This Week in the Market, Edition 93 – 2 August 2016

In today’s This Week in the Market, what you need to know about the power shut down on 20 August, come along to our free business forum today plus no more organic disposal at satellite stations. 

Market Event 

Come along today for a free business forum – ATO tax essentials workshop

This morning we’re hosting Grant Little from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for a free “tax essentials” business forum.

If you’re starting a new business or even if you’ve been in business for a while, come along and learn about:

  • Tax and superannuation implications for growing businesses,
  • Record keeping – understanding how to keep track of your business,
  • Reporting online to save time,
  • Business structures – which is best for you,
  • Registering your business, including GST, pay as you go withholding, FBT and more,
  • Small business tax concessions, and
  • where to go when you need help.

The session will conclude with time to ask questions. 

When: Today, Tuesday 2 August. 
Time: 8:30am concluding by 10:00am
Where: Melbourne Market conference room, ground floor administration building. 

Market News

Major power shut down of Market on Saturday 20 August

On Saturday 20 August, the Melbourne Market will be undergoing routine maintenance for the high voltage power supply. 

This means, the entire Market site will have no power for the duration of the maintenance period.
Here’s what you need to know.

Why is this maintenance happening?
This maintenance is required to maintain network integrity. It will occur every three years. The maintenance has been scheduled during winter to help keep coolrooms at a consistent temperature during the outage. 

Why didn’t it happen at West Melbourne?
The West Melbourne site, utilised City Power whereas Epping utlises infrastructure known as an embedded network. All embedded networks are required to undergo preventative maintenance every three years whereas City Power rely on reactive maintenance. 

What times will the power outage occur?
Between 10.30am to 4:00pm on Saturday 20 August. 

What do I need to do before the shut down?

  • Keep doors closed prior to shut down to retain desired temperature as long as possible. As the shut down is scheduled for only five and a half hours, temperatures won’t change dramatically in cool rooms over the shut down period if PIR doors are kept closed.
  • It is recommended stock holdings are minimised over this weekend or stored off site if possible.

Cafes and other food outlets

  • For cafes and other businesses with perishables in refrigerators it is recommended these are removed and stored offsite at close of business on Friday 19 August to avoid any losses.

Computer equipment and offices

  • All electronic equipment such as computers, laptops and point of sale systems are to be switched off and all data should be saved and/or backed up.
  • Don’t forget to remove all perishables from office refrigerators.

What do I need to do after the shut down?
All Market tenants with cooling will need to check with their cool room supplier whether their cooling system will automatically resume once power has been restored at 4:00pm on Saturday 20 August.
If your system does not automatically resume, you will need to either be onsite yourself to check the system or have your contractor do this on your behalf.

Can I still access the site during the shut down? If so, what restrictions will there be?
Yes, all access card holders can still access the site, however the site will be restricted to essential access only. All Market users entering the site will be required to enter via Gate 1 only.

Access to internal buildings within the Market will be restricted due to low light and the majority of restrooms on site will be closed. There will be restrooms available and these locations will be communicated to Market users prior to the shut down.

I need power during this time, what can I do?
If you need power during this time, you can hire a generator, at the cost of the tenant. Each generator on site must be registered via the Market Help Desk and must have a prescribed electrical certificate of safety.
For further details on accessing a generator for the power shut down, contact the Help Desk on 0437 006 459

I have deliveries scheduled for Saturday, can they still enter the site?
To maintain cool temperatures within your tenancy, we would recommend not entering your premise during the shut down, this means deliveries should be rescheduled where possible. 

If you have deliveries coming to the site during this time, you will need to alert your driver of the power outage and to follow instruction of the Market Relations Officers on site. 

Further details will be sent to all Market lease and licence holders this week including additional outages for maintenance of the site’s substations.

For further detail, contact the Help Desk on 0437 006 459 or

Removal of organic bins at Satellite stations

Due to extensive contamination, the organic bins located at satellite recycling stations are being removed this week. 

All organic waste will now need to be taken to the Recycling transfer centre located next to Gate 2. 


Industry news

Forklift truck refresher training @ Melbourne Polytechnic

Are you over the age of 18, hold a current Forklift Licence and can demonstrate experience in operation of a forklift machinery? 

If you have answered yes to these questions, then this course is for you….

This course has been designed to offer you the opportunity to refresh your skills. The training will be delivered at the Melbourne Market over 3 days (each session will be 2 hours in duration).

Date: 15 August – 17 August 2016
Time: 8.00am to 10.00am
Cost: $324.50 (includes GST)
Topics include: Revision of High Risk Work requirements for the operation of a Forklift Truck:– overview; worksite inspection and hazard identification exercise; selection of forklift and preoperational checks; safe operation of a forklift truck; post operational checks and follow up practical assessments.

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

For further information and enrolment phone 03 9269 8615 or email

Nice one!

Thank you to everyone who’s sent in their updated Certificate’s of Currency.

If you haven’t done this yet remember, most certificate’s of currency (CoC) for public liability insurance expire on 30 June. If you’re CoC has expired, you will need to supply the MMA with a new version as a condition of your lease or licence agreement.


Key Dates

Free Market business forum – ATO tax essentials workshop

  • Today! Tuesday 2 August

Buildings 5 & 6 available warehouses open for inspection

  • Monday 8 August

Forklift refresher training

  • 15-17 August

Fresh State Gala Ball 2016

  • 3 September 2016

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