The NSW government will extend its ‘Dine and Discover’ by one month because less than half of the 17 million vouchers issued have been used.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has confirmed the one-month extension will run until July 31st, in a bid to encourage more people to download and use their four allocated $25 vouchers, which were rolled out back in March to bolster the hospitality and tourism sectors decimated by the covid pandemic.

“This is helping to fire-up our economy,” Mr Perrottet said. “It’s not just boosting revenue for businesses, it’s bringing a fresh clientele through their doors eager to try a new eatery or exciting activity.”

Over 4.2 million people have downloaded around 17 million vouchers since march, though only 44 per cent of those had been cashed in. The program has seen a combined consumer spend of over $357 million across 14,000 participating businesses.

If you, like me, are the kind of person who would rather piss money down the drain than go through the palaver of filling in an online form — perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to reassess that fatal character flaw.

It’s literally free money to spend on whatever dumb shit takes your fancy. Go out for a chic little brunch with your nearest and dearest and don’t skimp on the sides. If there was ever a time to spend like $22 on something called a “buddha bowl” now is the time. Personally, I’ll be spending this Dine and Discover dosh watching Tom & Jerry on an extreme screen.

To apply for a Dine & Discover voucher head here.