Eligible businesses in regional areas can now register to take part in a major economic stimulus program thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government.
NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said the program will create an economic boost for local dining, arts and tourism businesses, which have been impacted by COVID-19, and encourage customers to get out and about safely.
“I encourage local businesses to register and get ready so they can hit the ground running when the program goes live,” Mr Johnsen said.
“We’ve heard loud and clear just how tough it has been for businesses in our community. This program will help reinvigorate the local economy and provide customers with hip pocket relief.”
Service NSW is launching a specialised app for participating businesses, so they scan and track voucher usage over the life of the program. After applying online, businesses will be able to track the progress of the application through their MyServiceNSW Business Profile. Business owners will then receive a step-by-step process on how to get ready.
With a high uptake of the vouchers expected across the state, the Business Profile provides one, easy-to-use location for businesses to stay on top of voucher transactions.
“All eligible businesses will receive an email from Service NSW with details on how to register. I also urge residents to do yourself a favour and download the Service NSW app now in anticipation of the rollout,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The program will be rolled out in a few steps to ensure a seamless customer experience.”
Phase one includes a pilot in Broken Hill in early February. The pilot will then be expanded in late February, before a state-wide rollout, expected to commence in March, that will run until June 30.