A tough year for traders is behind us but we’d like to look at some of the highlights of 2012 through the eyes of the trader’s website.
Some Significant Stories
Traders Make Submission To Council. This wasn’t the first submission made by a
group of traders to the MCC but it was the first by General Merchandise Traders
and it related to our ongoing campaign for recognition as an important part of
the market’s make-up.
Best Coffee – And The Winner Is. This was a bit of fun but traders certainly
got involved in choosing the market cafe that made the best coffee.
General Merchandise Still Short-changed In Tourist Brochures. An ongoing battle with management and the MCC is getting
recognition for the contribution made by General Merchandise particularly in
the tourist market.
Traders Meet With Lord Mayor. A letter to the Lord Mayor of
Melbourne by one of our traders started the ball rolling for a series of
meetings to discuss the future of the market.
Dear Mr. Doyle - Our Future ...YourSay - No.1. This
article was chosen because of the huge response from traders on a variety of
Grouping Stalls – The Case For. Who can forget the furore cause by this
Tenants Force Malls To Cut Rents. This is one of many articles on retail rent
reductions during 2012 and when it came to QVM in the November rent review we
had a win (no increase for SL Traders) and a loss (a small increase for PE
Mass Meeting To Examine QVM Future – A significant event in 2012 was the first
meeting of all traders with the CEO of the MCC, The MCC design guru Rob Adams,
and the Chair of the QVM Board, Paul Guerra.
What Do You Think Of M Shed? – The new String Bean Alley concept gains
comments from traders.
Traders Refer Tourism Request ToBoard. The long battle to get
focussed marketing to tourists is referred to the QVM Board.
TAC Election Results. A well contested election of trader’s
representatives reaches conclusion.
Restrained Feedback Meeting LaysFramework. The
headline attempted to show some optimism but this meeting with the MCC and QVM
Board was a fizzer.
STOP PRESS – The QVM A Winner InCouncil Elections. Robert
Doyle’s re-election was seen a positive although not all agreed.
Leah and Austin Charm Neal Mitchell. As the debate over the future of the QVM hots
up, a Neil Mitchell live broadcast from the market gains attention.
What Is QVM? This question was raised at a TAC meeting and
is significant as we plan to review many aspects of the market’s operation
heading in to 2013.