Melburnians are racing out to restaurants, bars and cafes across the City of Melbourne to claim money back on their dining bills before the $8.4 million Melbourne Money initiative runs out.
With less than $3 million in funds remaining, diners are encouraged to submit their claims now.
Diners can claim on meals eaten since Friday 11 June and there is enough time to dine out again before the scheme ends.
Melbourne Money applies to meals purchased worth more than $50 (incl. GST) across the municipality – eligible dining receipts can be uploaded to the Melbourne Money website, for 20 per cent of the bill back with a maximum rebate of $100.
Some of the most popular venues for Melbourne Money claims include Chin Chin, Kisume, San Telmo, Supernormal and Old Beijing, but foodies can dine anywhere in the municipality, from their favourite cafe to an adventurous hole-in-the-wall.
With only a few million dollars remaining, diners are encouraged to check the Melbourne Money website to ensure funds are still available before dining and submitting a claim. When Melbourne Money funds are exhausted, people with eligible pending claims will still be covered.
Melbourne Money is offered in partnership with the Victorian Government as part of its $107.4 million contribution to bolster City of Melbourne businesses and bring the buzz back.
To make a claim, visit money.melbourne.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp:
“To say this has been a success is an understatement – we’ve seen diners out in force bringing back the buzz, and we’ve paid $5 million back in just over one month,” the Lord Mayor said.
“I want diners to claim every last dollar of this scheme, because every dollar spent flows back into our cafes, bars and restaurants.
“This may be the last weekend for diners to take advantage of our Melbourne Money offer, so we’re asking Victorians to come and enjoy a meal in the municipality before the fund runs out.”
Quotes attributable to City Activation portfolio lead, Councillor Roshena Campbell:
“Melbourne Money has provided a much needed boost to our hospitality businesses after the most recent lockdown. It has contributed to approximately $25 million in hospitality spending across our municipality, from Lygon Street to Docklands,” Cr Campbell said.
“We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from businesses, who have told us they’ve seen an increase in spending as a result of the program.”