The New South Wales government’s $100 ‘Out and About’ spending vouchers have been delayed, 7NEWS can reveal.
The vouchers – which will be split into four $25 vouchers to be spent at hospitality and entertainment venues – were announced last month as part of the state’s plan to boost the economy after the hit it took from the COVID pandemic.
But a trial of the vouchers, which was supposed to have already begun in The Rocks, in Sydney’s CBD, has been delayed until early next year.
The trial will still go ahead when businesses will need more support following the Christmas retail rush.
“December for the hospitality industry is traditionally a time where there are not those demand issues,” Restaurant and Catering Australia CEO Wes Lambert said.
Another trial for the entire CBD and a regional trial in Broken Hill are set to follow the initial one.
The vouchers are then expected to be rolled out statewide in mid-to-late January.