This Week in the Market, Edition 110 – 29 November 2016

In today’s This Week in the Market, we introduce our new pallet drop off zones, tell you about free testing and tagging for Market users and Cherry point of sale is now available for green grocers. 


Market News

Free plain pallet drop off stations now available!

Did you know you can drop off plain pallets for free at the Recycling Transfer Centre? Plus – we’ve now introduced two new pallet drop off stations located at either end of the undercover area between the Flower Market and the Fruit and Vegetable Trading Stands.

These prototype drop off stations have been custom designed to make deposing of plain pallets quick, easy and free. They will be available for you to use from Wednesday morning. 

The drop off stations are for plain pallets only and pallets must be stacked neatly. Be sure to dispose of any rubbish or recycling prior to dropping off your pallet.  

If this trial is successful, additional pallet drop off stations will be added around the Market. 

Help us make this trial a success – send us your feedback on the drop off zones including the design, location or any other suggestions. Email us at

Any pallets left anywhere on Market Land other than the Recycling Transfer Centre or pallet drop off zones will be cleared and disposed of by the MMA at a cost of $50 (ex GST) to the responsible Market Business. If the pallet disposal includes other waste such as boxes of produce, the cost is an additional $200 (ex GST).

Free testing and tagging for Market users

The MMA requires all electrical equipment used within the common areas of the trading floor to be regularly inspected, tested and tagged by an authorised person in accordance with AS/NZS 3760:2010 In-service Safety Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. 

The MMA will be providing this service for FREE for all Market store and stand holders on Friday 9 December post trade. The authorised person will inspect all electrical items left in common areas of the trading floor building. This includes, any items left out the front of store tenancies or on trading stands. 

Alternatively if you don’t want to leave your item out, ElectroSafe will be available between 7:00am – 8:00am outside the rear of the Customer Service Centre to test electrical items free of charge(first in best dressed).

Examples of electrical equipment for testing and tagging include EFTPOS and cash registers, laptops, extension leads, electric vehicle charges, phone charges, other electrical items used within stand and licensed areas such as radios or heaters. 

What happens if my item fails the electrical test?

Any equipment that fails the electrical testing will be physically isolated (plug cut off) to make sure the equipment cannot be used until repaired. The Market Business is responsible for repairing or replacing the failed equipment.

I don’t want my items tested and tagged.

If you don’t want your items tested and tagged, pack them away at the end of trade into your store tenancy or take away with you at the end of trade. Alternatively download and affix this label to the items you do not want tested and tagged. 

Staying safe in the Market. 

All Market users have a responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others, and to comply with Market Operating Rules and the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) plan,

Electrical safety is a key safety priority within the common and trading areas of the Market.
The following rules aim to minimise the risks associated with electrical hazards including the risks of fires and electrocution:

  • Access to electrical switchboards is to be kept clear at all times
  • All electrical work is to be undertaken by a qualified electrician
  • Double adaptors must not be used – use portable power boards that have individual switches on each outlet.
  • Cords and leads are not to be run across floors, doorways, walkways, aisles or anywhere else they could be tripped or ran over.

For further information, contact the Melbourne Market Help Desk on 9258 6149 or email


Christmas and New Year trading hours

Christmas and New Year trading Hours are now available on the Melbourne Market website. Click here to view now.

Industry News

Cherish the moment – Cherry point of sale now available.

With Christmas less than four weeks away, we know it’s time for Australian cherries.

Cherry Growers Australia Inc and Horticulture Innovation Australia have provided some great Cherry point of sale kits for Melbourne Market retailers.

Each kit contains:

  • Posters for in-store displays;
  • Cherry bunting; and
  • Branded Cherry bags for you customers to use in store to pack their cherries.

The FREE kits are available for collection from outside the Customer Service Centre. Be quick, stocks are limited!

Come along to a free fitness seminar!

Michelle Reeves, accredited personal trainer and metabolic nutritionist, is running a FREE fat loss seminar at the Melbourne Market on Friday, 15th December at 8:00am. Download the flyer to find out more information.

Register today! 

Date: Friday 15 December
Time: 8:00am to 8:30am
Location: Melbourne Market Conference Room, ground floor Administration Building

Growing Leaders – National vegetable industry leadership program

Growing Leaders 2017 Applications Open 500HGrowing Leaders is the leadership platform being delivered through funding from Horticulture Innovation Australia. This is the only national industry specific leadership program for the vegetable industry and has been designed in consultation with the industry. The program encourages all sectors of the industry including growing, harvesting, processing, extension, exporters, importers, marketing and employees to register interest.

Growing Leaders participants will be involved in a nationally strategic project. Outcomes for participants will focus on personal, business and industry change and management. The content of the program ensures that participants are exposed to handling conflict, effective communication, efficient meetings, high performance team building, managing change and media.

Click here to find out more and apply online.


Smoking in the Market 

Image result for no smoking iconReminder – smoking is not permitted in the Market except within designated smoking zones. This includes all vapour/electronic cigarettes.
Click here to view the map including smoking zones.

Key Dates

Free testing and Tagging

  • Friday 9 December (post trade)

Health and well being free seminar

  • Friday 15 December

Christmas Day and New Years public holidays

  • Sunday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December – Boxing Day public holiday
  • Tuesday 27 December – Christmas Day public holiday
  • Sunday 1 January – New Years Day
  • Monday 2 January – New Years Day public holiday

Ask the MMA

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For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

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