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Central Coast tourism needs the promised Government boost

Central Coast tourism is suffering while the Berejiklian Government continues its ‘Big Sleep’, failing to roll out its promised accommodation vouchers.

1 June 2021

 

THE NSW Government needs to wake up and to urgently roll out its long promised accommodation vouchers for NSW residents. Its slow roll out of its $100 accommodation vouchers, which were designed to encourage people to holiday locally, seems to have crashed against a Brock wall.

 

The Government had failed to deliver on its promise at Budget Estimates to deliver $100 accommodation vouchers. The Government’s website announced 'more details on how businesses can register and how people can apply for the accommodation vouchers and their release date will be announced in coming weeks.' Nine weeks later, the message is the same.

 

The purpose of these vouchers was to stimulate the economy during the quieter winter months. By the time these vouchers are rolled out, and people are claiming them, it will be back into spring.  And given this Government’s record, it is likely they will never roll out to councils, such as the Central Coast, which desperately need them, who are outside the day tripper distance from Sydney.

 

Not surprisingly, the Northern Territory’s voucher system (a $200 tourism voucher, and a $200 voucher for fuel purchases that rolled out last year), was a success, while the Berejiklian Government’s slow, mean and poorly targeted 4x $25 Dine and Discover vouchers was an insult to the people of NSW.

 

Th Berejiklian Government is again asleep at the wheel and needs to understand that the tourism industry is suffering. Why is the Government delaying this much needed and long promised assistance?

Grapevine News Online

Central Coast NSW

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