The South Melbourne Market was established in 1867, and is the oldest continuing market in Melbourne. Over time, the Market has undergone regular improvement and expansion to accommodate the growing needs of its traders and the local community, as well as ensure it meets changing regulations.
We’re planning for the ongoing success of the Market for a growing population and future generations, and as part of this planning, we’d love your feedback on some outcomes that will help us achieve this.
Share your feedback by completing our survey before midnight Thursday 19 March, and help us shape what’s NEXT for the future of the South Melbourne Market.
A key priority in the City of Port Phillip Council Plan 2017-27, South Melbourne Market NEXT aims to undertake a review of the existing infrastructure and constraints at the Market, and present a range of scenarios for Council and the Market to achieve key outcomes that will ensure the future of the Market for future generations.
It will protect and enhance the identity of South Melbourne Market, retaining the essence and atmosphere of a community market. It will provide a vision for the Market as a community hub and a place to explore, shop, eat, meet and wander, encouraging people to spend more time and build community connections.
The NEXT project has been designed to address:
- changing compliance regulations
- significant growth in visitation with the need to address capacity and functionality
- rapid change within the retail sector and associated customer expectations, requiring a future focused plan that enables the Market to maintain relevance, and be operationally and financially sustainable in the future
- recognition of the important role markets can play as part of local economies and as community spaces.
Today, the South Melbourne Market continues to thrive in the local community within an ageing infrastructure. As it moves into the future, planning and investment through the NEXT project will ensure it continues to deliver a sustainable, safe and inclusive market experience for years to come.