This Week in the Market edition 172 – 27 March 2018

Edition 172: Easter trading hours this week
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In today’s Market news, a reminder about Easter trading hours this week, access card renewal invoices are now overdue, register your children to visit the Market and attend a drug and alcohol awareness forum for managers.

Market News

Don’t forget about Easter trading hours this week

A reminder the Fruit and Vegetable Market will be closed this Friday 30 March and Monday 2 April for the Easter public holidays.The following trading hours will apply for the Fruit and Vegetable Market:

  • Thursday 29 March 3:30am to 7:30am
  • Friday 30 March: Closed
  • Saturday 31 March: Closed with the exception of collection pre-ordered produce
  • Sunday 1 April: Closed
  • Monday 2 April: Closed
  • Tuesday 3 April: 3:30am to 7:30am. (one hour earlier)

The following trading hours will apply for the Flower Market:

  • Friday 30 March: Closed
  • Saturday 31 March: 4:30am to 7:30am
  • Sunday 1 April: Closed
  • Monday 2 April: Closed
  • Tuesday 3 April: 3:30am to 7:00am.

If your parking permit only allows access on a day where a public holiday falls, and you would like to come to the Market on an alternative adjacent day (for example your parking permit is for a Monday and you would like to access the Market on Tuesday 3 April), you will not be charged for parking and can enter the Market. However please note, your regular bay may not be available. Please seek instruction from a Market Relations Officer on arrival.

Warehouse access remains unchanged. Access for warehouse tenants is 24 hours 7 days a week.

Access card renewal invoices are now overdue

Access card renewal invoices were due on the 21 March 2018.If you haven’t paid your invoice in full yet or are unsure about any items listed on it, speak to the Customer Service Centre from 4:00am to 11:00am Monday to Friday on 9258 6123, visit them in person or drop them an email via

Payment of your invoice is essential to ensure all access cards linked to your business are renewed on 1 April 2018.

Read the Access Card Expiry FAQ’s for more information.

Register your children to visit the Market

Children under 15 years of age are not permitted in the Market in the interests of their safety. However, the MMA recognises for some families, providing children exposure to the Market is part of the education process to ensure they’re equipped to one day manage the family business.

Registrations are open for children to visit the Market during the Term One school holidays on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 and Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

Download the registration form here and return it to the MMA as soon as possible to secure your child’s visit.

The details:

· All children entering the Market must be pre-registered and approved by the MMA.

· Children under 15 years old are not permitted in the Market except for the nominated days as advised by the MMA.

· Numbers are limited to the first 100 registered children.

· Registrations will close on Monday, 9 April.

· Employees must have signed approval from their business nominee prior to submitting their form to the MMA.

Please note, any unregistered children found on site will need to be immediately removed by the responsible adult. A breach of the conditions or Market Operating Rules will incur penalties for the Access Card holder and their employer. Contact the MMA on 9258 6100 for more information.

Drug and alcohol awareness training

The MMA will hold a drug and alcohol awareness training session for business principals and managers on Thursday 19 April.

The session will cover the following:

  • How to manage the risks for your business
  • The impact of drugs and alcohol in the workplace
  • How to identify whether employees are affected by drugs and alcohol at work
  • How to approach and respond to employees affected by drugs and alcohol

The session will be led by Martin de Graaf, Manager, Health and Community, Melbourne Polytechnic.

Martin has worked for many years in education and the community services sector and has a great deal of experience as an alcohol and other drug counsellor and educator.

Date: Thursday 19 April 2018
Time: 8:30am to 9:30am
Location: MMA Conference Centre, Ground Floor, MMA Administration Building
RSVP: Confirm your attendance at by Wednesday 18 April

For more information contact the MMA on 9258 6100.

Golf Day a great success

Lots of fun and laughter was had at the Melbourne Market Golf Day, which  raised in excess of $80,000 for DEBRA Australia.

More than 60 participants hit the fairways in fantastic weather but unfortunately no one was able to hit a hole in one to claim the major prize.

DEBRA Australia assists in improving the lives of children and adults living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), the debilitating and sometimes fatal condition, by providing necessary support services, medical supplies, aids and equipment, support services, assistance with transition to independent living and research focusing on different aspects of EB.

Industry News

Greengrocery Training Program enrolments

Melbourne Polytechnic is now taking enrolments for the Greengrocery training program.

The program consists of two training courses:

  • Certificate 2 in Greengrocery
  • Certificate 3 in Greengrocery

Both courses have been developed specifically for those wishing to have a career within the Greengrocery industry.

Melbourne Polytechnic representatives will have pop up stands at the Melbourne Market on the following dates from 5am to 7.30am:

  • Wednesday 4 April
  • Tuesday 10 April
  • Wednesday 11 April
  • Wednesday 18 April

Come along and meet with them to discuss your training options and enrol in one of the two courses.

Chestnut recipe brochures are now available.

Collect your FREE chestnut recipe brochures for your store from outside the Customer Service Centre.Be sure to follow Chestnuts Australia on Instagram or head to the website for all the lastest campaign information.

Key Dates

Good Friday – Market closed

  • 30 March

Easter Monday – Market closed

  • 2 April

Children in the Market

  • 10 April
  • 11 April

Drug and alcohol awareness training

  • 19 April

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