Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Melbourne. Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the market. As owners of the Queen Victoria Market, the City of Melbourne has oversight and responsibility for any capital improvements at the site.
The Queen Victoria Market occupies 7 hectares (approx 2 city blocks) within the Melbourne Central Business District and has been operated by the Council or the Company for over 139 years.
There are 140 leasehold premises and over 600 periodical licence stallholders. It is a well-known historic and cultural icon for the City of Melbourne and is the largest and most original of all the retail markets in the metropolitan area. It has national and international significance as an historic open market.
The Market is very much a fresh food market based on fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, chicken and delicatessen lines. General lines include clothing, footwear and accessories. Giftware and souvenirs have become an important part of the Market with particular appeal to interstate and overseas tourists as well as segments of the local market. Take away food and coffee have had significant growth over the last few years.
The Market first opened on Sundays in 1979, initially trading in general merchandise which considerably strengthened revenue and its consumer appeal for general lines. Fresh food trading on Sundays commenced in 1994. Since then the Sunday trade in the food area has developed well.
The general trading area has experienced substantially increased competition as a result of more options for shoppers, especially on Sundays.
The Sunday Market has also become a major shopping and tourist destination in its own right. Food trading on Sundays has grown substantially. Queen Street, on Sundays, with plants, coffee, pancakes and other offerings, is now a strong, colourful trading area sought by traders. The theme of Sunday being a “family” day is supplemented by live entertainment with bands, fashion parades and other activities in Queen Street.
There have been many changes during the Market’s operation over the years. A strategy has been implemented to make the facilities of the Market more available outside normal Market operating times, especially in the evenings. This strategy, of encouraging additional uses, has been very successful. There are now regular annual events such as Opera in the Market, which attract large audiences each year plus two major seasonal events, the Summer and Winter Night Markets.
Board of Directors
Executive Chairperson Paul Guerra is a senior executive with a wide range of corporate experience across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Most recently, Paul was the Managing Director Asia Pacific at Optum International, a role he held for five years. He has previously held senior roles at Vodafone Australia and Motorola. Paul holds an Honours Degree in Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Management, and his leadership roles encompass sales and marketing.
Paul is passionate about contributing to the community and is director of Red Dust Role Models, which promotes health development for indigenous youth in remote communities in Australia. He is also a Director of Wesley College. In recognition of Paul’s contribution to both business and the wider Australian community, Paul was appointed an Australia Day Ambassador in 2013.
Director of the Company and Deputy Chair, Jane Fenton is an advisor to the Melbourne based public relations and marketing communications consultancy she founded in 1987, Fenton Communications. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. Jane is Chair of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust, Deputy Chair of Cancer Council Australia, a member of the MCG Trust and a member of the Road Safety Camera Commissioner’s Road Safety Advisory Group. She is the former Chair of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), a past President and Life Governor of Very Special Kids and a former Board member of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. A Victorian Telstra Business Woman’s award winner, Jane is the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal, AM, for services to the community particularly through support for a range of health, medical research, youth and women’s groups. Jane has an honors law degree from the University of Bristol in the UK.
Director of the Company and Chair of the Company’s Audit and Risk Sub-Committee, Mr Burroughs is a chartered accountant and was a senior partner at KPMG, a major accounting firm, until his retirement in 1998. In his career with KPMG he specialised in the Financial Services, Construction and Manufacturing sectors of the economy as well as managing major divisions of the firm. He has served as a non executive director of the Women’s and Children’s Health Service, Pacifica Group Ltd, The Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board, The Open Garden Scheme, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, State Trustees Limited and the Corporate Trustees of large public offer superannuation funds administered by MLC Ltd. He currently acts as the Independent Member of the Audit committee of Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd. During his career he has worked in Europe and the United States and traveled extensively across Asia.
Director of the Company and Chair of the Company’s Marketing Sub-Committee. From professional football (soccer) player to 30 successful years in the hospitality business, Melbourne born George Christopoulos worked in the real estate industry before moving to Canberra to study Sports Marketing and Business and training at the Australian Institute of Sport. A career in professional sport followed, playing in the European football leagues and also representing his country playing for the Australian National Socceroos Team. George returned from Europe and entered the hospitality industry, owning and operating some of Melbourne’s well known cafes, bars and restaurants.
