This Week In The Market – 14 September 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Second-dose Pfizer jabs coming to the Melbourne Market
– Market Community thanks nursing staff
– Deliveroo helping customers make ‘A better choice!’ 

Market News
Austin Health coming back to the Melbourne Market for second Pfizer doses

Throughout the past three weeks, the most common question related to the Vaccination Hub has been, ‘Will Austin Health return to administer second doses?‘ Since beginning our campaign to get a vaccination clinic on-site, the MMA has advocated for this outcome. 

We are pleased that the Department of Health has confirmed Austin Health will return to the Melbourne Market to administer second-dose Pfizer vaccinations from Monday, 11 October

There is significant demand for vaccines across Victoria, with many large worksites, businesses and schools looking to roll out on-site vaccinations. Because of this, our second doses will run a little different, with Austin Health coming back on site for a one-week ‘mega-blitz’.

The Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub will open each morning from 5 am – 12 pm from Monday 11 October to Friday 15 October

Submit your questions
Over the coming week, we will be compiling a frequently asked questions document to share with the market community and invite market users to submit any questions they have about second Pfizer doses to for us to include in our communications. 

Market Community thanks Austin Health staff
With 3,009 Pfizer vaccinations administered on-site over 15 days, the Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub has so far been a great success. 
Well done to the market community for coming out in force and rolling up your sleeves to get the jab.

It could not have been possible if not for the hard work of the clinicians from Austin Health who came to us to make vaccination as easy as possible. In addition, we have had much positive feedback about how helpful and friendly the nursing staff have been. Upon closure of the Vaccination Hub last Friday, we were happy to provide the nurses with a real treat, an array of free fruits and vegetables set up in Art & Style for the Austin Health team to fill their bags with to take home. Thank you to those businesses who donated produce. 

Securing a vaccination clinic on-site took the MMA several months of advocating on behalf of our market community, so we are proud that so many people took up the offer of on-site vaccination. It confirms your amazing commitment to protecting your loved ones, your businesses and the fresh produce supply chain. 

The Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub was one of the first of its kind for industry, and due to its success, the Department of Health is now looking to replicate a similar model for other on-site vaccination clinics. 

Pictured below: MMA staff with Austin Health nursing staff on the final day of the three-week first-dose Vaccination Hub. 

Grand Final Public Holiday

While the AFL grand final is leaving Victoria for a second year in a row, at least Victorians will still get to enjoy a public holiday to mark the event. 

The market will be closed on Friday 24 September for the AFL grand final 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.

Deliveroo is helping our customers to make ‘A better choice’!

As announced last week, the A better choice! team has worked hard and negotiated with delivery giant Deliveroo to provide a discounted delivery service to all members. There has been a fantastic response to the offer from A better choice! retailers so far, and why wouldn’t there be? With no onboarding costs, 0% commission for the first month and a low ongoing rate of 22% for members, this is an unbelievable discount on Deliveroo’s standard offering!

Some stores may already have delivery services or online platforms, but for those who don’t, or those who want to offer their goods to an established platform with a large existing customer database, this partnership will enable you to do so quickly and at reduced fees. 

So what are you waiting for? Click the button below and start contactless selling right from your store! Click here to learn more about Deliveroo

Advisory committee meetings

Last week all four market advisory committees met with MMA Management to discuss relevant market issues.
The MMA provided updates on key projects and initiatives such as the COVID-19 vaccination hub, solar canopy build, cafe relocation, A better choice! program, the new MMA customer portal, and more. 

The key area of discussion in all four meetings was safety in the market.

The MMA, with support from Fresh State and Toyota Material Handling, confirmed we will be forming a new OH&S committee with key representatives from all areas of the market.  
To learn more about the new OHS committee and how you can become involved, speak to David Whitchelo,

Minutes from all advisory committee meetings are publically available for market users to view on the MMA website. 
Go to

Speaking to your advisory committee members is an effective way you can raise key issues with the MMA. 
To find out who your advisory committee members are, click here, and talk to them about the market issues that affect you.

