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The historic Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne opened in 1878 will be getting an overhaul and it is expected to be a major economic driver for the city over the coming years.

According to a report on Sourcable.net, the City of Melbourne is expected to spend $250 million in the coming decade to revamp the inner-city market. In conjunction with the upgrade, the city wants the market’s trading hours to be extended as well as opening seven days a week and evenings.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle of the City of Melbourne estimates that the overhaul will be the largest investment in the council’s history. The upgrade is expected to boost the market’s annual turnover from $91 million to $690 million.
Mayor Doyle explained:

“This is about creating one of the great economic drivers of our city,” he told reporters on Thursday at the launch of a draft master plan. The project, which will include upgraded facilities as well as new event spaces, open areas and car parks, is earmarked for completion in 10 to 12 years.

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The construction sector in Melbourne will be getting a major boost from the upgrade. It is estimated that the project will create 9000 jobs over the duration of its construction. As the market expands 9000 more jobs will be created.

One of the traders at the market, Karen Birthisel believes that the extended trading hours will be good for working families – also boosting business. She also welcomed the updating of facilities and idea of bringing people back to the city for their shopping.

Other market traders warned that while a change is much needed, there should be trials and ongoing consultation with them. Some traders said they didn’t want to alienate their current customers.

With the thousands of construction jobs expected to be created by the project over the next few years, as well as the overall growth in housing construction in the state, experienced builders are being encouraged to pass their skills on to the next generation. More apprentices in the industry are necessary if we are to sustain the growth in the sector over the next decade.

Apprentices must first be trained on general construction safety, throughout Australia this training is The White Card.

The White Card training can be completed online in just a few hours and the accreditation gained is recognised nationally. So whether you choose to work in Melbourne and be part of the upgrading the city or in another part of the country, you do not need to repeat the training.

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