Yvonne von Hartel AM
Director of the Company and member of the Company’s Market Renewal Sub-Committee, Yvonne von Hartel AM is a Founding Principal of the award-winning national architectural and urban design practice, peckvonhartel. Yvonne has practiced as an architect for over 48 years, working on Australia’s largest and most significant infrastructure projects. Yvonne is currently a Member of the La Trobe University Council, a Commissioner of the Victorian Building Authority, a Director of the University of Wollongong, SMART Infrastructure Advisory Council, and a Trustee of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Chair of the Capital Works Committee. She is the Independent Specialist Advisor – Design for the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct, Design Advisor for the M5 Project Sydney for the WestConnex Delivery Authority, Member of the Design Advisory Panel Capital Metro Agency Canberra, and a Member of the Mornington Peninsula Design Advisory Panel.
Jane Hodder is a Partner in the real estate group of Herbert Smith Freehills. She has a depth of commercial experience in professional services and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Law from Monash University. She has spent more than 25 years in the building and real estate industries advising clients and bringing together parties on a range of transactions. Jane has significant expertise serving on boards. She is the current Chairperson of the St Catherine’s Girls School Council (and member of building and property sub-committee), Chairperson of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, a member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of Monash University Law School and a member of the Australian Institute of Company
Directors, as well as a Williamson fellow and Cranlana fellow. She is also a past member of the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Council, former Global Partner Head of Diversity and former Chairperson of the Monash Law School Foundation.
Jane is a proud and passionate Melbournian with a strong interest in our community and the arts, current business issues and matters affecting Melbourne, the State of Victoria and Australia. She is a member of the company’s Audit and Risk Committee.
David Mann OAM
Director of the Company and member of the Company’s Marketing Sub-Committee David is Chair, The Order of Australia Association, Member, Australia Day Committee (Victoria), Chair, Ministerial Small Business Advisory Council, Chair, Police Blue Ribbon Day Community Council and Chair, Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve Committee of Management. David Mann – best known as ‘Mann About Town’, plays the part of roving reporter for 3AW 693 and Magic 1278. “I love my role catching up with businesses and organisations around Victoria to promote them to the public, and to highlight their success stories and achievements”, said David. David also runs his own marketing and public relations company ‘Mann Promotions Pty Ltd’ that consults to many operations and not-for-profit organisations around Australia.
Paul Sheahan AM
Director of the Company and member of the Company’s Market Renewal Sub-Committee, Paul Sheahan has worked all over the education sector. A mathematics graduate of the University of Melbourne, he finished his teaching career as Principal of The Geelong College and then Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School. Outside the education field, he is the immediate Past President of the Melbourne Cricket Club and is currently a Director of DrinkWise Australia Pty Ltd and SchoolPlaces Pty Ltd, and he chairs the Board of the Energy & Water Ombudsman (Victoria). In addition, he sits on the Advisory Board of the Monash University Business School.
About the retail plan
Melbourne’s Marketplace is the retail plan that will guide and secure the future of trading at the Queen Victoria Market. It seeks to serve the changing needs of the city while keeping the authentic character of the market at its heart. The plan was developed by Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd in consultation with traders, the City of Melbourne and other key stakeholders.
The forward-looking plan provides a view of what trading at the market will look like in 2023, following the completion of the City of Melbourne-led Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal program. The plan reinforces commitment to the market’s heritage and highlights that the Queen Victoria Market is, and always will be, first and foremost a marketplace.
Maintaining affordability for traders and customers is key to this plan, as is supporting and developing small business to enable the traditional market to retain its essence while providing a more diverse offer and a key community meeting place.
What is the vision for the market as described in the retail plan?
The retail plan is built around key elements and will deliver:
- Security and affordability for traditional traders
- Support for small business
- Protection of our heritage
- A customer focus
- A place for community and visitors
- Investment in infrastructure
Click here to view the Melbourne’s Marketplace Retail Plan.
The retail plan formed part of the City of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal (QVMPR) program Business Case, released in July 2017. To read more about the QVMPR program or to view the Business Case, visit the City of Melbourne website.