A delegation from Melbourne is touring some of our city's most iconic markets for three days, to find out about the Barcelona model and adopt some of our initiatives to modernise their own markets.
The delegation of Jennifer Hibbs, Chief Executive of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market, Elaine Canty, Chairperson of the Market's Board of Directors and Peter Clarke, a Melbourne City Councillor, will be accompanied by Genís Arnàs and Pere Xavier Sirvent, Manager of the Markets Services and head of projects at IMMB respectively, as they visit La Boqueria, Santa Caterina and the provisional Sant Antoni market from 30 September to 2 October.
Barcelona and London were the two cities chosen by Queen Victoria Market representatives to turn to for advice on improving the way they run their market and find out first-hand how our markets work and are being redeveloped.
The Barcelona model
This is a model involved in a significant process of market modernisation and redevelopment. It is the catalyst for a series of changes that seek to make the municipal markets more competitive, with modern facilities and the services the public have been calling for.
The model is being successfully exported, both at home and abroad. The Barcelona Municipal Markets Institute has seen a significant growth in calls for market advice from Catalonia, the rest of Spain and abroad.
A market with history
Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market is the only 19th-century market in the city that is still in operation. Dating back to 1878, it is Australia's largest market and one of the biggest in the world. The building has remained practically intact since its construction, offering a large range of both fresh food and non-food products.