This Week in the Market – 1 December 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– First prizes awarded in Christmas giveaway
– Urban blooms bring city to life
– Road closures during M80 upgrade

Market News

Something special to celebrate A better choice!

The A better choice! team are “cooking up” something special to celebrate the program and thank the Melbourne Market community for their support. We’ll be sharing more details next week, but make sure you’re on-site on Thursday 10 December and ready to taste some fresh market flavours…

Prizes won in first week of Christmas giveaway

The A better choice! Christmas giveaway has kicked off with over 400 entries in the first week. 
The competition will run until the 17th of December, and there are thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes to be won, with winners drawn daily.

When entering the competition customers nominate their favourite local greengrocer. Our first eight lucky winners have been customers from, Fruits of Life, Finer Fruit Shepparton, Henrys Mercato Stud Park, The Spud Shed, 7 Days Fresh, Fruitland Ringwood East, Altona Fresh and Tirupathi Indian Grocery Mini Mart; all A better choice! member stores.

It’s not too late to get involved, watch the video below to find out how your store can participate and offer your customers the chance to win! Dee from A better choice! explains how to get involved in the Christmas giveaway promotion. A Better Choice feedback
Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program?
We’d love to hear from you, send an email to

M80 Upgrade – Sydney Road to Edgars Road

The M80 Ring Road will undergo significant upgrades between Sydney Road and Edgars Road, beginning Monday 7 December through to Monday 21 December. The Edgars Road interchange will be closed for the two-week period with detours in place. 
Click here for further details. 

Urban blooms bring life to city

The Melbourne Market Authority was proud to throw its support behind Urban Blooms, where Melbourne’s florists took over icon landmarks in spectacular style. 
Floral installations brought life and colour to Melbourne’s streets, with large-scale blooms popping up in laneways, on buildings, and in prominent public locations to attract people back to the city to support local businesses.
Inspired by displays seen in Paris, New York and London, creator Elizabeth Ricci pitched the idea to the city of Melbourne as part of their $100 million Melbourne City recovery Fund.  There were 18 floral installations creating a bright path through the city, encouraging people to walk past and pose for a photo over a two-week period from Saturday 14 November 2020 to Friday 27 November 2020.
Congratulations to the local florists, growers and city of Melbourne for putting on such a fabulous event. It received a huge amount of media coverage and was a driver to bring life back to the City of Melbourne.   

You should continue to wear a face mask at all times while at the market

The Melbourne Market is a unique and busy environment where people regularly move back and forth between indoor and outdoor spaces. Due to the nature of operations at the market, people often come into close proximity with one another in both indoor and outdoor spaces that are densely populated, and it is not always possible to practice social distancing.  
For these reasons, market users should continue to wear a face mask at all times while on-site at the Melbourne Market. 

Detailed information regarding current COVID restrictions at the Market can be found at

A message from Foodbank Victoria 

The last day for Market donations in 2020 will be 17 December.
We look forward to returning to the Market on 11 January 2021.
We’d like to extend a warm thanks to the Market community who generously supported us in 2020.
We wish you all a safe and enjoyable break and see you in the New Year!

Last chance to enrol in Greengrocery course

The first student intake for the Certificate III in Greengrocery is about to commence, but it’s not too late to join.
Don’t forget, the Government are providing up to 50% wage subsidy up to the value of $7,000 per quarter for you to train eligible staff.  

For more details or to find out if your staff are eligible for the generous wage subsidies, contact Theresa Hunt on 0438 830 052 or by email at

Updated fees
On 1 January each year, general market fees increase which includes access cards and parking fees.
In 2021 fees will increase by 2.5 per cent. 
Click here to view the updated schedule of fees that will come into effect as of 1 January 2021.  

Christmas trading

Thursday 24th Dec – OPEN
Friday 25th Dec (Christmas Day) – MARKET CLOSED
Monday 28th Dec (Boxing Day observed) – MARKET CLOSED
Tuesday 29th Dec – OPEN
Wednesday 30th Dec – OPEN
Thursday 31st Dec – OPEN
Friday 1st Jan (New Year’s Day) – MARKET CLOSED
Monday 4th Jan – OPEN
Industry News
Portal to help exporters take advantage of Free Trade Agreements

The horticulture sector can become better versed in Australia’s free trade agreements thanks to a new online tool. Austrade has launched the Free Trade Advantage, a site designed to help Australian exporters come up to speed with FTAs. The portal will host more than 40 hours of content, including resources on exporting and trade, interactive modules, digital FTA seminars and more.

Click here to learn more.

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.

FORKLIFT OPERATOR – Guy’s Freight Service
Guy’s Freight Service is looking for an experienced forklift operator (preferably with HR licence). The role will be ongoing casual. The hours will vary, but primarily fall between 10.00 pm and 6.00 am 5-6 days per week.  
This is for an immediate start.
Must hold current forklift licence and drivers licence.
To be considered for this role:
– Have at least three years forklift experience
– Have experience unloading and loading trucks
– A HR licence would be an advantage
– Be available to work weekends if needed
– Own reliable transport – (car parking will be provided)
– Be reliable and punctual

Please contact our office if you are interested in this role on 9408 0921

FORKLIFT OPERATOR – Pivato Vegetable Growers
Position available for a forklift operator to deliver and help make up orders of fresh vegetables in the growers shed (best place in the market 😂)
Job is only for Thursday mornings. 
Please contact Darren on 0417 383 602 if you are interested. 

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