Flower Market Circular – 1 March 2022

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In this edition of the Flower Market Circular:

– Changes to vaccination hub times
– Zero tolerance to violence
– International Women’s Day

Market News
Changes to Vaccination Hub opening hours

Following feedback from some market users, the Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub has changed to slightly earlier operating hours of 4:15 am – 11:15 am, Monday to Friday. 

With many market users receiving the COVID-19 booster from their GP or state-run vaccine clinic over the last few months, it is no surprise that our third vaccination hub has experienced less demand. 
If vaccination demand at our Melbourne Market clinic continues to decline, allied health provider, CHM, may choose to leave the market earlier than the planned three weeks. 

The MMA recommends that if you would like to get your COVID booster at the Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub, do not delay. Book a vaccine appointment, or line up for a walk-in spot as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Face Mask Update
Last week, the Victorian Government announced several changes to pandemic orders and public health recommendations that came into effect on Friday 25 February.

Face masks are no longer mandatory in most indoor settings, including at the Melbourne Market. Individuals can choose to wear face masks if they wish, but face masks will not be compulsory in any setting at the market. 

Zero tolerance to violence
We all deserve to work in a safe environment and go home at the end of each workday, and this includes not being subjected to violence or aggression in the workplace.
The MMA has a zero-tolerance approach to aggression and violence at the Melbourne Market. Over the past year, the MMA has imposed life bans on four market users who had engaged in this type of dangerous behaviour. 
Thank you for making the market a safe and enjoyable place for everyone to work. 

Fire Safety Procedure
Over the past year, the MMA has worked closely with fire safety contractors to improve our systems during an active emergency or a planned evacuation trial.

Upon activation of a fire alarm or in an emergency, all market entry gates will automatically close, and access cards will not be able to open entry gates. This measure ensures market users not already on-site are not able to gain entry to the market and inadvertently expose themselves to dangers or hazards unnecessarily. Exit gates will always remain operational during any emergency situation or alarm activation.  

Once the Melbourne Fire Brigade or relevant emergency services give the all-clear and make any necessary changes to the fire panel, entry gates will become operational again.

Market users must always adhere to evacuation alarms and follow the directions of Market Relations Officers in any emergency.

International Women’s Day 
Next Tuesday, 8 March is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. This International Women’s Day we will be celebrating the women of the Melbourne Market and encouraging market users to support this year’s IWD theme #BreakTheBias on social media. Look out for the team who will be travelling around the market between 4am and 7am next Tuesday to celebrate the important day. 

The below video teaches us what bias is and how breaking the bias is imperative to achieving equality. 

Breaking through the likeability bias
Monday 7 March 2022, 5.30PM
Online Event

On the eve of International Women’s Day, join Victorian Small Business Commissioner Lynda McAlary-Smith for frank conversations about small business women, leadership and ‘the likeability bias’. 
Hear about how the expectation of likeability ­can impact difficult conversations  
Gain practical tips from conflict resolution specialists Duean White and Anna McRae-Anderson 
Hear Luz Restrepo of Migrant Women in Business share her story of thriving through adversity – and more Register so you don’t miss out! 

Melbourne Market Charity Golf Day 2022

There is still time to register a team for the Melbourne Market Charity Golf Day! To find out about sponsorship opportunities or to register a team, click here to download a registration form

The fun day-out raises much-needed funds for not-for-profit organisation DEBRA Australia, which work tirelessly to support those living with a rare skin blistering disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is a rare disease whereby the skin blisters and peels at the slightest touch. Living with EB has been likened to living with third-degree burns. It is very painful, and sufferers must be bandaged every day with dressings to protect and medicate their wounds.

Market Golf Day BBQ

If golf isn’t your thing or you are unable to attend the event, you can still support DEBRA by attending a fundraising BBQ this Friday, 4 March. The BBQ will take place in Loading West from 4am to 7am. All proceeds will go towards assisting DEBRA to improve the lives of those living with EB, by providing necessary support services, medical supplies, aids and equipment, assistance with transition to independent living and research focusing on different aspects of EB. 


There are many moving parts of the Melbourne Market and it is important that when operating a vehicle on Market Land you always have your lights on, ensuring you can clearly see your surroundings and that you are visible to pedestrians and other vehicles. 

Industry News
20 Unique Flower Arrangements weddings

From short arrangements to tall pillars and everything in between, there are so many options for choosing beautiful flower arrangements for a wedding. But what if the bride wants something a bit out of the ordinary? If you’re on the hunt for something unique, look no further. Read more here.

20 houseplants that are perfect for first-time plant parents

Houseplants are a great way to bring greenery inside and uplift the mood of a home. Many people, however, hesitate to own plants due to the time and attention they require or the lack of ample sunlight in their homes. Contrary to popular assumptions, though, there are plenty of hardy plants that can thrive effortlessly inside, converting a dreary setting to a lively conversation starter.
Read more here.

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email submissions@melbournemarket.com.au for the position to be placed on our online job board.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job board

Ask the MMA
If you’ve got a question for the MMA email it to: submissions@melbournemarket.com.au.

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