17 March 2015
Market expected to bloom
GOVERNMENT SAYS INTERCHANGE WILL ENHANCE NEW SITE
THE long-awaited Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Flower and Vegetable market is expected to open in Epping on August 3.
Traders will move from their Footscray Rd site to the $600 million market in July.
Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford said the market would be a huge economic boost to Melbourne’s north and boost the reputation of Victoria’s fresh produce and flower industries.
“I am pleased to announce that the new state-of-the-art fruit, vegetable and flower market in Epping is expected to open on August 3, 2015,” she said.
“The new market gives Victoria’s fresh produce and cut flower industries the opportunity to grow and to cement their position as a leader in Australia.” The market’s opening is set to test the road network across the cities of Whittlesea and Hume, but State Government spokeswoman Georgia Brumby said the Government was committed to its pre-election promise to invest $40.7 million towards the O’Herns Rd interchange project.
The promise was secured thanks to the Whittlesea Leader, Whittleasea Council, and Aurora Community Association’s Access Denied campaign.
“The Andrews Labor Government has committed $40.7 million towards a new interchange connecting O’Herns Rd to the Hume Freeway in Epping, the duplication of a 1.4km section of O’Herns Rd east of the interchange and construction of auxiliary lanes along the Hume Freeway between O’Herns Rd and Cooper St,” she said. “A business case is currently being developed for this project.”
She said the Government would also consider the increase in traffic on roads around the Epping market in its consideration of road funding and planning.