This Week In The Market – 10 August 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– In memory of Vireakboth Sok
– Make safety your number one priority
– Be part of 40-year celebration wall

Market News
In memory of Vireakboth Sok

The Melbourne Market Community continues to grieve the tragic loss of Vireakboth Sok (Tak).
We offer condolences to all those impacted by his death.
Vireakboth’s employer, Coolibah Herbs, has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for Vireakboth’s parents, who currently live in Cambodia. 
Make workplace safety your number one priority

Workplace safety is critical. 

We all deserve to work in a safe environment and go home to our families and loved ones at the end of each workday. 

Vehicles and forklifts present a significant risk to workplace safety, and while they are essential for work at the market, the consequences can be catastrophic when they are not used safely. 

All market users have a responsibility to act in a safe manner at all times. 
Don’t take shortcuts. 
Follow the rules.
Keep safety in the forefront of your mind in all that you do. 

Members of the Melbourne Market community are well known for their generosity and for looking out for one another.
Let’s make sure that extends to workplace health and safety because the best way you can look out for your family, your mates and your co-workers is by making workplace safety your number one priority. 

Tracking our safety performance

The MMA is introducing a new initiative to highlight the number of market OHS incidents in each given week. 
Market TV screens will soon display the total number of OHS related demerit points issued to market users, to keep safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind and give the market community a safety goal to work towards. 

Demerit points included in the weekly tally will include infringements for things like speeding, dangerous driving, failure to obey road signage, using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle, failure to wear a face mask when required, and other similar offences. 

The MMA is currently looking at ways we can reward and acknowledge a significant reduction in total OHS demerit points issued. 

Let’s all switch onto safety, do the right thing and target zero OHS incidents! 

Current COVID restrictions

The Melbourne Market is still operating under stage 4 restrictions.
The following rules are currently in place. 

– Fitted face masks are mandatory and are required to be worn at all times while on market land, in both indoor and outdoor locations.
– Market cafes are providing a takeaway service only
– Gates 2 and 3 and the P1 pedestrian turnstile are closed, with all vehicle and foot traffic required to come through Gate 1; 
– Only one person per electric vehicle or buggy, no passengers.
– Non-essential market visitors are restricted from entering the market 

We ask you to be vigilant and continue to follow COVIDSafe practices.
– Social distancing must be strictly adhered to; you must keep 1.5 metres from others wherever possible.
– Do not attend the Melbourne Market if you are feeling unwell.
– If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

COVID penalties
Market users risk severe penalties for non-compliance for mask-wearing and social distancing.
1st offence – official warning recorded on users file
2nd offence – 24-hour suspension
3rd offence – 14-day suspension

Please do your bit for the market and wear your face mask correctly, and call out those who are not doing the right thing – we’re all in this together.


40-year celebration wall 

As communicated last week, the MMA is further recognising the life-long contribution of our gold cardholders with the installation of a 40-year celebration wall. 

Names that appear on the wall are based on our records; however, there may be market users who have worked in the industry for over 40 years but have never applied for the gold card. 

To become a gold card member you need to apply by downloading and completing the 40-year service award form from the website. 
If you think your name should be added to the wall, we invite you to apply for a gold card. 

The Melbourne Market is made up of a diverse, hard working and proud group of individuals, that make the market the unique and special place it is. The MMA is delighted to honour the longest-serving members of our community with the 40-year celebration wall.

Deep Cleaning of the Buyers’ Walk

Deep cleaning of the Buyers’ Walk concludes after trade this Wednesday, with the area out the front of tenancies 129 – 155 to be cleaned today.  Cleaning in front of tenancies 1-29 did not go ahead on the originally planned day due to equipment failure, so it will be completed on Wednesday. 
Please ensure any equipment or produce is removed from the area.

The deep cleaning equipment is loud and does emit diesel fumes. This may cause discomfort for staff occupying the offices on Level 1 when the machinery is operating in the vicinity.

Thank you for your tolerance as we work to provide a cleaner Market for everyone.

Industry News
New agriculture visa to be delivered before Christmas

Australian farmers have been reassured the government’s new agriculture visa will be delivered this year. Speaking with the ABC, National’s MP and Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, was adamant the visa would be delivered as promised.

“The announcement and the start date of an agricultural visa, specific for agriculture, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled will be well before Christmas,” said Littleproud. 
Read more on Produce Plus

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.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job board

Freshmax Australia Pty Ltd
Freshmax has two exciting opportunities for a Receivals Clerk and a Casual Forklift Operator at the Melbourne Market.
The Freshmax Group employs a global workforce of more than 700 employees, we reach across 87 countries spanning seven continents and handle more than 36 million boxes of fresh produce annually.
Excellent product knowledge and relevant industry experience preferred but not essential.
A drivers licence and forklift licence are essential, as well as an understanding of OH&S.
Please email your resume to and refer to our job vacancies on the Melbourne Market website

Retail Fruiterer
Experienced fruiterer required for retail store located in Glenroy area.
Duties include: 
Lifting, unloading, packing, customer service and must be willing to work as part of a team. 
Early morning starts are essential. 
All enquiries to John: 0418101193

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