This Week In The Market – 16 July 2019

Edition 235: Power Shutdown
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In this week’s Market News:- High voltage power shutdown
– Yellow line marking trial underway
– Emergency response training

Market News

High Voltage Power Shutdown

On Sunday 28 July and Sunday 4 August, the Melbourne Market will undergo a shutdown of power to various areas of the Market.
The reason for the shutdown is twofold;

  1. The local electricity infrastructure provider, AUSNET are shutting off power to not only the Melbourne Market but the entire local area to upgrade power lines to the Northern Hospital.
  2. The MMA is using the imposed shutdown as an opportunity to complete annual mandatory high voltage safety testing.

Power supply into the Market runs on two separate electrical feeder lines, so different areas of the Market will be affected on each weekend.
Click here to view a fact sheet which provides details on the areas affected, and what you need to know.

Meet your advisory committee members

Over the coming weeks, we will be profiling each of our advisory committee members for you to get to know a little more about them.
This week we spoke to Nicholas Patsuris, from the Growers Advisory Committee.
Your role at the Market:
Along with my dad Paul, together we run Patsuris Premium Produce. It’s a family-owned and operated market garden based in Werribee South and has been farming on the same site since the late 1930s. I’m the fourth generation to join the business. Day-to-day, I take care of all facets of the business from harvesting, planting, ground preparation and other areas relating to the farm. I also look after everything involved with the marketing side of things, sales, order packing, and forklift operating.
What are you most passionate about regarding the fresh produce industry?
Growing up living on the family farm, it gets in your blood, it’s hard work with long hours, but I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I love the fact I’m part of a business that prides itself on quality and service and striving to maintain that reputation keeps me motivated. Also knowing that Melbourne and Victoria’s best fruiterers and restaurants stock/serve produce from our farm is something I’m very proud of.
What do you think are the most important issues for the Market and Industry? 
Keeping the Market relevant, viable and attractive to all sectors of the industry is the most important issue we face as stakeholders. Each sector of the market relies on one another day-to-day, and keeping a healthy balance between this is key. Also attracting new people and businesses is something that needs looking at, whether this requires an operational hours change or something else, but it is definitely an issue.
Why did you want to become a member of the advisory committee? 
I became a committee member because I wanted to have more of a say in things concerning us. Being in my early 30’s my future is here, and I hope to make that as bright and promising as possible for ourselves and our families. I was also encouraged to apply by previous committee members and other Market users that I respect, and so I applied.
What’s something people wouldn’t know about you?
Something people may not know about me is my love of cars, more specifically Fords. I was lucky enough to snap up one of the last GT Falcons produced by Ford, the GT-F. My two girls love going for drives on weekends in “daddy’s wace-car”, which I love too!

Weekly words of wisdom

John Kapiris from Kapiris Bros demonstrates the correct way to lift a box off the ground.
Remember, bend your knees!

Yellow line marking

The MMA is trialling a colour change to some carpark bays from white to yellow.
Feedback from forklift drivers indicated that in wet weather conditions white line marking and parking bay numbers are difficult to see and can make deliveries to bays more time-consuming.
The MMA has now completed the yellow line marking in carpark bays between streets 2 and 3, and between streets 8 and 9, located between the forklift highway and buyers walk. This should provide forklift drivers with better visibility in wet weather conditions.
How are you finding the yellow lines, has it made a difference? Let us know what you think, email

Melbourne Market is a drug and alcohol-free worksite

The MMA is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all Market users. When individuals are affected by drugs or alcohol, it impairs their judgement, and this is why, like many other industrial worksites around the country, the Melbourne Market is a drug and alcohol-free worksite.
This means, any person on Market Land must not have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over 0.00%, or be under the influence of prohibited drugs at any time.
Our drug and alcohol policy is in place to ensure the safety of all Market users.

What to do in the event of an emergency

Save the date, on Tuesday 30 July an emergency response training session will be held, focusing on what to do in the event of an emergency here at the Market. All Market users are welcome to attend the session; because safety is everyone’s responsibility, but ideally at least one representative from each tenancy should attend.
When: Tuesday 30 July
Time: 6.00am – 7.30am
Where: Conference Room, Ground Floor, Market Administration Building

In addition to this training session, the ‘Emergency Procedures Guidebook for Tenants‘ has been updated to now include the new diesel station facilities.
All Market businesses and users should have access to and understand the contents of this guidebook. The updated  ‘Emergency Procedures Guidebook for Tenants‘ can be downloaded from the MMA website.

Industry News

Bumper avocado season on its way

Get ready for plenty of ‘smashed avo’ with Australian avocado growers expected to produce a record harvest of the Hass variety this year.
Avocados Australia say that this year we should expect a bumper crop with volumes estimated to be up 9% on last year.
Based on the industry’s latest quarterly forecasting, the nation is set to produce 95,000 metric tons (MT) for the April 2019 – March 2020 period.
Read more on the Fresh Fruit Portal website.

Key Dates

Tuesday 30 July – Emergency Response Training

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