Office space available 

Prime office space is available to lease in the main administration building at the Melbourne Market.
The space is close to the Gate 1 main entrance and has glass frontage.
This unique location gives exposure to both the internal market community as well as having public access. 
Do you know a business whose offering would appeal to market users? With access to the market community and public access, the space offers a unique opportunity for the right tenant.
The space available is 76 square metres in size with shared kitchen and amenities, secure access pass entry and visitor car parking. 
Call us to discuss the possibilities on 9258 6100 or email 

United Melbourne Market Celebrating 2 years of fuelling the community

Did you know that our very own United Petroleum service station has just celebrated 2 years of operation! Located right here in the market by Gate 2, this purpose-built large transport site features both Hi-Flo Diesel and Ad-Blue, is open 24 hours and accepts EFT-POS, all major Credit Cards and United Fuel Cards.

United Petroleum prides itself on quality fuels at super low pump prices and our market site is no different. A recent ACCC report found that United was the cheapest fuel retailer in three capital cities and well below the average in all others, the only fuel retailer to achieve this.

To celebrate this great milestone United is offering for the first time an ongoing 4 cent per litre discount off the already super low pump prices for any new business customer that opens a United Fuel Card account prior to the end of September. To find out more about this great offer scan the QR code below or call United Petroleum on 1300 383 587.

Children in the Market cancelled
The ‘Children in the Market’ program will not go ahead during the upcoming September school holidays due to current COVID restrictions in place. We look forward to welcoming children back into the market for our special school holiday events when we are able to. 

M80 upgrade road closures
Multiple closures will be occurring on the M80 Ring Road in the coming week.

M80 Ring Road closures, Greensborough-bound lanes
The M80 Ring Road Greensborough-bound lanes will be closed overnight from 9pm to 5am between Sydney Road and the Hume Freeway on the following days:

– Monday 13 September 
– Tuesday 14 September 
– Wednesday 15 September

M80 Ring Road closures, Altona-bound lanes
The M80 Ring Road Altona-bound lanes will be closed overnight from 9pm to 5am between the Hume Freeway and Sydney Road on the following days:

– Thursday 16 September 
– Sunday 19 September 
– Monday 20 September
– Tuesday 21 September 
– Wednesday 22 September

Text M80 to 0499 073 073 to sign up for SMS updates.

Industry News
Victoria signs off on worker deal, industry welcomes
The Victorian government has opened the door to another 1500 Pacific Islander seasonal workers to come to the state. Agriculture minister Mary-Anne Thomas said a new agreement had been signed, to continue the subsidised, demand-driven quarantine pathway.
It covers the Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme.
Read more on Good Fruits and Vegetables.

Good news for exporters: IFAM extended to June 2022

The Australian Government has announced an additional $260.9 million in funding to extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) to June 2022.
Government has now provided $1.04 billion to the IFAM program to support Australian exporters to continue to supply international markets.
The extension of IFAM and additional funding support will continue to provide support to maintain critical global air connections between Australian businesses and their international customers.
Click here to read 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.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job board

LaManna Premier Group – Employment opportunities
We are seeking a capable, motivated and skilled Store Person to join our team!
If you’re keen to explore fresh opportunities, send your resume to

Warehouse store person/ Forklift Driver (Night Shift) – Forevergreen Fresh Pty Ltd
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our busy team located at the Epping Market as Warehouse store person/ Forklift Driver.
Key responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:
– Forklift Driving
– Wrapping and strapping stock
– Picking and packing stock
– Receiving / returning stock
– Conducting quality checks
– Manual handling
– Stocktake and general housekeeping duties
– Utilisation of in-house computer system
– Loading and unloading of stock from trucks

Skills and Experience: 
– Forklift License
– Computer literate

Must have relevant work rights in Australia 
This opportunity is for ongoing work with an IMMEDIATE start
Full training will be provided.
Start Time – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 2 A.M and Thursday – 12 A.M
Please forward your resume to

Part time home delivery driver – LaManna Fresh
The applicant will need to fulfil the below criteria.  

– Available for work 4 days per week from 10am to 4pm Mondays, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday mandatory.
– Current, Full Victorian Drivers License.
– Neatly presented, reliable, honest and punctual.
– Be able to lift fruit & veg boxes up to 15kg – 20kg.
– Start immediately.

If you are interested, please contact Anthony Patti 0416 024 614 or Joe Patti 0419 362 521

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