wollongong Local Government Areas and should be rolled out immediately, with vouchers to expire on 9 July 2021, or when the stay at home orders lift. This will ensure the urgently needed stimulus gets out the door and into the hands of businesses when they need it most.
Labor has suggested the proposed new voucher could be used for the expanded criteria of takeaway and online food delivery, if the food delivery platforms waive any fees they charge their riders.
Any platforms that partner with the Government to roll out these vouchers must not be subject to any investigation by Safe Work NSW into a delivery rider or driver’s death.