This Week in the Market – 22 August 2023

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In this week’s Market News:

– Code of Conduct – Acceptable Market Behaviour
– Emergency Alarm Testing Next Week
– Upcoming Photography in the Market

Market News

Code of Conduct – Acceptable Market Behaviour

The Melbourne Market must be an inclusive, respectful and welcoming environment where everyone feels safe and is treated with respect. We are a diverse community of people from many backgrounds, and forms of anti-social behaviour in the market, such as racism, sexism, discrimination, harassment, violence or bullying are unacceptable.

The Melbourne Market’s ‘Stronger Together’ initiative supports the market community and helps ensure we have a Melbourne Market culture we can all be proud of through awareness, education, and policies focusing on diversity, inclusivity and respect.

As part of Stronger Together, the Melbourne Market’s Code of Conduct and Reporting Procedure is designed to outline the expected standards of behaviour in the market, the roles and responsibilities we all have and how those who experience offensive, harmful or anti-social behaviours can report the conduct and seek support.

Through Stronger Together, we aim to empower market users to speak up and feel supported when experiencing or witnessing anti-social and unsafe behaviours.

If you or someone you know has experienced unacceptable behaviour such as racism, sexism, discrimination, harassment, violence or bullying, you can seek support and make a report via email to or by telephone 0448 413 098.

MMA staff, including but not limited to Market Relations Officers, are available on the market floor to assist individuals needing initial support in managing unacceptable or reportable behaviour. Additional support and resources can be accessed on MMA’s website.

Emergency Alarm Testing Next Week

National safety regulations require the Market’s Emergency Warning System (EWIS) to be tested every five years, and the time has come for us to comply. Testing throughout the Buyers’ Walk (stores and level 1 offices) will be conducted next week on August 28, 29, and 30 from 7am – 10am. Given the nature of fire alarms, testing may be disruptive over the three days.

It is crucial that access to all tenancies is granted for testing to be completed. If access is denied, testing must be completed on another date which will cause further disruption to surrounding businesses and may incur a cost to the tenant.

Business Principals of affected tenancies have been contacted directly with further information and to arrange access.

If you have any questions about this testing, please contact the Help Desk on (03) 9258 6149 or

Upcoming Photography in the Market

On Thursday, 24, Tuesday, 29 and Wednesday, 30 August, a photographer will be visiting the market from 4:30am to capture a behind-the-scenes look at what life at the Melbourne Market is like. We aim to capture the faces of the market, showcasing the diversity of the market and the fantastic array of fresh produce.

We aim to cause minimal disruption to your business operations. Please let us know if you see the MMA marketing team and photographer around the market and do not wish for your image to be captured.

Joint Market Advisory Committee Meeting

The Market Advisory Committees will be coming together for a joint meeting on Thursday, 7 September. You can ask your advisory committee members to raise questions or ideas with the MMA.

Advisory committees work with the Melbourne Market Authority to advise on Market operations and the fresh produce industry matters. Committee members are a great source of information and advice for Market users. To find out who the members of the advisory committees are, please visit the MMA website.

Road and Trading Stands Line Marking Upgrades

Over the next few weeks, the MMA will be trialling surface coating for line marking on roads and trading stands. Some stands will be barricaded off during these trials, and we ask market users not to move the barricades or attempt to utilise the stands as this will compromise the trials.

Grab the A better choice! magazine

Retailers, be sure to pick up a box of the latest edition of the widely popular A better choice! magazine to take back to your stores. Currently available for collection from Customer Service, each magazine is full of delicious recipes using in-season produce that will inspire your customers in the kitchen.

These won’t last long, so get in quick! Your customers are sure to enjoy receiving a free copy of the A better choice! magazine with their next fruit and veg shop!

You can also view the latest edition of the A better choice! magazine here.

Help Raise Funds for DEBRA Australia this Melbourne Market Golf Day

Funds raised from the Melbourne Market Charity Golf Day go toward supporting DEBRA Australia, a charity that supports individuals, families and carers affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa – the worst disease you’ve never heard of.

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare disease whereby the skin blisters and peels at the slightest touch. Living with EB has been likened to living with third-degree burns. It is very painful, and sufferers must be bandaged every day with dressings to protect and medicate their wounds.

Click here to read Eliza’s story of living with EB and watch the video below to learn more about this terrible disease.

Click here for further information and to register.

Industry News

A watermelon-sized avocado goes viral on social media

A giant avocado’s pictures have gone viral on Twitter. This avocado is as big as a watermelon and weighs at least 2 kilos.

Who knows, maybe we will be seeing watermelon-sized avocadoes in our local fruit and veg shops very soon.

Click here to read more.

Fresh and Secure Trade Alliance launched to boost biosecurity initiatives, lift Australia’s pest management reputation

Key Aussie export stakeholders and officials will join forces to help protect and grow Australia’s horticultural exports in the largest trade initiative in the sector’s history.

A total of $130 million will go into the eight-year Fresh and Secure Trade Alliance (FASTA), which aims to reduce the impact of endemic pests on sustainable horticulture crop production.

Click here to read more.

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices

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