Thursday 31 October 2013

Queen Victoria Market Forever

Today's press announcement by Premier Dennis Napthine and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle marked the start of what has been called one of Melbourne's biggest ever projects - the renewal of The Queen Victoria Market. The announcement was made out of a String Bean Alley container with a theme of "Forever - Making A Great Market Even Better." 

The presentation highlighted a proposal to include a 1.3 hectare green park over the current carpark, the construction of an underground carpark, and a World Heritage Listing application for QVM. The project, which could involve investment up to $250m, would begin with a comprehensive consultation program to start almost immediately. 

The Premier and The Lord Mayor both listed trader concerns high on their agenda and traders have received some initial assurances that they will be involved at various levels of consultation.
In fact the recent announcement of Traders Representatives being included on a sub-committee of the QVM Board is confirmation of that assurance, and more importantly, the requested role of traders beyond consultation and into the actual decision making process.

Traders can expect much press activity around the project and it has been the lead item on ABC Radio news this morning. There will be plenty to view and read about our market over coming days and a public involvement that will hopefully include a boost in crowd numbers throughout the market.
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