The NSW Government Is Considering Giving Out Restaurant Vouchers As Part Of Their 2021 Budget

The toll Covid and subsequent lockdowns have taken on the hospitality industry is no joke. It’s more important than ever to start supporting your locals, if you’re in the position to be able to.

So important, in fact, that the NSW Government is considering an initiative that would hand out $50 vouchers to singles and $100 vouchers to families (all over 18 years of age) to spend at their favourite restaurants.

First reported by The Australian, the approximately $500 million scheme would be part of the state’s budget plan. It’s not approved yet, and the budget won’t be handed down until November 17, but Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is seriously considering it.

In an interview with 2GB’s Ben Fordham, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she could not confirm or deny whether the voucher scheme will go ahead. Which is not a no, folks!

“We are still putting finishing touches on the budget,” she said earlier this morning. “But I want (people) to be assured of one thing … we get how tough it is for a lot of people at the moment”.

“We’re hoping to take care of everybody who’s going through those difficult times”.

I’m no politician (shocker), but I am bloody good at eating, so excuse me if I prematurely make a list of where I would be spending that money first.

Perhaps I’ll give those Birra Tacos taking over my social feeds a go. Or pick one of my favourite rooftop bars in Sydney, seeing as it’s almost summer and all.

Fingers crossed for this one.

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