This Week In The Market – 10 September 2019

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In this week’s Market News:

– Progress at Warehouse 7
– Support for Skye, in loving memory of Chris Elston
– Lions Club celebrate another stellar year of fundraising

Market News

Progress at Warehouse 7

While it may just look like a bare patch of dirt at the moment, a lot has been going on at Pad 7 so construction of the new warehouse can soon begin.
A site geotechnical report has been completed along with the initial site survey.
The first full site scrape was completed last week with 19 double tippers of soil removed from the site.
A site compound located at the rear of warehouse 8 has been set up which includes the site office, and room for vehicle parking.
The construction of Warehouse 7 is an exciting project for the Market with an approximate completion date of April 2020.

Support for Skye, in loving memory of Chris Elston

A few weeks ago Chris Elston tragically lost his life after being involved in a road accident at the Market.
Chris’s 6-year-old daughter, Skye, lost her loving father and many in the market community asked Fresh State for assistance in setting up a fund to ensure that Skye’s financial needs are taken care of in the future.
Fresh State has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to go into an education trust fund for Skye. The money donated will be used for her future tuition fees and costs of education.
If you would like to donate to the fund please click here.

A sea of 150,000 tulips line the Yarra River to celebrate the start of Spring

Over 150,000 tulips lined the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River on the first day of Spring as part of a large-scale installation by sustainable designer and eco-warrior Joost Bakker.
The Melbourne Market worked with Flowers Victoria (FV), Riverlee Developments, Seafarers and Joost Bakker to create the promotion to celebrate the start of Spring.
Largely known for lining Hosier Lane last year with a sea of tulips that were destined for the bin, last week’s promotion was five times larger, with Joost seeking to raise awareness of the epidemic facing local flower growers.
“For the last four of five years, flower growers have struggled to maximise their economic potential due to an industry facing headwinds; imported flowers now account for a large portion of the market, meaning a lot of growers in Australia have gone out of business,” said Joost.
The 150,000 tulips arrived at the Northbank location in mid-August via two semi-trucks, only to be unpacked and lined along the water in anticipation for the first day of spring.
Tens of thousands of people attended the event, walking through the sea of tulips while chatting to staff about the flower industry and how they can support the industry through buying from their local florists.
People then got to take home a bunch of the stunning tulips with them free of charge, which was an added bonus.
There was a large amount of media coverage across TV and print as well as all over social media channels.
It was an amazing event that put flowers in the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Lions Club celebrates another stellar year of fundraising

The Melbourne Market Lions Club, together with sponsors, beneficiaries and friends recently gathered at the Kooyong tennis club to celebrate another stellar year of fundraising and distribution to beneficiaries.
An amazing $185,000 was distributed to 15 charities with the major recipients being the Debra Foundation, Fareshare and St Vincents hospital foundation. On the night, the CEO’s of those organisations delivered a wonderful brief insight into their operations how the funds received will benefit so many.
Six months ago the Lions Club presented $160,000 to the Jigsaw Foundation (a group of specialists associated with the Royal children’s hospital). This amount brought the total amount distributed by the Melbourne Market Lions Club this year to an astonishing $345,000.
Well done to everyone involved – an amazing achievement!

Weekly words of wisdom

Our safety tip for this week is: Secure your load on forklifts!
Thanks for the great tip Troy!

Fire warden training

After several requests from Market businesses, a fire warden training course will be held for Market tenants. Business Principals can nominate themselves or a representative from their business to attend the course, free of charge.
Those who attend the training will gain the skills needed to be a fire warden for their business in the event of an emergency.
When: Monday 28 October 2019, 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Where: Conference Room, Ground Floor, Administration Building
Cost: Free of charge

Are you concerned about your drinking or drug use?

There are many organisations that offer drug and alcohol-related support services.

Direct Line – 1800 888 236
DirectLine provides a confidential 24-hour telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone in Victoria wishing to discuss alcohol or drug-related issues.

A comprehensive list of other drug and alcohol support services can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website at

AFL Grand Final public holiday

Looking forward to the upcoming long weekend?
The Market will be closed on Friday 27 September for the AFL Grand Final eve public holiday.
If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on a public holiday, and you would like to come to the Market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the Market. However, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.
Will your team be celebrating on the last Saturday in September? There are only six teams left in the running. Check out the road to grand final success in the AFL’s finals predictor tool.

Industry News

Australian exports reach record levels

The world’s appetite for Australian fruit, nuts and vegetables has continued to grow with the value of Australian produce exports reaching almost A$2.8bn for the first time in 2018-19 financial year.
The figures, released Global Trade Atlas, represent a 27 per cent increase on the 2017-2018 financial year, the country’s highest year-on-year increase.
Click here to read more.

Produce Plus magazine

The latest edition of Produce Plus, the magazine for fresh fruit and vegetable marketing in Australia and New Zealand, is now available to read in all Market Cafes.

Key Dates

  • Advisory Committee Meetings – Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 September
  • Grand Final Public Holiday – Friday 27 September

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