This Week In The Market – 2 November 2021

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In this week’s Market News:
– COVID Safety Update
– Access Card Audit and Mandatory Vaccination 
– Men’s Health Awareness Month 

Market News
COVID Safety Update

Victoria has officially reached the 80% double vaccination mark which has seen the relaxing of further restrictions including travel to regional Victoria and NSW.

As we transition to living with COVID, the below outlines how these changes affect our work at the Melbourne Market. 

Up until now, the MMA has communicated each positive case we are made aware of via email and SMS to the entire market community. As vaccination becomes our primary method of risk mitigation, we will begin to transition to a model where we list exposure locations on a webpage. The market community will be able to monitor this list of exposure sites and get tested and isolate based on known exposures. While market COVID cases remain relatively low, the MMA will continue to do in-depth contact tracing via CCTV. This new approach will allow us to update the market community with recent exposure locations faster than we could through a comprehensive CCTV review, particularly if case numbers increase. Click here to view to Melbourne Market COVID exposure list.

With the change of restrictions considered, Market rules will be as follows:
Face masks
Face masks are compulsory at all times while indoors at the Melbourne Market and recommended when outdoors. As well as reducing your risk of getting COVID, wearing your face mask at all times will also reduce the risk of isolation requirements if you are exposed to a positive COVID case as per the newly released Contact Assessment and Management Matrix from the DHHS. 

 

Visitors
Visitors are allowed back into the market; however, they must wear a face mask at all times and be double vaccinated to gain entry. Sign in at Gate 1 is required for all visitors. 

Electric vehicles and buggies
Passengers will be able to ride in electric buggies; however, regardless if you are inside or outside, if multiple people are travelling in buggies together, they must all be wearing face masks. 

Questions
A summary of previous COVID-19 updates are kept on our website; click here to access.
If you have any further questions, you can call the 24-hour security number, 0408 334 555. 

Access Card Audit and Mandatory Vaccination
The first week of the access card audit has already uncovered several instances of access card misuse and those without evidence of vaccination. In the interest of streamlining the entry process, which will continue throughout November, we ask market users to visit a pop-up stand outside customer service between 4 am-8 am for the remainder of this week. Upon sighting your vaccination evidence, your access card will be re-printed with a symbol identifying your vaccination evidence has been previously sighted.  

COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate 
The Victorian Government has introduced a deep cleaning rebate to assist businesses to cover the cost of deep cleaning due to a confirmed coronavirus case. 

Available to eligible small and medium-sized businesses, the rebate will cover the cost of hiring a professional cleaning service to conduct a ‘deep clean or ‘decontamination clean’ of their premises or worksite where anyone suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been on the premises or worksite when they may have been infectious. The rebate will cover up to 80 per cent of the cleaning costs at each worksite, capped at a grant of $10,000 (for a total cleaning cost of $12,500).

Businesses can apply for deep cleanings that have occurred prior to this program opening as long as the business meets all the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria and further information on the rebate can be found here



A better choice! Youth Sports Initiative 


After a very successful month, the Youth Sports Initiative has come to an end. Many great nominations were received, all of which are currently being reviewed, with winners to be announced later this week. 

Studio 10 will announce one of the winners live later this morning on Channel 10, so make sure to tune in if you can. 

Thank you to everyone who got behind the campaign and made it such a success. 

Men’s Health Awareness Month 
November is a time of year to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and men’s suicide; made more prevalent in the last decade with the Movember movement. 

Did you know, across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for largely preventable reasons? Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

During November, we will be sharing videos focussing on men’s health, from personal stories, through to advice on how to improve your own physical and mental health. 

Below is a video of Roshan Karu, who reflects on the loss of his brother to testicular cancer.

Industry News
Peak body welcomes tunnel extension to North East Link in Melbourne



The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has endorsed revisions to the North East Link in Melbourne that will see tunnels lengthened a further 1.9 kilometres. The association says the long overdue connection between the M80 and Eastern Freeways completes the missing link in Melbourne’s inner ring road. Read more on Big Rigs.

Victoria urges Victorians to take up fruit harvesting jobs for summer



Fruit Growers Victoria is pushing its PickGV campaign, with concerns growing over the significant lack of workers for the second year running. It’s also calling on the federal government to continue the AgMove incentive program past the end of 2021.Read more on Good Fruit & Vegetables

Organics Recycling Boost For Victoria’s Farming Sector
The Victorian Government is helping to turn food and garden organic waste collected through kerbside recycling into high quality organic material that will help secure the future of Victorian agriculture and create a more sustainable economy. Read more on Victorian Farmer

Melbourne Market Job Board



Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email submissions@melbournemarket.com.au 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. 

Scicluna’s is hiring! Come and join one of Melbourne’s most respected and growing food merchants and work for a company that cares about its people!

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Night Manager based in Dandenong South to oversee our order preparation and deliveries and focus on improving processes.

We are also seeking customer focussed full-time Delivery Drivers to deliver fresh produce to the hospitality industry.
 
Other vacancies include an Assistant Retail Store Manager and a Storeperson in Mentone.
 
For more information on these or other roles or to apply, please visit www.sciclunas.com.au/careersView full online job board

Ask the MMA
If you’ve got a question for the MMA email it to: submissions@melbournemarket.com.au.

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