This Week in the Market

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In this week’s Market News:

– Vaccination Hub Extension
– Pathways to Export Program
– International Women’s Day event 

Market News
Vaccination Hub Extension
The Melbourne Market Vaccination Hub will remain open for one final week due to increased demand last week. The hub will operate from Tuesday, 15 March to Friday, 18 March between 4:15am – 11:15am. This will be your last chance to get vaccinated in the market.

The Vaccination Hub is open to all market users who are needing any of their COVID vaccinations. Click here to book a vaccine appointment, or line up for a walk-in spot as soon as possible to avoid missing out. 

Pathways to Export Program
The Pathways to export program is a $5M four-year program to support agri-food businesses’ export and diversify into new markets. The program provides tailored one-on-one support and practical services for new exporters.  

The Pathways to Export program is conducting information sessions about exporting agri-food, eCommerce or accessing the China market during March and May 2022.
If you are interested in learning more about exporting to China, please register for the below information sessions by clicking the link. 

Session 1 – Pathways to Export Introduction and Vic House Promotion
Session 2: The China Market
Session 3: Doing Business with your Chinese Partners

You can also subscribe to the Pathways to Export Newsletter to receive regular newsletters containing news items, events and announcements that are of interest to Victoria’s agriculture, food and fibre exports community:

International Women’s Day event
Thank you to everyone who helped us acknowledge and celebrate International Women’s Day last Tuesday. Below is a video of all the market users who have pledged to Break The Bias and work toward a more equal future for all. 

Did you read our ‘Women of the Melbourne Market’ profiles on the market’s social channels? Be sure to check them out via the links below.

Access Card Renewals
The MMA has issued access card renewals for 2022. However, business owners have until the end of March to remove any inactive access cards from their account. To be eligible for a refund, you must remove any necessary access card by Thursday, 31 March. 
With the launch of the My MMA Portal, the process of removing unwanted access cards is now available to complete online with a simple click of a button, reducing unnecessary form filling. Watch the below tutorial to see how simple it is to remove access cards via the portal. If you haven’t set up your business’s My MMA Portal account, contact Amanda Flannery at or 0428 910 182 to nominate a business representative and confirm business details.  

Vale Bernie Hyett

The MMA and Market community offer condolences to the family of Bernie Hyett, who passed away Sunday, 6 March.

A dedicated Richmond supporter, this year would have marked Bernie’s 40 year anniversary in the Melbourne Market, most recently working with Ferrinda Fresh. 
Rest in Peace, Bernie.  

Notice of Disruptive Works
If you are in the market on Friday, 18 March between 9am – 1pm, please be aware that monthly sprinkler testing will be taking place. There will be slight noise disruptions.
Each of the below locations will be tested for approximately 15 minutes. Bells will only be in alarm when the specific bank is being tested and may cause disruption to tenants within the Buyers’ Walk Offices and Warehouses 5 and 6 Offices. We apologise for any inconvenience. 


Industry News
Australian strawberries grow and flourish with AI

Driving farming production and disease prevention through artificial intelligence technologies is the key aim of an Australian Research Council Research Hub. The hub received Australian Government funding of $5 million through the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Program in 2018.The Hub combines world-leading capabilities in image processing, machine learning, robotics, and software, with additional input from experts in agronomy, biology, water use, and farming technology.Click here to find out more. 

AgSmart panel looks at high-tech farming future
According to a panel of experts at the AgSmart Expo in Tamworth, rapidly evolving technology is having an increasingly large impact on farming in Australia. Led by ACM Agriculture national machinery and agtech writer Melody Labinsky, the seminar session looked into the uptake of agtech and how it is shaping the future of farming. Click here to find out more. 

Victoria’s 2022 Rural Women’s Award Winner
A Central Victorian entrepreneur has taken home the 2022 Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women’s award for her innovative work to connect regional and rural women through her print magazine publication.

Kimberley Furness was selected from a group of three finalists from across the state. She was acknowledged for her efforts in creating OAK Magazine, a proudly independent print publication dedicated to female entrepreneurs and women in business across regional and rural Australia.

Click here to find out more. 

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job boardShareTweetForward

Coolibah Herbs – Market Hand
About the role
The purpose of this role is to support our Melbourne Market in servicing our customers, packing and delivering orders around the market and working collaboratively to ensure deadlines are met.

You will be responsible for a range of tasks, with your key activities being:

– Operating a forklift
– Picking, packing and delivering customer orders
– and providing general assistance to customers in the purchase of Coolibah Herbs produce

Skills and experience
– A proven history of maintaining high standards of health & safety
– Valid forklift licence with a minimum of 2 years operating experience
– Excellent attention to detail
– Drivers’ licence and reliable transport is desirable

You must be available to work Sunday to Thursday between the hours of 7pm -10pm (start) and 5am-7am (finish time).
Early morning interviews between 4 am – 6 am.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to work in a friendly team environment, please apply as soon as possible!

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