Flower Market Update – 29 July 2022

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In this edition of the Flower Market Circular:

– Getting to know your Advisory Committee Members
– Covid Update – Vaccination Hub & Masks
– Creating a more inclusive Melbourne Market    

Market News  
Getting to know your Advisory Committee Members

Ilayda Kaplan works for Halit Flowers as the marketing and social media manager. She has developed a strong passion for the flower industry and wants to add a modern flair to the Melbourne Market community. You can find out more about Ilayda in the video below. Speaking to your advisory committee members is an effective way you can raise key issues with the MMA. You can visit Ilayda at Halit Flowers for any queries or suggestions you may have for the Flower Market Advisory Committee.

For a full list of Flower Advisory committee members and to view minutes from previous meetings, visit https://melbournemarkets.com.au/the-mma/advisory-committees/  

Getting to know your Advisory Committee Members – Ilayda Kaplan    

Covid Update – Vaccination Hub
One of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from severe illness from COVID-19 is by getting vaccinated.
The MMA is pleased to be able to offer onsite COVID-19 vaccination for two separate days in August for all market users. 

Vaccination hub details
When: Two days only. Thursday 4 August and 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.    

Covid Update
The Victorian Government has provided more advice on how people can protect themselves, their families and businesses this winter from COVID-19. Mask-wearing in indoor and crowded settings is now strongly recommended across Victoria, and the MMA strongly recommends mask-wearing in all indoor areas of the Melbourne Market.  The Minister for Health is requesting that employers consider working from home arrangements most appropriate for their workplace and employees based on individual requirements. The period when someone is considered a recently confirmed case (and therefore exempt from testing and isolation/quarantine requirements) has been revised to four weeks, down from 12 weeks.

Protecting the fresh produce supply chain
With the fresh produce industry already facing significant challenges, we encourage all market users to follow COVIDSafe practices. If not to protect your own health and your family’s health, then to reduce infection rates, allowing more people to continue to work to keep businesses open and operational. 


Creating a more inclusive Melbourne Market
The Melbourne Market is a unique environment made up of people from diverse backgrounds. It’s a great place where people work hard, look out for one another, are generous, and enjoy having a laugh together – and for many of us, it’s where we spend a considerable amount of our waking hours.

For this reason, we want a Melbourne Market where everyone feels included, where people feel safe and are treated with respect. The Melbourne Market should be a place free of racism, sexism, discrimination, harassment, violence and bullying – and currently, feedback from many of you suggests we need to do better as a market community.

The Melbourne Market Authority is launching a new market-wide initiative to look at our culture to create a more inclusive and respectful Melbourne Market for everyone, where people are proud to work and trade.

We invite you to participate in this future vision of the Melbourne Market. We’re looking for a range of people, from business principals to employees, sellers and buyers alike, to volunteer to join a working group that will lead this cultural change with the MMA. Our working group members will come together for an hour once every 8-10 weeks to share advice and perspectives and test ideas to develop the strategy. Ultimately, we want your input in setting the goals and objectives that will create a more inclusive Melbourne Market.

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in this important project, please email submissions@melbournemarket.com.au    

Digital Jobs Interns
Is your organisation is having trouble finding talent for digital roles? Then hosting a Digital Jobs participant through the Victorian Government might be great way to fast-track your recruitment.
Businesses receive a $5,000 wage subsidy for each 12-week digital placement and if the placement is a good fit, there is the opportunity to offer a longer-term role.

So what is a digital role? 
Candidates with skills in Web Development, Digital Marketing, IT Support are available for placement. 
If you think your business can benefit from the development of digital innovation visit www.djpr.vic.gov.au/digital-jobs/businesses to learn more    

Industry News  
Sustainability and going green in floristry

Like other industries, there is a growing trend for florists to work more sustainably, to protect our planet and precious resources for the next generation.

A floral designer can make choices about the flowers they use, using eco-friendly materials to design their floral displays, who they buy from, reducing waste, avoiding toxic chemicals and pesticides, conditioning flowers to extend their life, to re-purpose and re-use.

Click here to find out steps you can take to be more eco-friendly.    

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.   

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Ask the MMA

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

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