This Week in the Market edition 149 – 19 September 2017

In today’s This Week in the Market, implementing a drug and alcohol policy for your business, a reminder about the AFL Grand Final public holiday and don’t forget to register your children to visit the Market.

Market News

Establish a drug and alcohol policy for your business

The MMA held a drug and alcohol awareness training program for managers last week and one of the key learnings was the importance of establishing a drug and alcohol policy in your workplace.

This ensures risks to workplace health and safety associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs can be dealt with consistently, legally and to the benefit of both the employer and the employee.

A drug and alcohol policy should be developed in consultation with employees and focus on prevention, education, counselling and rehabilitation. The policy works best if it has the commitment of management and support of the workers.

As a starting point, WorkSafe Victoria has a comprehensive guide to establishing a drug and alcohol policy for your business which you can access here.

AFL Grand Final public holiday reminder

Image result for afl grand final 2017A reminder the Market will be closed next Friday 29 September 2017 for the AFL Grand Final public holiday.

Normal trading hours apply on Thursday 28 September and Saturday 30 September 2017.

Children in the Market

Time’s running out to register your children to visit the Market during the Term Three school holidays on Tuesday 3 October and Wednesday 4 October.

Registrations will close on Monday 2 October and are limited to the first 100 registered children.

Download the registration form here and read the accompanying information carefully, ensuring your business nominee has signed it before returning it to the MMA as soon as possible.

Contact the MMA on 9258 6100 for more information.

Safety in the Market

Keeping pedestrians safe on the Buyers’ Walk

If you operate an electric vehicle on the Buyers’ Walk it’s your obligation to drive
safely, stay within the speed limits and park your vehicle appropriately.

So where can you park your vehicle? Electric vehicles must park on the edge of the
carriage way. They are not permitted to park on or across the pedestrian paths or in
the centre of the electric vehicle lanes.

The image below demonstrates safe and unsafe parking.

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Industry News

2018 Science and Innovation Awards grant opportunities available

Grant applications are now open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Grants of up to $22,000 are available to fund projects by researchers aged 18-35 covering an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

There are 11 industry categories open for applications: cotton; dairy; established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; grains; health and biosecurity; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

Applications close 5:00pm on Friday 13 October 2017.

For more information on the awards including how to apply, please see the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ website.

Key Dates

AFL Grand Final public holiday

  • Friday 29 September 2017

Children in the Market

  • Tuesday 3 October 2017
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017

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