We’re being encouraged to spend our Dine and Discover vouchers in the Hunter, before they expire at the end of the month.

It’s estimated, there’s around $300 million unspent across NSW, which is set to vanish on June 30.

According to Business Hunter, with around ten percent of the state’s population in the Hunter, there’s $30 million yet to be used locally.

CEO Bob Hawes says there’s no point letting the vouchers go to waste, when local business could benefit.

“That’s quite a significant amount of money to spend in a relatively short period of time,” he said.

“We really encourage people to have a look at their app or to go online to the Service NSW website and check their eligibility.”

There’s concern the vouchers have been forgotten as COVID restrictions eased and check-ins and other requirements have been dropped from shop windows.

The Stay NSW voucher for accommodation doesn’t expire until October, but we’re being urged to use the six Dine and Discover vouchers in the next week.

“It’s an opportunity for people to start googling and asking places whether they take the vouchers, and if they do, get out and have a very busy weekend,” Mr Hawes said.

“Businesses really do need people’s support, so it’s up to our community to have a good look.”