The Australian Hotel Yass Venue Manager Emma Heiniger is encouraging more patronage at local hospitality venues. Photo: Max O’Driscoll.

Eligible businesses in town are encouraged to register themselves on the Dine & Discover NSW campaign to help boost local economy, as Yass residents are now eligible for the $100 vouchers.

The Australian Hotel Yass Venue Manager Emma Heiniger said it was a great incentive to encourage the return of dining in.

“To encourage people to come back to establishments and to put money back into local businesses, is great,” she said.

“In comparison to last year? To go from lockdown to now being able to have more patrons, it is now absolutely amazing.

“It’s such an enjoyable experience too, to be able to see familiar faces and it really makes everyone’s day being able to interact again.”

So far in the Yass Valley Local Government area, Café Dolcetto, Kaffeine 2582, Clubhouse Hotel Yass, The Royal Hotel Yass, The Australian Hotel Yass, Yass Bowling Club, Thunderbird Motel Yass, Clementine Bakery and Trader & Co are on the Dine NSW list.

For Discover NSW, The Travel Compass is registered on the list.

Yass residents can now apply for the vouchers through the Service NSW app by entering their address and then hitting the “Apply online” button.

Yass residents are now eligible for the $100 vouchers. Photo: Service NSW app.

They will then be redirected to a two-proof of identification check, this includes entering in credentials of a valid NSW driver’s license as well as a Medicare card.

The result after the identification check. Photo: Service NSW.

After a successful submission, applicants will be sent an email entailing instructions and the vouchers will be made available on the Service NSW app.

Dine & Discover NSW vouchers are divided into two categories and they are eligible for every NSW resident aged 18 and above.

This includes two lots of $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs seven days a week, excluding public holidays.

It also includes two lots of $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available seven days a week as well excluding public holidays.

The vouchers. Photo: Service NSW.

Businesses can register to participate in the program at any time and vouchers are valid until June 30, 2021.

The vouchers can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a Covid Safety Plan and are registered as Covid Safe.

The rollout schedule is available at: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/dine-discover-nsw-vouchers-local-government-areas.

Christopher Tan