Flower Market Circular – 11 August 2022

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In this edition of the Flower Market Circular:

– Covid Update – Vaccination Hub Final Day
– Temporary Power Shutdown
– Fine Food Australia Exhibition

Market News
Covid Update – Vaccination Hub Final Day
It was great to see many people take up the opportunity to get vaccinated last week. DPV Health will be back onsite to offer COVID-19 vaccinations for one more day and is available for all market users.

Vaccination hub details
When: Thursday 18 August, 7 am – 11 am.
Where: A private screened-off area within Art & Style retail store, next to Customer Service on the Buyers’ Walk. 
Vaccines available: Pfizer and Novavax vaccinations will be available for anyone requiring a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd vaccine dose; 4th vaccinations are available for anyone over 30.
Getting your vaccination: No booking is required; vaccinations will be administered via a walk-in service. You will need to bring your medicare card and a form of photo ID with you.

Temporary Power Shutdown
On Sunday, 28 August, various areas of the Melbourne Market will undergo a temporary power shutdown that will affect some premises. The shutdown allows crucial maintenance works to be carried out on the inner ring power supply system.

The power supply will be cut for approximately eight and a half hours, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

The following Market areas will be affected:

F&V Building
Trading Stand
Admin Building
Diesel Station 
LPG Station – North & South
Waste Transfer Station
Loading West/ North/ South
General House Services – Lighting and Power

During the shutdown, premises will be without power supply, including cooling/refrigeration.
Warehouses on the outer ring will not be affected by this shutdown. 

Fine Food Australia Exhibition
With the success of the Foodservice Australia expo earlier this year, the Melbourne Market is participating in the Fine Food Australia event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Monday, 5 September to Thursday, 8 September.

The Fine Food Australia exhibition is dedicated to everything food service, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and so much more, with an expected attendance of around 25,000 visitors. The Melbourne Market will showcase its excellence in fresh produce and flowers.

We have a unique opportunity for flower stand holders to participate by showcasing a range of fresh flowers on the stand and talking to visitors for the duration of the expo. If you would like to participate, please contact Theresa to register your interest.

Bardee Food Waste Management Solution

The MMA continues to source innovative solutions to improve organic waste solutions in the market while ensuring costs do not affect businesses.

Bardee is a fast-growing company helping to make agriculture more sustainable, by diverting food waste from landfill and using it to create fertilisers. And it makes a real difference because every tonne of food waste diverted from landfill creates 1,900kg of CO2 offsets!

Bardee is now partnering with the Melbourne Market, collecting organic waste and turning it into protein products that can then be used as fertilisers, which are then available for purchase by users at the Melbourne Market at a discounted price.

To learn more about how you can purchase Bardee fertilisers and complete the sustainability circle please contact Hannah Johnston.

A WorkSafe Victoria requirement:
Eliminating the risk of ejection from Market Vehicles

Vehicles are essential to work at the Melbourne Market but can also be a significant safety risk.
WorkSafe Victoria has contacted the MMA about electric vehicle safety and, more specifically, preventing people from being ejected from market-approved vehicles. 
WorkSafe recommends the most effective way for businesses to eliminate the risk of ejection from market-approved vehicles is by fitting seatbelts for all occupants in all-electric vehicles, including forklifts, golf buggies, and Taylor Dunns, many of which do not currently have seatbelts.

Reasonable timeframes will be put in place for the installation of seat belts before infringements are issued, as WorkSafe expects seatbelts to be fitted and worn when operating all vehicles in the market.

Have you noticed a safety hazard or witnessed unsafe behaviour in the market?
You can report any safety concerns by calling the operations team on 0438 513 894.
Save the number in your mobile phone so you always have it handy.

Industry News
Rare Queen of Sheba orchid, 10 years in the making, sighted on WA’s south coast

Adorned with stunning shades of purple, blue and yellow, Theylmitra variegata, commonly called the Queen of Sheba orchid, is one of the rarest plants on Earth.

The Queen of Sheba, which only grows wild in the southern parts of WA, is one of the state’s most protected species and can take between seven and 10 years to flower.

Click here to find out more.

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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