Flower Market Circular – 24 November 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Meet our new Safety Committee
– Access card pop up stand in the Flower Market
– My MMA Portal Now Live

Market News
Meet our new Safety Committee 
Our new safety committee met for the first time last Tuesday, 16 November. The committee has been established to ensure constant improvement of safety operations around the market, with a strong focus on ensuring the health and safety of market users is at the forefront of everything we do at the Melbourne Market.  

Committee members include: 

– Amanda Flannery – MMA (Chair)
– David Whitchelo – MMA 
– Lauren Kitchener – MMA
– Jason Cooper – Fresh State
– Mark Robinson – Robinson’s Fresh Solutions 
– Peter Tran – Produce of Virginia
– Paul Smith – Dykes Bros
– Brad White – Toyota Material Handling 
– Ray N De Rosario – Toyota Material Handling 

The main points that came out of the inaugural meeting were:

– Lighting in car parks 
– Driver behaviour
– Speed zones and signage

Over the coming months, the safety committee will be working together to address these issues and other concerns raised in the meeting. Minutes from the meeting will be uploaded to the MMA website this week. 

We would like a representative from the Flower Market to join the committee so please reach out to Amanda Flannery if you are interested in joining.
Email: aflannery@melbournemarket.com.au Phone: 0428 910 182

Alternatively, if you have any safety concerns you would like addressed in the next meeting, which will take place in February 2022, please reach out to any of the committee members.

Access Card pop up stand in the Flower Market

On Thursday, 25 November, the access card pop up stand will be available at the Flower Market, for one morning only, between 4am – 8am. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to come to the stand on Thursday to have your access card reskinned to show your vaccination status. 

If you are unable to attend you can have your vaccination proof verified at Gate 1 for processing by the Customer Service team. The new overlay with the vaccination symbol will be available for collection at Gate 1 after 48 hours.

Vaccination reminder
As Authorised Workers, all Melbourne Market access cardholders and contractors must be double vaccinated by 26 November. Any person who has currently only had a single vaccination dose should ensure they receive their second dose before 26 November for continued access to the site. 

My MMA Portal Now Live
After a successful trial, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new My MMA Portal

The portal has been thoughtfully designed to provide your business with a single digital platform to view your business and glycol account details and interactions with the MMA. The portal currently includes the following services:

– Business account information
– Management of invoices and payments 
– Management of access cards
– Management of repairs, infringements and incidents
– Real-time glycol consumption

To take advantage of the portal’s benefits you must create an account by nominating a business representative and confirming business details. Amanda Flannery is happy to assist with account set-up and answering any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out to Amanda:
Email: aflannery@melbournemarket.com.au
Phone: 0428 910 182

Upcoming advisory committee meeting
The next advisory meetings are scheduled for December 7th and 8th.
Speaking to your advisory committee members is an effective way you can raise key issues with the MMA. 
To find out who your advisory committee members are, click here, and talk to them about the Market issues that affect you before the meetings in the next couple of weeks.

Christmas Trading Hours

The Melbourne Market, including the Flower Market, will be closed on public holidays during the Christmas – New Year period. The market will offer extended trading hours on some days during the Christmas – New Year period.

Thursday 23 December – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading
Friday 24 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Saturday 25 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Monday 27 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Tuesday 28 December – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Wednesday 29 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Thursday 30 December – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading hours
Friday 31 December – 2:00am – 7:30am, – extended trading hours
Saturday 1 January – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Monday 3 January – MARKET CLOSED, public holiday
Tuesday 4 January – 3:30am – 7:30am, regular trading hours 

COVID Rules Update
Face masks
Whilst face masks are still required to be worn indoors in high-risk and retail settings, as a wholesale market coupled with the vaccine mandate for authorised workers (including all workers and visitors to the Melbourne Market) we are able to ease face mask restrictions at the Melbourne Market. 
Face masks will no longer be mandatory in either indoor or outdoor locations. Individuals can choose to wear face masks if they wish. 

Density Limits
There are no density limits or requirements on indoor or outdoor locations, so any existing limits on the number of people in market cafes, workspaces, warehouses, office meeting rooms, or other market locations can be removed. 

Positive Cases
The Department of Health will no longer conduct contact tracing, and exposure sites will not be publicly listed, but as part of these changes, it was also announced that positive cases must inform their workplace if they test positive for COVID. 
At the Melbourne Market, we have already been following this process since the start of the pandemic, with the market community promptly notified of positive cases and exposure locations through central communications. This process will remain unchanged, with businesses still required to inform the MMA if an employee tests positive, but the key difference is that close contacts will only need to isolate until a negative test is returned. 

Fresho at the Melbourne Market

Fresho is now accessible for both buyers and sellers at the Melbourne Flower Market for easier and faster pre-ordering and invoicing. Fresho, Australia’s largest digital wholesale platform, gives you the power and convenience to fully manage pre-ordering and invoicing simply online, from any device, anywhere and anytime. 

Watch how it works below.Simplify processes, reduce errors and save time. Plus, Fresho takes care of all the setup. 

Want to learn more and sign up? Email admin@fresho.com or just text “learn more” to  0477 326 564.

M80 Upgrade: Upcoming Works
There are multiple closures on the M80 Ring Road in the coming week.

Edgars Road Greensborough-bound exit ramp closure
The Edgars Road Greensborough-bound exit ramp will be closed from 9pm, Wednesday 24 November to 5am, Monday 29 November. Detours will be in place via Dalton Road and Mahoneys Road. 
Sydney Road Greensborough-bound entry ramp closure
The Sydney Road Greensborough-bound entry ramp will be closed from 9pm, Friday 26 November to 5am, Monday 29 November. Detours will be in place via Hume Highway and Cooper Street, and Mahoneys and Edgars roads during this time.
Hume Freeway to M80 Ring Road, Greensborough-bound
The Hume Freeway to M80 Ring Road Greensborough-bound ramp from 9pm, Friday 26 November until 5am, Monday 29 November. While the ramp is closed, detours will be in place via the M80 Ring Road.Men’s Health Awareness Month 
Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in young men, with more than 70,000 men diagnosed each year. When diagnosed and treated early, there’s a high chance it will be completely treatable. 

Movember has created Nuts & Bolts, which is a platform that provides men with information on testicular cancer and the power to stay on top of their health by knowing the signs they should be looking for. Learn more about testicular cancer here

Below is a video featuring Ben Smith, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at only 24 years old. Watch his story below. 

Industry News
Flowers For Special Occasions

The use of flowers during special occasions has been in practice since time immemorial. During ancient times, flowers played an important role in social customs in countries like Rome, Greece, Egypt, and China. The tradition of every flower having its meanings and symbolism spread out to the world in middle age, and we regard them to this day.

Read more on The Southern Maryland Chronicle.

Horticultural Trends Predicted to be Huge in 2022
After a long year in which many Australians have spent months in lockdown, looking forward to the new year is an exciting time. According to Amazing Graze Flowers, who provide same-day flower delivery Melbourne-wide, the new year is all about a fresh start, which is set to be a major trend in 2022.Read more on Yahoo! Finance

14 Beautiful Christmas Flowers and Plants That Will Brighten Anyone’s Day

Traditionally, it might be more common to associate the holiday season with Christmas trees than Christmas flowers, but just like fall flowers, spring flowers, and summer flowers, there are season-specific blooms and plants to keep in mind this December when sending someone a bouquet or looking for decor to make your house extra festive. 
Read more on Woman’s Day.

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.
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