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20 July 10am Meeting to save Victoria Market from Council micro-management

Victoria Market, as we know it, is under threat. The City of Melbourne, along with the top end of town, has plans to reduce and gentrify our historic market, paying lip service only to its valued heritage and the important service it provides to the wider Melbourne community, in particular, its role in keeping food quality standards high, food prices down, while providing astounding diversity.

The Council’s intention is to:

sell off part of the market’s land for commercial development, road extension and other purposes
to build high-rise buildings at its immediate doorstep,creating tall walls and corridors around its perimeter
to shrink the market from 12 sheds to 5
to gentrify this historical market by cherry picking which traders will stay or go,
jeopardise &/or close small, family-run businesses by not renewing or extending leases beyond one year,
to create a gourmet food precinct and entertainment space.

In short the Council proposes to micro-manage a cultural change of the market, to change its size and shape and give itself free rein to make physical changes to its layout without further public consultation.

Dear Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. members and friends

Here is a message from the Friends of the Queen Victoria Market. (PPL VIC is a great supporter) "You are invited to a meeting which is about building a community campaign with market traders, its customers, the wider community and the NUW (National Union of Workers) to protect the Vic Market, its people and its history. See https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofQueenVictoriaMarket. where you will find the flier and good background on the issues. The Friends of QVM Facebook page is a community page and everyone who is interested is welcome."

Meeting details are:

Date & time: Wednesday 20 July at 10.30am
Venue: Victorian Trades Hall Council Chambers, Cnr Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton
Location: Melways ref: Map 2B F12, Trams along Victoria and Swanston Sts, Buses along Lygon & Swanston Streets
Contact: Mary-Lou Howie M 0401 811 893
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofQueenVictoriaMarket

The message from Friends of QVM continues: Just in case you don’t follow the Friends of Queen Victoria Market Facebook page which I co- author and now has a huge following, the Vic Market traders and supporters are having a big meeting at Trades Hall this Wednesday at 10:30 am.

As you must be aware, the Vic Market, as we know it, is under threat. The City of Melbourne, along with the top end of town, has plans to reduce and gentrify our historic market, paying lip service only to its valued heritage and the important service it provides to the wider Melbourne community, in particular, its role in keeping food quality standards high, food prices down, while providing astounding diversity.

The Council’s intention is to:

sell off part of the market’s land for commercial development, road extension and other purposes
to build high-rise buildings at its immediate doorstep,creating tall walls and corridors around its perimeter
to shrink the market from 12 sheds to 5
to gentrify this historical market by cherry picking which traders will stay or go,
jeopardise &/or close small, family-run businesses by not renewing or extending leases beyond one year,
to create a gourmet food precinct and entertainment space.

In short the Council proposes to micro-manage a cultural change of the market, to change its size and shape and give itself free rein to make physical changes to its layout without further public consultation.

The Lord Mayor has said this is the largest project ever undertaken by the City of Melbourne and an implementation strategy is now in place, yet no comprehensive plans detailing what is to be implemented has ever been revealed to the public.

Friends of Queen Victoria Market have a healthy readership of around 2,000 - 5,000+ people who want the market to continue as a sustainable, functioning shopping space for all people in Melbourne. We support revitalisation of the market and believe in proper independent consultation that leads to appropriate change, always mindful of QVM’s history, heritage and importance to our community.

If you are available, I would love to see you at Trades Hall on Wednesday. Cheers, Mary-Lou Howie M: 0401 811 893

Circulated by Julianne Bell Secretary Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc.PO Box 197 Parkville 3052 Mobile 0408022408

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Full house at Vic Market mass meeting. Thanks to Luke and Victorian Trades Hall Council for the support!

Demands are about respect: certainty for stallholders, businesses and traders, preserving the open air, working heritage of the market and stallholder & community reps on the Queen Vic Market Board. Stay tuned for updates.

Friends of Queen Victoria Market

Friends of Queen Victoria Market

According to traders:
‘The CEO indicated that people will be moved over a period of years into temporary catchment areas, as renewal occurs. He stated that QVM will pick up all associated costs involved in such displacement.
Mr McCullough said “everyone will continue to trade.”

A trader’s questions to the market CEO
1. Food court (Victoria street and Queen street)
Is it staying ?
If not, relocated to where ?? (H and I shed ?)
When, where and how ??
What guarantees are you giving that all food shops have a future during and after redevelopment.
Explain your contingency for a compensation package?

2. Meat and fish area: Talk of remodelling .
How, when and where?
What guarantees are you giving that all butchers and fish shops have a future during and after redevelopment..
Explain your contingency for a compensation package?

3. H and I sheds.
Why move something that works?
Will be redeveloped as what?
Where will H and I shed be moved to during and after redevelopment ?
When , and how?
What guarantees are you giving that all fruit stalls and other food categories operating in H and I shed have a future during and after redevelopment?
Explain your contingency for a compensation package ?

4. Deli section
What exactly do you propose, when you state only light refurbishment?
What guarantees are you giving that all the deli traders and specifically the food takeaway shops have a future during and after redevelopment?
Explain your contingency for a compensation package ?

5. A ,B C D sheds.
Are you proposing redeveloping ABCD and Munro site at the same time ?
How long do you estimate redevelopment of each site ?.
Where are the 164 plus stallholders in A and B shed relocated to?
Where will the 226 stalls plus street traders in D and C shed be relocated to?
What size configuration?

Underground parking
A,B,C,and D shed total area 13,904 sq. meters.
Area required for 1 x car bay plus drive area = 30 sq meters, that equates to 465 car bays per floor level. = approx.. 930 car bays for two floors minus storage area, coolrooms docking bays etc .

6. L and M sheds.
L shed and M shed allocated to fruit stalls ?
Approx 130 stalls and 14 containers moved to where?
When, where and how?
What size configuration?.
What guarantees are you giving that all stallholder and container traders have a future during and after redevelopment?
Explain your contingency for a compensation package ?
Where will Market Espresso coffee shop be reallocated too?

7. G. No plans or details.

8. E, F, J, K , rear of K and rear of J
No details at all for 500 odd stalls .
What guarantees about their continued trading during and after redevelopment.

9. Franklin street box storage, cleaning contractors, cool rooms areas.
No mention or discussion about when, how or where

Queens new market area (proposed area from Franklin and Queen street to toilets - More details are required.

10. Munro site
How many car bays?
Explain your contingency for a compensation package to affected businesses that will be affected by the redevelopment?

Stallholders demand answers.
Actual plans and detail be would appreciated