This Week In The Market – 7 September 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Final week to get your first-dose Pfizer jab at the market
– R U Ok? Day – Start a conversation
– Deliveroo helping customers make ‘A better choice!’ 

Market News
Final week to get your first-dose Pfizer jab
This is the final week Austin Health will be onsite providing first-dose Pfizer vaccinations at the Melbourne Market.

We have seen a fantastic turnout from the market community, demonstrating your commitment to keeping your loved ones safe and protecting the fresh produce supply chain. 

If you haven’t had your jab onsite yet, don’t delay. The Vaccination Hub at the market is convenient, simple and one less thing you’ll have to worry about organising after work. 

Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub operating hours – final week
Tuesday and Thursday – 6 am to 12 pm
Wednesday and Friday – 3 am to 9 am

Keen to see how the process works when you come in for your COVID-19 vaccination?
Check out our behind the scenes video so you know what to expect. 

R U Ok? Day

Thursday 9 September is R U Ok? Day
Australia’s national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life’s ups and downs.

People can face many challenges and pressures that can bottle up over time, including financial pressures, intense physical demands, workplace injuries, relationship breakdowns and many others.
These can have a significant impact on mental and emotional wellbeing.
Men, in particular, are often faced with a ‘harden up’ attitude and fear of being judged as weak when it comes to opening up about mental health. 
It’s important to ask the question, “Are you OK?” if someone seems to be doing it tough.
A conversation could change a life, so start one today. ALEC talks us through how to ask R U OK? at Work.

Deliveroo is helping our customers to make ‘A better choice’!

At a time of lockdowns around the country and a move to more online purchasing, ‘A better choice!’ has worked hard and negotiated with delivery giant Deliveroo to provide a discounted delivery service to all members.

We know consumer shopping habits have changed a lot, especially since the start of the pandemic, so this partnership will allow ‘A better choice!’ members to deliver to their loyal customers, even when they can’t see them in person.

Some stores may already have delivery services or online platforms, but for those who don’t or those who want to offer their goods to an established platform with a large existing customer database, this partnership will enable you to do so quickly and at reduced fees.

With no onboarding costs, 0% commission for the first month and a low ongoing rate of 22% for ‘A better choice!’ members, this is a significant discount on their standard offering! ‘A better choice!’ members will have the opportunity to opt-in to start contactless selling right from their store!

Click here to learn more about Deliveroo

Raising funds to fight kids’ cancer

To raise funds to fight kids’ cancer, Adrian Gifford from Gazzola Farms is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge, pedalling for the entire month of October.

Adrian has been driven to raise money for the cause because, like so many of us, his family has been impacted by cancer. Cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia – 3 children die of cancer every week! “Kids should be living life, not fighting for it,” Adrian said. 

Adrian’s goal is to ride 800 km and raise $1000, but if he can raise $1500 in donations, he will increase his cycling goal to 1000km; that’s the equivalent of riding from the Melbourne Market to Newcastle, NSW!

Let’s keep Adrian peddling throughout October! 
Go to to support Adrian, donate, and join him in fighting kids’ cancer!

All funds raised will support the Children’s Medical Research Institute to continue their work in developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Market Barber Coming Soon… 

Hairstyles and beards will soon be looking sharper and more stylish around the market, with an onsite barber being the latest service about to be offered to market users. 

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for further information and details about the launch. 
If you have any questions speak to the team at Art & Style. 

Office space available 

Prime office space is available to lease in the main administration building at the Melbourne Market.
The space is close to the Gate 1 main entrance and has glass frontage.

This unique location gives exposure to both the internal market community as well as having public access. 
Do you know a business whose offering would appeal to market users? With access to the market community and public access, the space offers a unique opportunity for the right tenant.

The space available is 76 square metres in size with shared kitchen and amenities, secure access pass entry and visitor car parking. 

Call us to discuss the possibilities on 9258 6100 or email 

Upcoming advisory committee meetings

The next advisory meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and although the meetings will need to be conducted online during stage 4 restrictions, they will still go ahead. 
Speaking to your advisory committee members is an effective way you can raise key issues with the MMA. 
To find out who your advisory committee members are, click here, and talk to them about the Market issues that affect you before the meetings next week.

Whilst you won’t be able to see them from the ground, solar panels have now been installed on the first set of canopies in both the north and south courtyards. 

Construction of the final middle canopies continues and is set for completion by the end of September. 

M80 upgrade road closures

Multiple closures will be occurring on the M80 Ring Road in the coming week.

Hume Freeway ramp closure
The Hume Freeway to the M80 Ring Road Altona-bound ramp will be closed from 9pm, Monday 13 September to 5am, Tuesday 14 September

M80 Ring Road closures, Greensborough-bound lanes
The M80 Ring Road Greensborough-bound lanes will be closed overnight between Sydney Road and the Hume Freeway during the following times:
– 9pm, Wednesday 8 September to 5am, Thursday 9 September
– 9pm, Thursday 9 September to 5am, Friday 10 September 
– 9pm, Monday 13 September to 5am, Tuesday 14 September
– 9pm, Tuesday 14 September to 5am, Wednesday 15 September 
– 9pm, Wednesday 15 September to 5am, Thursday 16 September 

Text M80 to 0499 073 073 to sign up for SMS updates.

The Melbourne Market was proud to help our neighbours across the paddock from Northern Health as they raised a whopping $31,000 as part of their Dry July campaign. 

The top five fundraisers earned themselves a beautiful fruit hamper donated by the Melbourne Market that was beautifully put together by Henrys Mercato. 

Well done!

Industry News
Fair Work Ombudsman to examine horticulture employment practices in coming months

Horticulture will be in the crosshairs of the Fair Work Ombudsman over the next 12 months. The sector has been identified as a “strategic priority”, along with the cleaning industry, fast food, restaurants and cafes. Speaking at a Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) roundtable meeting in July, Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said the impacts of COVID-19 had raised concerns for workers.”The horticulture sector, which has a track record of significant non-compliance, also remains a priority with its reliance on visa holders who may be exploited and complex labour supply chains,” Ms Parker said.
Read more at Good Fruits and 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. 

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We are looking for an enthusiastic person to fill a temporary position for six months.
Monday – Friday 3 am – 9 am
For more details and how to apply click here

We are looking to have someone collect our produce from Organic Growers Group, Melba Fresh Organics and Biodynamic Marketing each Thursday and bring it back to our Melton warehouse by 6am.
For more details and how to apply click here

Dykes Bros Pty Limited is seeking to employ a part-time Accounts Payable/Receivable person to join our friendly team at the Melbourne Market in Epping.
For more details and how to apply click here.

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