This Week in the Market – Edition 83

24 May 2016

In today’s This Week in the Market learn how you can save with our new recycling transfer centre, we announce free post public holiday parking for buyers and your invitation to attend the Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference. 

Market News

Recycling transfer centre

The new recycling transfer centre, next to Gate 2, is set to open on Monday 6 June. 

The new centre will make recycling quicker, easier and more efficient and there are some great ways to reduce your recycling costs too. 

Did you know store and warehouse tenants can dispose of bulk recycling for free?
It’s as easy as 1,2,3… 

  1. Pick up a free tote bin from the recycling transfer centre, there is no hire charge.
  2. Take it back to your premises and fill it with clean separated waste. This can be polystyrene, plastic, cardboard or paper.
  3. Return it to the recycling transfer centre at no cost.

Please note, small fees apply for organic waste or general waste. Contaminated bins (e.g. cardboard containing organic produce) will be charged as general waste. For a full list of recycling fees visit the MMA website.

Free parking for buyers after a public holiday

Buyers with a parking permit to access the Market on a day where a public holiday falls have been able to enter the Market on the following day upon payment of the $23 casual parking fee.

Going forward, the $23 casual fee will not be applicable in these circumstances (for the day immediately following the public holiday only).

For example, Bob has parking as a buyer on Monday and Thursday. If a public holiday falls on a Monday, Bob can park at the Market on Tuesday (only) at no additional cost.

If you have a reserved bay, this bay may not be available, please ask a Market Relations Officer who will be able to instruct you on where to park. The MMA is investigating options to improve this arrangement. 

Market Event

Free Market business forum – The Entrepreneurs’ Programme with John Lochery

The Melbourne Market Authority would like to invite all Market businesses to attend a free forum on the Australian Governments Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Business adviser, John Lochery, with over 25 years’ experience in the Food and Agribusiness industry, has been delivering the Entrepreneurs’ programme for the last three years and will be holding a free information session for all Market users.

The session will include an overview of the programme as well as how your business can participate and benefit from the program.

When: 9:30am [concluding at 10:30am] Wednesday 8 June 2016

Where: Melbourne Market conference centre, Administration Building ground floor

Cost: FREE!

More information on the session and the Entrepreneurs’ Programme is available on the here.

Maintenance report

Line marking of curbs

Over the coming weeks, line marking of curbs around the warehouse precinct will occur. The line marking is a result of feedback from Market users to increase visibility of the curbs in low light, reducing the risk of roll over. Line marking will occur during the day and is not anticipated to impact Market operations.

If you’d like further information about this maintenance contact the Help Desk 24/7 on 0437 006 459.

Reminder – forklift cross over maintenance occurring this week

Reminder for all forklift drivers, the second stage maintenance of the undercover forklift route that runs North to South through the centre of the trading stands (T2) will occur this week from Wednesday 25 May to Sunday 29 May from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

This work will remove the final bump that occurs at the end of the covered section of the route where the concrete meets the asphalt.

During this time, forklifts will not be able to use this route. Keep a look out for the directional signs, or ask a Market Relations Officer.

These works will smooth the forklift route, minimising the risk of accidents and loss of produce.

Industry News 

You’re invitation to the Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference 2016

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The Hydroponic Farmers Federation Executive Committee wishes to extend an invitation for the Market community to attend the Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference 2016 and technical exhibition to be held at Mantra Lorne from 8 to 10 June 2016.

This is the 10th Biennial Conference, and  includes changes to the format of the event, such as the opportunity for trade partners to invite their customers (growers) to learn, share and network with like-minded people. Click here to learn more.

The conference is a great opportunity for traders and growers to network, share ideas and attend a range of information sessions from guest speakers including Frank Costa of Costa Group and Michael Simonetta of Perfection Fresh. View the full list of speakers.

The conference also includes a trade exhibition which will showcase a range of industry related items including a display from the naming rights sponsor “Powerplants Australia”. View the list of exhibitors here.

To date, the conference has over 200 registered delegates.

For more information view the conference program, contact John Elford on 0417 035 956 or visit the conference website

Export-ready vegetable growers invited to display at the 2016 Reverse Trade Mission Produce Display

All export-ready vegetable growers are invited to register with the AUSVEG Export Development Team to display their produce to 40 international fresh produce buyers at the National Horticulture Convention.

AUSVEG will be bringing leading buyers from across Asia and the Middle East to Australia to attend the National Horticulture Convention and to participate in a range of farm visits that will showcase the Australian vegetable industry.

Growers from across the country will have the valuable opportunity to display their produce to these delegates at the Produce Display event, to be held on Friday 24 June from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

To download the registration form for this event, click here.


The Melbourne Market Customer Service Centre closes at 11:00am Monday to Friday.

During peak times, the Customer Service Centre may not be able to answer your phone call however, voice messages are answered daily. To ensure a call back please leave your name and contact details.



Key dates

Free Market business forum – The Entrepreneurs’ Programme with John Lochery

Wednesday 8 June 9:30am

Queens Birthday public holiday

Monday 13 June, 2016 – Market closed

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