Flower Market Circular edition 70 – 27 September 2017

In today’s Flower Market Circular, the value of a drug and alcohol policy for your business, time’s running out to register your children to visit the Market, the AFL Grand Final public holiday reminder and get creative for the Spring Racing Carnival in a skills development workshop.

Market News

Establish a drug and alcohol policy for your business

The MMA recently held a drug and alcohol awareness training program for managers and one of the key learnings was the importance of establishing a drug and alcohol policy in your workplace.

This ensures risks to workplace health and safety associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs can be dealt with consistently, legally and to the benefit of both the employer and the employee.

A drug and alcohol policy should be developed in consultation with employees and focus on prevention, education, counselling and rehabilitation. The policy works best if it has the commitment of management and support of the workers.

As a starting point, WorkSafe Victoria has a comprehensive guide to establishing a drug and alcohol policy for your business which you can access here.

LED upgrade in the Flower Market

Have you noticed the colour and appearance of your flowers may have enhanced in the Flower Market?

This may be due to the LED lighting replacement which is almost complete in the Flower Market, improving lighting levels and colour throughout.

The lighting upgrade has commenced in the Fruit & Vegetable Trading Floor and the administration building, followed by the Buyers’ Walk, car parks and external canopies later this year.

The project is scheduled to be completed in November.

Children in the Market

Time’s running out to register your children to visit the Market during the Term Three school holidays next Tuesday 3 October and Wednesday 4 October.

Registrations will close on Monday 2 October and are limited to the first 100 registered children.

Download the registration form here and read the accompanying information carefully, ensuring your business nominee has signed it before returning it to the MMA as soon as possible.

Contact the MMA on 9258 6100 for more information.

AFL Grand Final public holiday reminder

A reminder the Market will be closed this Friday 29 September 2017 for the AFL Grand Final public holiday.

Normal trading hours apply on Thursday 28 September and Saturday 30 September 2017.

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Industry News

Create new designs for the Spring Racing Carnival

Melbourne Polytechnic is presenting a series of skills development demonstrations, workshops and master classes to inspire and add to your technical knowledge to create innovative and exciting floral designs.

Get in quick and secure your spot in the October workshop, see below:


Fascinators, perchers, race day buttonholes and other wearable designs suitable for the races.
Date: Tuesday 17th October
Time: 6.00– 9.00pm
Cost: $180 (GST inclusive)

To enrol in these short courses please contact the Short Course Office on 03 9269 8615 or email.

Update your details

Have you changed address recently? If you haven’t received a letter from the MMA in the past month, your account details could be out of date.

To update your account details contact the Customer Service Centre on 9258 6123 or customerservice@melbournemarket.com.au

Key Dates

AFL Grand Final public holiday

  • 29 September

Children in the Market

  • 3 October
  • 4 October

Racing carnival workshop

  • 17 October

Ask the MMA

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

For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

7AM - 3PM, MON - FRI