This Week in the Market, Edition 110 – 5 December 2016

In today’s This Week in the Market, we provide an update on access to the Market for buyers on Christmas Eve plus make the most of on-site Market events with forklift training and a free fitness seminar. 


Market News

Christmas Eve Market access for buyers

Previous correspondence regarding Christmas trading hours noted that the Fruit and Vegetable Market will be closed on Saturday 24 December with access for buyers to collect pre-ordered produce between 4:00am and 6:00am only. 

After receiving feedback from the Market community, we would like to clarify the process for collection of orders on Christmas Eve. 

  • Buyers can enter the Market on Saturday 24 December to collect pre-ordered stock as arranged with your supplier at any time (not only between 4:00am and 6:00am as previously noted).
  • The Buyers’ Walk and Trading Floor will not be open for trade.
  • Park in your regular parking bay, if it’s not available, park a nearby vacant bay or seek instructions on where to park from a Market Relations Officer.
  • The Flower Market will be trading business as usual on Saturday morning.

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


Free testing and tagging for Market users – Reminder

The MMA will be providing FREE testing and tagging for all Market store and stand holders this Friday 9 December after trade. Any electrical items left in common areas of the trading floor building or out the front of store tenancies or on trading stands will be inspected, tested and tagged by our authorised electrician at no cost.  

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

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. 

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


Industry News

On-site forklift refresher training by Melbourne Polytechnic

Do your staff require extra training?

This on-site forklift refresher training will assist safety conscious organisations to keep their workers’ skills up to date and current. Training will provide workers with information about current WorkSafe regulations and/or legislation and standard operating procedures as well as site safety and safe driving principles.

Training will be at the Melbourne Market in 3 hour blocks over a 2 day period for a total of 6 hours.

Day: 13th December and 14th December, 2016
Time: 8.00am to 11.00am
Cost: $324.50 (includes GST)

At the end of the course participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For further information regarding course dates in 2017 please call 03 9269 8615 or email:

Download the flyer.

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 Thursday, 15th December at 8:00am. Download the flyer to find out more information. 

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


Vegetable Strategic Investment Plan: Online survey available for comment.

As part of the process for producing a new Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the vegetable industry, Horticulture Innovation Australia has engaged specialist consulting firm Consulting & Implementation Services (CIS). As part of this process CIS will seek industry feedback to ensure the SIP accurately reflects how to best spend the Vegetable R&D levy to maximise the industry’s funding priorities for the next five years.
As well as hosting grower workshops around the country, CIS has developed a short online survey for growers and industry members to provide feedback on what they think the opportunities are for the vegetable industry in next five years (it only takes about 10 minutes to complete).
It is important that we get as many growers providing feedback as we can, so please complete this survey and have your say on the industry’s funding priorities for the R&D levy.
To complete this survey and have your say on the future of investment in the vegetable industry please click here.


Did you know? 

Related imageIf you need to bring a visitor into the Market who doesn’t have a current Melbourne Market Access Card there is a quick and simple process to register your visitor online.

Head to the Visiting the Market page on the Melbourne Market and complete the ‘Visit a Tenant’ form. Please note, all visitor requests must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the visit date.

Key Dates

Free testing and Tagging

  • Friday 9 December (post trade)

Health and well being free seminar

  • Thursday 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


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For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

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