This Week In The Market – 6 April 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Additional undercover parking – construction to begin this month
– Minister for Agriculture visits the Melbourne Market
– Drug and alcohol testing

Market News
Additional undercover parking – construction to begin this month
The MMA was pleased to officially announce to the market community last week, that construction will begin on new undercover parking canopies this month. 

Once completed, the six canopies that will sit between the trading floor, Buyers’ Walk and cross-over forklift highways, on both the northern and southern sides of the market, will provide an additional 2.2 hectares of undercover parking. 

The canopies have been designed to satisfy the logistical needs of the market community but also to maximise environmental benefits, and we look forward to bringing you more information on how the canopies meet our sustainability goals in the weeks ahead.

View the video below for more details on the market’s biggest construction project since our move to Epping. Learn more about our solar undercover parking canopies, including a virtual fly-through of the completed structure. 

Minister for Agriculture visits the Melbourne Market
Last Tuesday, The Honourable Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Minister for Agriculture, visited the Melbourne Market to view the site of the planned solar undercover parking canopies and to hear from the MMA board and management about other key market projects.

The Minister was particularly pleased to learn about the key environmental benefits of the solar undercover parking canopies, which includes a 1.95 megawatt roof-top Solar PV System to support on-site energy demands, and the capacity to harvest 8.2 million litres of rainwater annually.” The Melbourne Market is a world-class facility with a crucial role in the marketing and distribution of Victoria’s fresh produce across the state. Our Agriculture Strategy envisions a sustainable, low-emissions industry and initiatives like the Melbourne Market’s solar canopy project are a great example of this,” said Minister Thomas. 

Drug and Alcohol Testing
The Melbourne Market continues to conduct random drug and alcohol testing on-site to ensure the safety of the entire market community. Everyone who works at or visits the Melbourne Market, from forklift drivers to admin workers through to business principals, is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

Any individual who produces a confirmed positive drug or alcohol test faces lengthy suspensions or a possible ban from the market. 

For more information on the Melbourne Markets drug and alcohol policy, please visit

Shop & Win campaign March highlights!
March saw the launch of Shop & Win, the first national competition rewarding your customers for shopping at your local fruit and veg shop. There was a range of incredible prizes… and they only get more exciting. March might be over, but the competition doesn’t stop here! As April rolls in, we welcome a brand new array of prizes and a fresh entry pool. To find out more, visit

A Better Choice feedback
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Zero tolerance on Aggressive Behaviour
Safety for the entire Melbourne Market community is paramount, and that is why we have a zero-tolerance approach towards aggressive or violent behaviour.

Anyone who is found to be exhibiting such behaviours risks severe penalties, including lengthy suspensions or possible ban from the market. 

If you witness any violent or aggressive behaviour, please contact security on the emergency 24-hour line 9258 6120.

Industry News
Hort Connections back on for 2021 After a year’s hiatus due to COVID, Australia’s largest horticulture event is locked in for June this year. Hort Connections will take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 7 to 9, bringing together a broad array of those involved in the horticulture industry. The event will be run under the theme of “sustaining the future of fresh”, bringing together thousands of attendees from the local and international horticulture supply chain to discuss on-farm and supply chain practices, review consumer behaviour and consumption trends, and focus on the future of sustainable fresh food production.
Read more on the Good Fruit and Vegetables website

Melbourne Market Job Board

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