The Week in the Market edition 162 – 16 January 2018

In today’s This Week in the Market,  Australia Day trading hours are announced, read the latest news on the proposed Market in the south-east, your chance to supply fruit and veg to Victoria’s prisons plus last call for nominations into the Northern Business Achievement Awards.

Market News

Christmas all wrapped up for another year

The Christmas spirit was alive and well in the Market during December with many Market users joining in the festivities. We even received a visit from Santa and his helper on December 22.

We would like to thank the Market community for keeping the Market a safe workplace during its peak.

Australia Day public holiday

The Fruit and Vegetable market will be closed on Friday 26 January for the Australia Day public holiday.

The following trading hours will apply for the Fruit and Vegetable Market:

  • Thursday 25 January: 2:30am to 7:00am. (one hour earlier)
  • Friday 26 January: Market Closed

If your parking permit only allows access on a day where a public holiday falls, and you would like to come to the Market on an alternative adjacent day (for example your parking permit is for a Friday and you would like to access the Market on Thursday 25 January), you will not be charged for parking and can enter the Market. However please note, your regular bay may not be available. Please seek instruction from a Market Relations Officer on arrival.

Warehouse access remains unchanged. Access for warehouse tenants is 24 hours 7 days a week.

Public liability insurance certificate reminder for lease and licence holders

Don’t forget to provide the MMA with an updated Public Liability Insurance (PLI) certificate for your business if it’s expired since July 2017.

The certificate needs to reflect the following information:

  • Insured name to be the name of the Lessee/Licensee,
  • Minimum public liability coverage of $20 million for any single event.,
  • The Melbourne Market, Cooper Stree, Epping VIC 3076 noted as a situation of risk, and
  • The Melbourne Market Authority noted as an interested party.

Certificates can be emailed directly to the MMA Property Administrator Rowena Sculli.

In the news

Planning Minister Richard Wynne intervenes on produce market proposal in south-east.

The Age, 9 January 2018
A council-approved proposal for a $15-million fruit and vegetable market in Melbourne’s south-east is in doubt after it was called in by Victoria’s Planning Minister.Richard Wynne took the unusual step amid concerns for protection of the green wedge area where the market would be located.Read Article in full.

Industry News

New Tender opportunity available

Are you interested in supplying fruit and vegetables to Victoria’s Public Prisons?

The Department of Justice and Regulation is seeking to establish one or more contractual relationship(s) for the Supply of Perishable Food to Victoria’s Public Prisons including fruit and vegetables.

The Request for Tender release date is estimated to be 31 January 2018. Once it’s released, the Request for Tender will be available for download from the Victorian Government Tenders System (

You’ll need to register to be eligible to apply, so head to the tenders website to create a profile prior to the tender release date.

Passionfruit and Mango point of sale

Passionfruit and Mango point of sale are currently available for FREE at the vintage truck located outside the Customer Service Centre.

Get your hands on these kits to add some colour to your store this summer. Kits include posters, recipe flyers and bunting.

Nominate your business for the Northern Business Achievement Awards

Nominations close: Wednesday 17 January 2018

If you believe your business is on the leading edge and a representative can attend the awards breakfast on 1 March 2018, don’t delay – complete and submit the nomination form now!

Nominations are open to all businesses that are based in the City of Whittlesea who have made a contribution to the economy, the community and the development of employment skills for the next generation.

Young Business Achiever
The young business achiever must:

  • Be an employee of a company for at least 12 months,
  • Be 25 years or younger,
  • Have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their particular field,
  • Have an outstanding attitude and clear career aspirations.

For a copy of the form contact the Economic Development team on 9217 2278 or email

For more details visit the NBAA website.

Key Dates

Australia Day public holiday – Market closed

  • Friday 26 January

Chinese New Year Celebrations

  • 20 February

For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

7AM - 3PM, MON - FRI