This Week In The Market – 22 June 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Certificate III in Greengrocery – now accepting new enrolments
– Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
– Vale Alan Dykes

Market News

Certificate III in Greengrocery – Now accepting round 2 enrolments

The first round of students are over halfway through completing the Certificate III in Greengrocery, and by all accounts, the first intake of students are enjoying the course and learning a lot. The course has offered participants valuable insight and knowledge on topics like; produce knowledge; health and workplace safety; customer service; cash sales and advice; floristry skills; communications, and interpersonal skills.

Don’t miss out, make sure you or your staff are part of the next intakes. Generous funding opportunities are still available. Contact Theresa for more information on how to register.

To learn more about the course, click here to view the course guide.

It’s never too late to get qualified, so find out more at

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

The following COVIDSafe rules are currently in place at the Melbourne Market:

  • Fitted face masks must continue to be worn indoors, including on the trading floor, Buyers’ Walk, flower market, stores, warehouses, commercial tenancies, offices, and cafes (except when consuming food and drink). Face masks are no longer compulsory when outdoors; however, they should be worn outdoors in any situation where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Market cafes have returned to seated service; however, density limits apply.
  • Gates 2 and 3 and the P1 pedestrian turnstile remain closed, with all entering vehicle and foot traffic required to come through Gate 1.
  • Visitors can re-enter the market, including market tours; however, tours are limited to 5 people (excluding tour guide).
  • Only one person per electric vehicle or buggy.

We ask you to be vigilant and continue to follow COVIDSafe practices.

  • Social distancing must be strictly adhered to; you must keep 1.5 metres from others wherever possible.
  • Do not attend the Melbourne Market if you are feeling unwell.
  • If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

Vale Alan Dykes

The MMA and Melbourne Market Community were saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Dykes, a much-loved member of our market community. As communicated in a market circular sent on Sunday night, Alan passed away at the age of 74 after a short health battle, dying in hospital early Sunday morning.

Alan was an influential figure in the market and had been involved in many facets of market life. He was a member of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Market Trust (now the MMA) and served as both Vice President and President of Fresh State during his career. In addition, he was a key figure in establishing the market credit service and also contributed to a radio segment on 3LO, talking listeners through a fresh produce market update each week.

Funeral details
A funeral will be held for Alan on Tuesday 29 June, 11:00 am at St Peter’s Catholic Church, 285 Clayton Road, Clayton.

If you hadn’t already heard (and I’m sure you have because we’re so excited about it!) A better choice! won the 2021 PMA-Produce Plus Marketer of the Year Award (MOYA).

The award, known as Australasia’s premier marketing award for the fresh fruit, vegetable and floral industry, was won in recognition of the Shop&Win campaign and was presented at the Hort Connections Gala Dinner held in Brisbane.

As well as winning MOYA, our ‘Australia’s Fresh Produce Markets’ stand won best stand display at the Hort Connections trade show and judging by the pictures below featuring an abundance of fresh produce, it’s not hard to see why.

What’s next?
We’re in the final stages of getting our next A better choice! national campaign put together, and we can’t wait to share the details with you soon! Watch this space…

A Better Choice feedback
Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program?
We’d love to hear from you, send an email to

Go DRY in JULY to support Northern Health cancer patients 

The Northern Health team is jumping all in with Dry July this year in efforts to raise funds for their Chemo in the Home service. This service provides oncology patients with the opportunity to receive certain chemotherapy treatments in the comfort of their own homes.

The MMA are proud to support our neighbours across the paddock and will be donating fruit hampers to be awarded as prizes for the Northern Health Dry July team.

Are you looking for a team activity for your workplace that promotes health and wellness, team connection and supports people affected by cancer?

Why not sign up as a workplace team? Visit

Not keen on participating but still want to make a difference?
You can also donate directly to the team’s goals by clicking here.

Scheduled Power Outage 

On Wednesday, 30 June, approximately 48 tenancies on the Buyers’ Walk will experience a 1-hour power disruption due to a temporary power shutdown of substations 6 and 9. This temporary power shutdown is to perform crucial preparation work for the solar canopies. Please note that this shutdown will affect all power, including cool rooms, lights and services.

The shutdown will occur between 11am, and 1pm, so standard operation at the market will not be affected. Those directly affected by this power outage have been notified, via email; you can read more about the scheduled outage by clicking here. 

Zero Tolerance on Drugs and Alcohol

The health and safety of market users is our number one priority. That is why working under the influence of alcohol or prohibited drugs is not permitted at the Melbourne Market. Individuals or businesses who are found consuming or supplying alcohol on-site risk severe penalties, including having lease or licence terminated for businesses, or lengthy suspensions and possible bans for individuals.

To learn more about the MMA’s policy on drug and alcohol use, visit

Parking bay relocations 

Parking bays relocations remain in effect while the upright supporting beams for the first canopies are put into place. This first group of parking bays will be relocated until the 6th of July. We thank market users for their cooperation and patience during this time.

The MMA keeps up-to-date information on the market website regarding the construction project, including any parking relocations to minimise disruption to businesses ➡️

If you have any questions about the parking relocation or the undercover parking project, please contact customer service.

M80 Ring Road – Upcoming Changes

The Sydney Road Altona-bound exit ramp will be closed from 9pm, Friday 25 June to 5am, Monday 28 June. The ramp will be closed again in late July to complete these works.

Detours will be in place via Edgars Road, Mahoneys Road, Cooper Street and the Hume Highway. Please refer to the map for recommended detour routes. You can find out more about all upcoming road closures and subscribe to updates by clicking here.

Industry News

MMA supports industry-first qualification

A Chadstone greengrocer with over 30 years of on-the-job experience is one of the first recipients of the Melbourne Market Authority Greengrocery Scholarship completing the Certificate III in Greengrocery at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Anthony Natoli’s story has been featured on Produce Plus, which details his background in greengrocery and why he decided to gain a formal qualification after 30 years in the industry. Click here to read the full article.

Melbourne Market Job Board

To view and apply for all current job listings please click here 

NWA Mushroom – Store Person
Currently, have a Monday – Friday casual position available for a store and delivery person. The role will be predominantly delivery based in the Market, and other responsibilities involved are warehouse duties outside the Market; Assist a store manager with receiving, packing, palletising and moving mushrooms to and from the store in the market.
Freshmax Wholesale – Forklift Operator & Receivals Clerk
Exciting opportunities are available to join the busy team located at the Epping Market. The two positions available are a Receivals Clerk and Forklift Operator.
Scicluna’s – Assistant Manager, Deli Manager, Customer Delivery Drivers and Fruit & Veg Pickers 
Scicluna’s has some exciting opportunities for an Assistant Manager, Deli Manager, Delivery drivers and Fruit and Veg Pickers. Seeking enthusiastic full-time staff to fill these positions.
Rosengal Wholesale – Store Person
Rosengal Wholesale currently have a Monday – Friday position available.
The role will include making up of orders along with forklift delivery.
The Harvest Store Plenty Valley – Fruit & Veg Shop Floor Assistant 
The Harvest Store Plenty Valley seeks an enthusiastic Fruit & Veg Shop Floor Assistant who is passionate and will enjoy working part of a team-first company.
Gwynne’s Vegin Out – Pick packer/ Delivery driver
Gwynne’s Vegin Out currently have a Monday to Friday casual position available for a pick packer/delivery driver. Hours are 1.30 am to between 6am and 9am. The position consists of Packing fruit and vegetable orders from invoices at the Epping Market and delivering to Melbourne CBD and surrounding suburbs.
Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
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