Voucher program returns to boost local businesses

February 1, 2021

Territorians can access up to $1 million in vouchers to spend at local retail and hospitality venues this month, with the return of a hugely popular business stimulus program announced today.

The territory’s Labor Government is once again teaming up with Darwin City Council and Alice Springs City Council to offer a collective fund to encourage local spending and boost the territory’s economy.

The opportunity will also be extended to other councils in the territory that participated in the previous voucher program.

The 2022 cycle of the Local Purchase Discount Program will open later this month and will continue until funds are exhausted.

Once underway, Territorians will be able to register, receive and redeem vouchers through a web-based application using mobile devices to spend at participating local businesses.

The City of Darwin’s myDarwin program was the first of its kind in Australia and was created by the council and built by businesses in the territory.

The 2020/21 funding round extended the rebate to all regions and generated $12 million in economic benefits for local businesses.

Quotes from Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Natasha Fyles:

“This voucher system has proven popular time and time again with shoppers, but it has also proven to be a sales driver for local businesses.

“Once again, we’re asking Territorians to sign up and shop at a store with a door, continue to support the local, and keep our economy going.”

“As we head into 2022, we must continue to support local to continue fueling our economic comeback and bounce back from COVID-19.”

Quotes from Darwin City Mayor Kon Vatskalis:

“It’s great to welcome the return of this hugely popular voucher scheme, which was launched by the City of Darwin at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Discussing with the business community, it dawned on me that the time has come for local and territorial governments to step up to help in what is traditionally a difficult time of year for business, even under normal circumstances.

“We encourage all Territorians to embark on this program, the benefits of which flow to businesses across the territory.”

Quotes from Alice Springs City Council Mayor Matt Paterson:

“We welcome the return of this voucher program to the Red Center and recognize the support it provides to local businesses here in Alice Springs.

“This is just another reminder to support local whenever you can, and I encourage shoppers and businesses to re-enroll in this program.”

Northern Territory Government

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