This Week In The Market – 23 August 2022

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In this week’s Market News:

– Updated Melbourne Market Operating Rules
– Light Replacement Works
– Foodbank Donations

Market News
Updated Melbourne Market Operating Rules

The MMA recently undertook a review of the site Operating Rules and has made changes to improve the health, safety and overall operation of the Melbourne Market.

Businesses and Market users must familiarise themselves with the changes. The complete updated Operating Rules can be found online.

The changes include increased ‘demerit points’ to the following rules:

– Operating Rule 4 – Conduct on Market Land
– Operating Rule 9 – Vehicle, Road & Traffic Management
– Operating Rule 10 – Specific Vehicle Restrictions
– Operating Rule 12 – Workplace Health & Safety

In addition, there is a new operating rule relating to forklifts and other ‘Approved Vehicles’:

Operating Rule 10.1 Forklift and Market Approved Vehicles
A Person on Market Land must not:
(c) operate or drive a forklift or Market Approved Vehicle:
       vi) carrying a load that exceeds the height or capacity of forklifts data plate;

(f) Operate use a Forklift to tow without prior written approval of the manufacturer and the MMA.

All operating rule changes come into effect as of 1 September 2022.
Should you have any questions, please contact Rob Rotondi, Operations Manager on 03 9258 6169 or Amy Dyer, Assistant Operations Manager on 03 9258 6128. 

Light Replacement Works
Commencing Monday, 22 August until Friday, 26 August between the hours of 10am – 4pm lighting replacement within car parks will begin. Traffic along Badalya Road will have one lane blocked off and traffic redirected to the left-hand side lane allowing enough time to move over.

Please advise any staff that may be affected and observe all road safety signage during these times.

Foodbank Donations
This is Dec, he is really passionate about reducing waste and feeding people.


As the Food Sourcing co-ordinator for Foodbank Victoria, Dec is seeing the pressures of cost of living hikes impacting vulnerable families. Foodbank is now feeding the equivalent of a crowded MCG every two days and finding it tougher and tougher to source enough food for the growing number of Victorians who can’t feed their families.
How can you help Victorians doing it tough? By reaching out to Dec and donating fresh produce.
If you have food that will last and is safe to eat, drop it off at the Foodbank stand next to Store 148. Alternatively, if you know anyone that Dec should be talking to, just give him a call – he’s at the market every Tuesday and Thursday. If you donate food today, Dec can have it on the table of a struggling family tomorrow!
Contact details:
Declan Foott
0468 607 070

Tune in for the next episode of Everyday Gourmet
Last weeks episode of Everyday Gourmet saw Justine in awe of the hive of activity in the market, with over 3,000 people helping every day to keep the fresh produce industry operating!

Tune in next Monday at 4pm on Channel 10 to see the variety of high-quality apples available at the Market with some handy tips from Thanh the Fruit Nerd.

Be sure to watch our social media channels to find out when future episodes will air.

Temporary Power Shutdown
On Sunday, 28 August, various areas of the Melbourne Market will undergo a temporary power shutdown that will affect some premises. The shutdown allows crucial maintenance works to be carried out on the inner ring power supply system.

The power supply will be cut for approximately eight and a half hours, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

The following Market areas will be affected:

– Buyer’s Walk
– Trading Floor
– National Flower Centre
– Admin Building
– Diesel Station 
– LPG Station – North & South
– Waste Transfer Station
– Loading West/ North/ South
– General House Services – Lighting and Power

During the shutdown, premises will be without power supply, including cooling/refrigeration.
Warehouses on the outer ring will not be affected by this shutdown. 

Win a $500 Gold Class Voucher for your store!
The A better choice! team need your feedback to ensure we can improve future campaigns.

By answering this short survey, you will go into the draw to win a $500 Gold Class cinema voucher for you and your store!

Retail Store Profile
The A better choice! team ventured to Alexandra, Victoria, to award Chris and his team at Alexandra Fruit and Veg with their 2021 Retailer of the Year, Peoples Choice Award.

Watch Chris’ amazing story and learn a bit more about what makes his store so great!

Zespri Sungold Competition Winner
Congratulations to Elliot, Mark and the team at Pompello in Seddon who recently had a customer winner in the Zespri Sungold colouring competition. The colouring competition was a great initiative to drive excitement around the Zespri Sungold kiwi fruits and win over a happy young customer!

Industry News
Hort Innovation supply chain project combines expertise

New efforts to safeguard produce quality amid supply-chain challenges will bring together a number of fresh produce industries and state governments.Australian horticulture growers have joined forces with state agencies in a A$15m (US$10m) bid to drive supply-chain efficiencies and strengthen their domestic and international trade offerings.Click here to find out more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices

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

Fresh X Produce
We are currently looking for people to join our team as Pickers/Packers/warehouse assistant between 1AM – 09:00AM shifts – Immediate start.

Experience in a warehouse environment is highly regarded however not essential as training will be provided.

We need energetic, motivated, and enthusiastic people who can meet set targets.

If you are interested in the opportunity, please send your resume to or call Jeff on 0424 – 382 – 872.

Great Australian Mushroom Co
Great Australian Mushroom Co is seeking a Forklift Driver & Order Picker.

Immediate start, preferably for 5 days Monday – Friday, hours vary depending on demand but normally 12am – 7am.

If you are interested, please ring Wes Arnott on 0433 889 929 or visit Store 90.

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