This Week in the Market – 24 November 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Face masks at the market
– Full site emergency evacuation drill
– A better choice! Christmas giveaway

Market News

You should continue to wear a face mask at all times while at the market

The Melbourne Market is a unique and busy environment where people regularly move back and forth between indoor and outdoor spaces. Due to the nature of operations at the market, people often come into close proximity with one another in both indoor and outdoor spaces that are densely populated, and it is not always possible to practice social distancing.  

For these reasons, market users should continue to wear a face mask at all times while on-site at the Melbourne Market. 

Victoria Police has once again indicated to the MMA that they will be visiting the market in the coming days to observe market users and ensure that COVID rules, including the wearing of face masks, are being adhered to. 

Detailed information regarding current COVID restrictions at the Market can be found at

Thanks for doing the right thing!

Market relations officers are continuing to reward market users with cafe vouchers for positive behaviour. Those who are regularly found in the market doing the right thing, helping others or consistently and correctly wear their face mask have received the vouchers. 

Check out some of our free coffee recipients below, thanks for doing the right thing!

Truck and carwash on market site

The MMA is seeking some preliminary feedback from market users and tenants as to whether they would utilise a truck and car washing service on-site at the Melbourne Market. 
We have created a short 3-minute survey for market users and tenants to complete. The survey is anonymous, and any results may be shared with businesses expressing interest in leasing a potential vehicle cleaning facility at the market. 
If you haven’t already, click here to access the survey and let us know your thoughts. 

Full site emergency evacuation drill

For those in the Market on Wednesday 25 November, we will be conducting one of our twice-yearly full site emergency evacuation drills at approximately 9:00 am. 

The drill will evacuate all tenants on Market land, including all administration building tenants, Buyers’ walk tenants, all warehouse tenants, visitors, and subcontractors on site.
Upon hearing the site evacuation tones, everyone will need to follow site evacuation procedures and follow the directions of Market Relations Officers. 

The evacuation will incorporate ‘social distancing control measures’ to reduce any potential COVID risks. Face masks should be worn as people will be gathering together in groups at evacuation assembly points. 
The drill should take approximately 15-20 minutes. 
For those that will be on-site at the time, we look forward to your participation.
 Huge Christmas giveaway now on!
This Christmas A better choice! is giving customers a chance to win! 
Our competition is now live and runs until the 17th of December. We have thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes to be won, with winners drawn daily, so make sure your customers are in the draw.

How can customers win? 
Customers can enter the competition in A better choice! stores by scanning the QR code on point-of-sale material that was sent to retailers. Dee from A better choice! explains how to get involved in the Christmas giveaway promotion.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

Under development

You may have noticed some construction and renovation works happening in two separate tenancies in the market. 

Art and Style is expanding its footprint, which will see the wall knocked out that previously divided Art and Style from the convenience store, to create a larger premise. 

Barkers Fresh Produce will be moving from their current location on the Buyers’ Walk to a new store just a stone throw’s away in tenancy 51. The location was the previous site of Food Fella’s cafe, which is being converted into a produce store.  

There is lots of activity going on at the two sites at the moment and we are looking forward to sharing the results with you when they are completed. 

Financial incentives announced for greengrocers to train staff 

The first student intake for the Certificate III in Greengrocery is about to commence, and it’s not too late to join.
Many greengrocers have seen the value in registering their staff for the training program, as the Government are providing up to 50% wage subsidy up to the value of $7,000 per quarter for eligible staff.  

For more details or to find out if your staff are eligible for the generous wage subsidies, contact Theresa Hunt on 0438 830 052 or by email at
Christmas trading

The Market will be closed on the public holidays during the Christmas/New Year period and remain open, with regular trading hours, on all other days. 

If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on a public holiday, and you would like to come to the market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the market. However, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.
Thursday 24th Dec – OPEN
Friday 25th Dec (Christmas Day) – MARKET CLOSED
Monday 28th Dec (Boxing Day observed) – MARKET CLOSED
Tuesday 29th Dec – OPEN
Wednesday 30th Dec – OPEN
Thursday 31st Dec – OPEN
Friday 1st Jan (New Year’s Day) – MARKET CLOSED
Monday 4th Jan – OPEN
Focus on Men’s Health during November

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia. Globally, more than 1.3 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. The difference between early detection and late detection can be life and death.

Not everyone experiences symptoms of prostate cancer. Many times, signs of prostate cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.
Here’s what you need to do, and when:When you’re 50 – have a conversation with your doctor about PSA testing.If you’re of African or Caribbean descent, do it at 45.If you have a family history, do it at 45.Watch the video below from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to learn about PSA testing and the risks and symptoms of prostate cancer, or click here to learn more

Industry News

Small business wellbeing

For many small business owners and sole traders, running your business in these very challenging times and having the sole responsibility for everything can take its toll on your mental health and wellbeing. 
Partners in Wellbeing is an organisation that provides free, confidential one-on-one support to help you improve your wellbeing, develop strategies to cope and provide emotional support when and as you need it.
Click here to download a flyer and learn more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?

Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.

 Tailored Freight has a position open as a forklift operator for an immediate start, the hours are 9 pm start Sunday to Friday with a rotating roster allowing a Friday night off.

The duties include loading/unloading trucks, liaising with customers and drivers, consolidating stock in a timely manner to ensure time slots are met, checking off consignments using relevant paperwork, communicating to distribution centres when required.

The basis of employment would be starting as a casual role with career opportunities and a permanent full-time position for the right candidate.
Valued contributes are:Experience in cross-dock / despatchExperience in transportProblem solving / foresight of potential issuesPunctual and reliableExperience in a fast-paced working environmentHC or MC licenceHaving a can-do attitude and willingness to grow your own knowledge and skill set.If you are interested, please email you CV to

View full online job board

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