'Furious agreement' over Queen Vic Market revamp

NEW Melbourne city councillors are in "furious agreement" that Queen Victoria Market needs big changes. Ideas range from a completely sustainable market to transforming the site into a community hub.

Lord mayor Robert Doyle last month said a $100 million investment in the Queen Victoria Market was a top priority for his second term.

He said further discussion with the community, traders and market management had to take place before plans to redevelop the market were finalised.

Cr Doyle said the council had already been meeting traders, asking them what was working and what could be improved.

"We know that there are problems for some traders not having access to running water, electricity or purpose-built waste disposal systems," he said.

"The Queen Victoria Market is a much-loved icon and we look forward to working with all of its stakeholders to secure the market's future."

Cr Cathy Oke said a redevelopment was an opportunity to make the site "completely sustainable", and sustainability could be increased by converting organic waste to energy and by greater solar energy production.

Cr Jackie Watts said the council was in "furious agreement" that work was necessary but that it was important to remember the site was a functioning fresh food market first. "It's well-loved, it's a major tourist attraction and it needs some TLC," she said.

Cr Ken Ong said he favoured the plan unveiled by his running mates Gary Singer and John So junior during the October election - to transform the site into the "Federation Square of the north".

He said the space had the potential to be developed into a community hub - but all stakeholders had to be properly consulted.

Cr Stephen Mayne said he would need to be convinced of the business case for a $100 million investment.

Cr Richard Foster agreed, saying there had to be a clear return on any investment. He said a redevelopment could help solve traffic congestion around the market.

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