Flower Market Circular – 6 September 2018

Edition 90: Spring brides course
In this edition of the Flower Market Circular:

  • Register for Children in the Market
  • Attend the Spring Brides short course
  • Get involved in Australian Flowers Week

World flower council summit


The World Flower Council Summit is being held this year in Brisbane. Coinciding with Australian Flowers Week, the Summit program will consist of both floral demonstrations by award-winning experts as well as business seminars.
When: 17-20 September
Where: W Hotel Brisbane
Click here to see a full summary of the program and to register.

Public Holiday closure

Looking forward to the upcoming long weekend?
The Market will be closed on Friday 28 September for the AFL Grand Final eve public holiday.
Market trading hours before and after the public holiday will remain unchanged.
Will your team be celebrating on the last Saturday in September? Check out the road to grand final success in the AFL’s finals predictor tool.

Balashi Flowers nominated for Northern Business Acheivement Award

Well done to Melbourne Flower Market tenant Balashi Flowers who were nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council for the Northern Business Achievement Awards.  Balashi Flowers is a family agribusiness producing fresh cut flowers for both the wholesale market and direct to the public. The business has grown significantly in four years and has created local employment for eight people. Well done!

Spring brides course

Learn how to create a contemporary wedding bouquets inspired by a spring garden during a short course run by Melbourne Polytechnic.
Skills covered will include:

  • Selecting appropriate materials
  • Foraging techniques
  • Including wiring methods in a hand tied construction
  • Finishing and presentation

The course is suitable for experienced florists or those working in the industry wishing to upskill or looking for seasonal inspiration.
Date: Tuesday 23 October
Time: 10am
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $130
Location: Fairfield Campus
To enrol call  9269 8615 or email shortcourses@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

Children in the Market

During the upcoming school holidays, you’ll have the opportunity to bring your children to spend a day at the Market on either, Wednesday 26 September and/or Thursday 27 September. It is essential that you register each child attending prior to the event.
Registrations will close on Tuesday 25 September and are limited to the first 100 registered children.
Download the registration form here, then complete and return to the Customer Service Centre as soon as possible.
Contact the MMA on 9258 6100 for more information.

Apack on site at the Melbourne Flower Market

Apack are a family owned business supplying quality floral sundry supplies and grower products from just seven locations across Australia, and one of those locations is at the Melbourne Flower Market. Apack stock everything from glassware, foam products, ceramics, cards, ribbons, wire products and more.
The Melbourne Flower Market is your one-stop-shop for the widest range of flowers at the most competitive prices in Victoria with all the floral accessories you need to create amazing designs.

Worksafe Visits


Worksafe Victoria have notified the MMA that they will be conducting ad-hoc site visits at the Melbourne Market. The first visit commenced last Tuesday and random visits will run through to November. During this period Worksafe will be onsite approximately two mornings per week. It’s important to remember that Worksafe inspectors have the authority to enter any workplace at any time (you might remember this advertising campaign that was run a few years ago). Should an inspector ask to speak with you or ask to enter your worksite (e.g. cool room, store, warehouse) you are obligated to follow their instructions. Their visit is part of Worksafe’s Transport, Postal and Warehousing Industry project which will focus on manual loading and unloading of goods in the industry. Over the coming weeks we will provide a series of information about how to stay safe whilst carrying out these manual handling tasks.
And remember, the reason we all need to be safe at work is not about ticking a box with Worksafe or even about work at all; it’s because everyone deserves to go home safely at the end of each day.

Retail floristry Masterclass

Boost your flower sales!
Retail floristry guru Tim Huckabee from the United states is coming to Melbourne on his first Australian speaking tour. The event will provide practical tips to increase retail sales that can be implemented immediately as well as a presentation from Mark Anderson on retail pricing trends.
Where: Best Western Airport Motel & Convention Centre, 33 Ardlie Street, Attwood
When: Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – 3:00-5:00pm
Cost: $99 per person and $89 per subsequent staff member from the same business
Click here to secure your ticket.

Australian Flowers Week

Australian Flowers Week runs from Saturday 15 September to Sunday 23 September 2018 to celebrate the beauty of Australian fresh flowers and foliage. Australian Flowers Week is designed to celebrate everything we love about flowers, from the beauty and diversity of Australian grown flowers, to the stunning designs by Australia’s floristry artisans. Visit www.flowersweek.flowersaustralia.org for details of what is happening around Australia. Remember to use #ausflowersweek on all your social media posts between the 15-23 September.

Emergency warning system test

Next week, on Wednesday 12 September, the emergency warning and intercommunication system will be tested during trading hours. The test is being carried out whilst the Market is open so volume levels can be assessed over normal trade noise. You will first hear an announcement alerting you that testing is about to occur. No action is required, however as the system is being tested in multiple locations it may be loud and cause a short period of disruption.

Check out this YouTube video which shows you how to create a modern floral design using only carnations

Key Dates

Wed 26 & Thurs 27 September           Children in The Market

Friday 28 September                           AFL Grand Final public holiday (Market closed)

Ask the MMA

If you’ve got a question or suggestion for the MMA email it to submissions@melbournemarket.com.au.

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