This Week in the Market – 5 November 2019

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In this week’s Market News:- Movember kicks off, it’s not too late to join
– Know what to expect if you are selected for random drug and alcohol testing
– Full site emergency evacuation drill

Market News

Support Men’s Health – Join our Melbourne Market Mo’s team

Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

1. Spend time with people who make you feel good.
Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check-in and make time.
2. Talk, more.
You don’t need to be an expert, and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.
3. Know the numbers.
At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.
4. Know thy nuts. Simple.
Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
5. Move, more.
Add more activity to your day. Do more of what makes you feel good.
Learn more about general men’s health on the Movember website.

Have you started growing your mo? Click here and email us a picture so we can see how your mo is beginning to sprout.

It’s not too late to join, start growing your mo today. You can click here to set up your profile and join the official Melbourne Market Mo’s team.

Drug and alcohol testing – know what to expect

As communicated in previous editions of the e-news, Market users will soon be subject to random drug and alcohol testing in the Market.

A short video has been created explaining what to expect if you are randomly selected for drug and alcohol testing, which you can view below. Drug and alcohol tests will be conducted inside a small mobile caravan, that will be brought to the Melbourne Market site. This is to respect the privacy and confidentiality of those being tested.
Tests with a negative result usually take about 8 minutes, allowing time for both administrative activities and the testing itself (which takes up to 5 minutes).

Watch this video to see what to expect if you are randomly selected for drug and alcohol testing

Full site emergency evacuation drill

On Monday 18 November at approximately 10:00 am, we will be conducting one of our twice-yearly full site emergency evacuation drills.
The drill will evacuate all tenants on Market land, including all administration building tenants, Buyers’ walk tenants, 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 drill should take approximately 15-20 minutes.
We look forward to your participation.

A Better Choice Victorian committee

The MMA and Fresh State are working together on the A Better Choice program, and we are now looking for two existing A Better Choice retailers to join a Victorian committee.

This committee will have input and make decisions concerning both directional and financial aspects of the A Better Choice campaign and will represent all Victorian retail members of the program.

The two retailers who join the committee will work closely with the Melbourne Market Authority and Fresh State and provide input from a retailer’s perspective to help ensure the overall success of A Better Choice.

It is a requirement that the retailers expressing an interest in joining the committee, are already members of the program, and have a good understanding of marketing with a particular focus on digital marketing.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please submit your expression of interest to including your name, business name, contact details and a brief outline of why you are interested in joining the committee.

A Better Choice Feedback

Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program and how it benefits the entire supply chain?
Feel free to send an email to

Robinson’s Fresh Solutions celebrating their 50th anniversary

Industry News

Horticulture calls to scrap backpacker tax after court ruling

This week the Federal Court ruled the so-called backpacker tax should not apply to workers on 417 or 462 visas if they have residency status.

Since 2016, working holiday makers earning less than $18,200 have been taxed at a rate of 15 per cent, while Australian tax residents who earned less than that were under the tax-free threshold and did not pay income tax.

The Federal Court ruled it was discriminatory to tax residents at different rates based on their nationality.

Peak horticulture representative Ausveg said the backpacker tax had made it more difficult to source labour for industries that already find it hard to fill jobs.

Read more on the Good Fruit and Vegetables website.

Key Dates

  • Emergency evacuation drill – Monday 18 November

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