Steph Cooke and John Barilaro sit on a couch and hold budget papers. They smile at the camera.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the announcement NSW residents will be given $100 worth of digital vouchers that can be used at eateries and on arts and tourism attractions across NSW.

Ms Cooke said the vouchers were part of a flagship $500 million program to help business, stimulate the State’s economy and support local jobs.

“So many of our small businesses have had an incredibly difficult year and these vouchers will hopefully give them the boost they deserve. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy themselves after this tough time,” Ms Cooke said.

“I am very hopeful we will see people visiting our beautiful region and making the most of these vouchers, as well as locals continuing to support the businesses they love.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the $500 million Out & About program is designed to boost businesses hit hard by the pandemic, by encouraging people to get out and enjoy the best of NSW.

“No industry has felt the economic impacts of COVID-19 more than the hospitality, arts and tourism industries,” Mr Perrottet said.

“NSW acted swiftly to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 and we want to help businesses by encouraging spending within local communities, especially within the hospitality, arts and tourism sectors.”

Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total – with the program designed to encourage people to spend multiple times to support their local businesses.

Two vouchers can be used for eating in at venues such as restaurants, cafes, clubs and other food service venues, and two vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, such as cultural institutions, performing arts, cinemas, and amusement parks.

Service NSW will operate a pilot of the scheme throughout December in the Sydney CBD before launching Out & About across NSW in the new year.

Vouchers will not be redeemable for tobacco, alcohol or gambling. For more information, visit www.nsw.gov.au.