Govt refuses to extend vouchers for flood areas

Dine & Discover vouchers end on June 30. If you haven’t used yours, they become null and void in three days.

State MP Janelle Saffin has been fighting for an extension on the time the vouchers can be used in our region.

The State Treasurer Matt Keen has said a firm no.

We asked Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello why the Dine & Discover vouchers couldn’t be extended beyond June 30 for flood impacted areas. He responded to our inquiry but did not answer the question about extending the voucher time frame.

State MP Janelle Saffin asked the treasurer for a 12-month extension to the time period to use the vouchers.

“Locals have not been able to spend their vouchers in the months since the catastrophic flooding events which decimated our communities and our businesses,” Ms Saffin said.

Ms Saffin suggested the voucher extension covers the Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore City, Tweed Shire, Tenterfield, Ballina, Byron Shire and Clarence Valley LGAs.

“A time extension would really help drive our recovery as more businesses take steps to reopen and trade during the next financial year,” Ms Saffin said.

If you are having trouble spending your Discover vouchers, here are some places you can use them at:

Evans Head Living Museum

Buy a Museum Passport. Or purchase history books and calendars. Call 6682 6410.

Northern Rivers Military Museum

At Casino Drill Hall site next to the visitor information centre

Use your voucher for entry to the museum and donate the rest of the $25 voucher to the museum. Open today and Thursday after 9am.

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