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Fears $40m Queen Vic Market plan will turn it into shopping centre

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A plan by Melbourne City Council to invest almost $40 million to add two sheds at Queen Victoria Market has renewed fears that the site will be turned into something resembling a shopping centre.

On Tuesday, the council will decide whether to invest $35 million to build a “trader shed” and “northern shed” on Queen Street, which will include logistics, storage, waste and recycling facilities, customer toilets and trader bathrooms and meeting areas.

A further $4.5 million will go on a refurbishment of the market’s food court.

Lord mayor Sally Capp said the development would employ about 400 workers, in addition to 500 already building the Munro development and restoring the market’s heritage sheds, and help to attract more…



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