The Melbourne Market is fundamental to Australia’s fresh produce industry. The current Melbourne Market was opened in 1969 and today over 3,000 businesses employing 7,500 workers utilise the facility. This rising demand has pushed the current West Melbourne site to its limits in terms of physical space, standards of health and safety, transport logistics and environmental impact.
The new Epping site is a fresh start. It is bigger, safer, more accessible and better equipped.
The huge 70-hectare site offers over 100,000 square meters of warehousing space, and a separate 60-hectare site adjacent to the Market provides plenty of room for potential future expansion into a fresh food precinct.
It meets higher standards of health and safety by separating different kinds of vehicles, creating clear pedestrian zones and providing dedicated loading and unloading facilities.
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The new Melbourne Market is close to Tullamarine airport, and nearby arterial roads link the Market to ports and the regions where much of the produce is grown, meaning faster and more efficient transport of produce.
The new Market facility will also reduce the environmental impact of the site. It is equipped to harvest and treat rain and storm water, generate solar electricity, and allow better management of waste towards a recycling target of 95 percent.
The development of the new site and relocation of the Market is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Victoria and is managed by the Victorian state government. The Melbourne Market Authority will manage the site and its operations.