The Victorian government have come up with a new initiative to try to boost Melbourne CBD after the latest lockdown, offering people 30% off their meals on certain days of the week. 

As per The Guardian, the $5 million dining rebate scheme is part of a $44 million package created by the Victorian government and City of Melbourne to revitalise the city post-lockdown.

It means that from next Monday, November 15th, Melburnians will be able eat out in the city on the cheap by claiming a huge 30% off their bills between Monday and Thursday of every week.

Combine that with the other new $5 CBD parking initiative and that’s the recipe for one cheap but delightful night out in the city.

It’s not just in the CBD either, with restaurants, cafes, and bars in Lygon Street, North Melbourne, Southbank, South Wharf, and Docklands also taking part in the rebate offer.

So be prepared to make Thursday the new Friday and let all those out of the loop pay full price for their meal on the weekend instead.

Aside from the dining rebate scheme, the new $44 million package also includes $15.7 million for events and $10.4 million for outdoor trading to be made for businesses. “This is about getting people back to the CBD,” Premier Daniel Andrews said. “Having people not only visiting but spending – and that’s all about jobs,” he said. “Having people not only visiting but spending – and that’s all about jobs.”

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And with 92% of Victorians over the age of 16 having now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (84% have had one dose), Melbourne’s hospitality industry should get back to some version of normality soon enough. That’s a lot of potential diners right there.

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