This Week In The Market – 26 October 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Access Card Audit
– Victoria’s Roadmap and Market Restrictions Update
– Free Vaccination Webinar for Authorised Workers 

Market News
Access Card Audit
As communicated over the last couple of weeks, the MMA will commence an access card audit on Wednesday, 27 October. 

Market users will not be audited every time they enter the site, with checks taking place at different times throughout the day and night. 

When audited, market users will have their access card checked to confirm the following:

Each market user has their own valid access card
The access card is linked to the correct business type 

Also from Wednesday, the MMA will be asking markets users to check in to the site via the Service Victoria app to show vaccination status. Those entering the site who are unvaccinated will be reported to their business principal and/or authorised officers (e.g. Police, WorkSafe, DHS) who can enforce CHO (Chief Health Officer) directions and issue fines.

An email was sent to market users last week detailing the mechanics and reasons for the audit, please click here to read.

In anticipation of this process coming into effect, you should ensure you have the following in place by Wednesday 27 October:

You have your own access card that you carry with you, correctly linked to your business type
Your evidence of vaccination (if double dosed) is linked to the Services Victoria app
You have documented evidence of vaccination if single dosed (such as a copy of your immunisation history statement) 

Victoria’s Roadmap and Market Restrictions Update
The Victorian government yesterday outlined details of the next phase of Victoria’s roadmap, to commence at 6pm Friday. 

Summary of changes for Phase C of the roadmap, from 6pm, Friday 29 October
Victorians are free to move between Melbourne and regional Victoria and the state aligns under one set of rules;

All retail can reopen subject to relevant density quotients, and caps increase for pubs, clubs, and entertainment venues;
Masks are only required to be worn inside;
Up to 30 people including dependants can gather outside;
People can return to work if fully vaccinated, although advice in summary roadmap remains to “work from home if you can”;
School returns to a regular schedule and on-site adult education returns for fully vaccinated students.

The updated roadmaps can be found here:

Summary of Total Roadmap
Metro Roadmap
Regional Roadmap

So what does this mean for the Melbourne Market? 
From 6pm Friday, the following rules will come into effect: 

Masks will only be required to be worn indoors
Visitors will once again be allowed into the market, however, all visitors must be fully vaccinated
Multiple people can ride in electric vehicles and buggies together; however, when travelling with passengers, masks must be worn in buggies at all times, indoors and outdoors, because of the inability to social distance
There will be no limits in cafes and seated service can return
Gate 2 & 3 will remain closed to facilitate the access card audit 

Free Vaccination Webinar for Authorised Workers
The Victorian Department of Health has been hosting webinars for authorised workers around the topic of vaccinations. 

If you or any of your employees would like to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination we would highly recommend watching the below recording of a live stream with Acting Chief Health Officer, Professor Ben Cowie.

He discusses: 

– The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination
– Update on the Victorian COVID-19 immunisation program
– The difference between COVID-19 vaccines
– Safety and possible side effects
– Common concerns or misconceptions

Vegetable Industry Webinar hosted by AUSVEG
Join AUSVEG for a vegetable industry webinar exploring priority pest and disease issues being faced across Werribee, as well as how consumer habits have changed over the past two years.

Hear from Llew Stevens (NielsenIQ), Cliff Kinoti (Agriculture Victoria), Ramez Aldaoud (Agriculture Victoria), Lavinia Zirnsak (Agriculture Victoria) and Maddy Quirk (AUSVEG) on topics listed here.

Date: Thursday 28 October 2021 | 1pm-2.15pm (AEDT).
Click here to download the flyer.

Click here to register.

A better choice! Youth Sports Initiative 
There has been a fantastic response to the Youth Sports Initiative from both greengrocers and customers! Now it’s your turn to nominate! 

We know how good you are at helping things grow, so why not start with tomorrows champions?

Your local Fruit & Veg shop are giving away a whopping $25,000 AUD to Local Youth Sporting Clubs! Nominating your local sports team or athlete couldn’t be easier, and with a chance to help out our smallest community members, there’s no reason not to!

Let’s support the next generation of Fruit lovers. Want to win a scholarship?  It’s easy, simply enter online!  Click here to Nominate

Last chance to get an extra 4c off at United! 

Customers with an ABN can save even more off fuel at Melbourne Market! For the first time, United is offering an ongoing 4 cent per litre discount off the already super low pump prices for any new business customer that opens a United Fuel Card account prior to the end of October.

To find out more about this great offer scan the QR code to the left or call United Petroleum on 1300 383 587. The United Petroleum service station is located right here in the market by Gate 2, this purpose-built large transport site features both Hi-Flo Diesel and Ad-Blue, is open 24 hours and accepts EFT-POS, all major Credit Cards and United Fuel Cards.

Industry News
Vic House opens local agriculture sector to China

A three-storey pavilion in Shanghai, China, will showcase the best of Victoria’s agriculture producers’ and exporters’ offerings to expand the state’s food and fibre export businesses.The state-of-the-art facility was launched by the Victorian government on Tuesday, funded by state money from Victoria’s $15 million ‘food to market’ program, and $5 million ‘pathways to export’ program.

Read more on The Mandarin

Yarra Valley funding for fruit fly management

Agriculture minister Mary-Anne Thomas announced on Tuesday 19 October, $2.9 million in Fruit Fly Strategy grants for the Greater Sunraysia, Goulburn Murray Valley and Yarra Valley regions. This funding will support fruit fly management programs, explore new ways to manage the pest and employ full-time regional coordinators.
Read more on Star Mail

Bayer insecticide Vayego makes impact for Victorian apples

Trials have delivered pleasing results for a new pest control chemistry for apple growers. The Bayer insecticide Vayego was used last season by apple growers in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley to tackle a range of pests including codling mothRead more on Good Fruit & Vegetables

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.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. 

– General warehouse duties whilst waiting to load orders.
– Loading orders into truck 
– Delivering/unloading orders as directed and in a timely manner to specified locations as directed by the warehouse manager.
– Maintain general cleanliness of your truck inside and out
– Between Mondays and Saturdays
– 6-8 Hour shifts
– Hour approximately 5:30am – 11:30am or 5:30am – 1:30pm

For further information, click here.
To apply, please contact Michael Piccolo 0414 532 223

General Hand/ Store person – Full time or Casual Positions Available
Mildura Fresh Marketing is a reputable vegetable wholesaler located at the Melbourne Markets in Epping. We are looking for reliable & motivated people to join our team to support our sales staff.

Your responsibilities will include:

Making up & preparing orders for delivery
Setting up our produce display and maintaining store appearance
Assisting delivery drivers where required

For further information, click here.

To apply please email your resume to Carol Williams
If you have any queries regarding the role, please ring 0432 583 045.

Are you or someone you know looking for a change? 
Scicluna’s is hiring!     
We are seeking enthusiastic full-time Drivers and nightshift Pickers to join our lively team in Dandenong South. You will either pick and pack customer orders with great care and precision or deliver fresh produce to our customers in the hospitality industry whilst providing exceptional customer care.

We are also seeking experienced Retail Assistants in Sorrento and an Assistant Store Manager and a Storeperson in Mentone.
For more information on any of these roles or to apply, please visit full online job board

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