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Melbourne 2006 Media Services Operational Arrangements - November 2005

Welcome to the ninth edition of the Media Services information web page for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Melbourne is currently celebrating the annual Spring Racing Carnival including the internationally celebrated Melbourne Cup which takes place in early November.

Celebrations for the Games continue across the Commonwealth with the Queen’s Baton Relay. During November the baton visits Tonga and the Solomon Islands before heading south to the isolated Australian Antarctic territory, where it will spend the early part of December. The success of this international journey to date ensures Melbourne is well placed to deliver a truly great Commonwealth Games.

Our professional Media Services and Publicity teams look forward to continue assisting you with your preparation for the Games.

Thank you for your support to date and we look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city in March 2006.

Charmaine Dobson
General Manager Marketing and Communications

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Dedicated Media Hotels 70% Allocated!

Since the release of the media accommodation options in April, 70% of rooms set aside specifically for media have been allocated. The Medina Grand Melbourne, the apartment style option, is at full capacity and now no longer available. The Commonwealth Games Travel Office (CGTO) envisages that media accommodation will be fully subscribed by mid December and urges all media to secure their accommodation as soon as possible – rooms at media hotels are subject to availability and will be allocated by the CGTO in order of receipt of reservations.

Visit the M2006 Travel Office or alternatively, contact the CGTO on the numbers below:-

Commonwealth Games Travel Office
Tel: +61 3 9676 2439
Fax: +61 3 9645 6985
Email: Games Travel Office

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Information logoMedia Accreditation closes in 2 weeks.
Applications for media accreditation must be submitted by 7 November 2005. Games Accreditation Online accounts will become inactive at midnight on this date. All requirements must also be received by M2006 by this date;
  • Application online for each person
  • Organisation Deed of Undertaking with Letter of Authority from Editor or Chief of Staff or equivalent; plus
  • Australian residents only: Informed Consent form and 100 point check for each applicant
  • Freelance media only: Letter of Authority from relevant Organisation.
Please ensure that your organisation has completed all requirements before the deadline. M2006 are unable to process applications for any organisation or individual until each requirement has been met.

If you have any issues or questions regarding the application process please email the M2006 Media Accreditation Coordinator, Kate White or phone +61 3 9613 2253.

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Key dates

A list of key dates pertaining to Accreditation for Media categories are:

Activity Date
Expressions of Interest from Media Organisations received ongoing
M2006 to initiate the Application for Accreditation process from now
Communication between M2006 and Responsible Organisations ongoing
Deadline for return of completed Application forms 7 November 2005
Media Accreditation Centre opens 1 March 2006

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A Professional camera repair service for all photographers using Canon and Nikon equipment will be available within the Main Press Centre. The Camera repair service will operate from the 14 – 27 March from 8:00am – 10:00pm.

Services offered will include:
  • Technical advice regarding professional SLR camera bodies and accessories
  • Cleaning and checking of professional camera bodies, lenses and accessories
  • Minor on-site repairs of professional camera bodies, lenses and accessories
  • Major off-site repairs of professional camera bodies, lenses and accessories
  • Back-up loan equipment to replace equipment booked in for service
  • Emergency and special-purpose loan of equipment
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News Access Policies

The Commonwealth Games Arrangements Act 2001 provides in summary that a person must not broadcast telecast or transmit any sound or image of a Commonwealth Games event, or make any sound recording or film television, video or digital recording of a Commonwealth Games event for profit or gain unless it has been authorised by Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation (M2006) or unless a determination has been made that an authorisation is not required.

International copyright law also covers television broadcasts and sound broadcasts of Commonwealth Games events. Copyright may be infringed by making a film or other copy of the visual images comprised in a television broadcast, by making a recording or other copy of the sounds comprised in a television or sound broadcast, or by re-broadcasting or otherwise communicating to the public a television or sound broadcast.

M2006 is intending to make a determination that authorisation is not required in relation to certain Commonwealth Games events, including the Queens Baton Relay and the Cultural Program (except for 7pm-12pm on March 15 2006). Copies of the determination will be available from M2006 once made.

M2006 will authorise broadcasting either through its contractual arrangements with rights-holders, or through news access rules for non-rights holders. Separate news access rules will apply for television, radio, and mobile and internet both for Australia and international territories. Where appropriate, M2006 may authorise supplemental rules for various organisations.

The standard Australian television and radio rules have been finalised, and can be accessed by viewing the News Access Policies on this website.

The acceptance of these rules does not automatically permit accreditation.

For media accreditation enquiries, please email Kate White.

For enquiries on the access rules, please email Michelle Bartlett.

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Code of Conduct Policies

The Code of Conduct policies for both Media and Photographers are now available to view. Please read these policies as they form part of your accreditation application.

For more information, please view the Code of Conduct Policy on this website.


Assuming you have forwarded your Rate Card Order, a friendly reminder that your final Rate Card Payment is due on 18 November.
If you have any queries, please email the Rate Card team .

Please Note:
Penalties apply for late orders received after the 18 November – refer Section 3.2.1 of Rate Card Document. Perhaps more importantly M2006 will use best endeavours to fulfil orders received after this date however goods/services will be subject to availability.

Key dates

Activity Date
Preliminary Rate Card Catalogue issued 1 April 2005
Ordering commences April 2005
50 per cent payment of total order due At time of ordering
Final Rate Card catalogue issued Week commencing 4 July 2005
Closing date for ordering items 14 October 2005
Final payment 18 November 2005

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Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill, a living museum at Ballarat, 115km west of Melbourne, tells the story of the discovery of gold in Ballarat between 1851 and 1861 with costumed staff, street theatre and a selection of 1850s working trades people adding to this unique attraction.

Sovereign Hill has developed a new Gold Mountain Tour offering the best of Sovereign Hill's gold experiences and allowing visitors to be swept up in the excitement of gold fever.

The package includes a fully-guided, 90-minute gold tour. As part of this special experience, visitors meet and chat with costumed characters and take unique souvenir photographs, hold beautiful gold nuggets and see the Gold Museum’s million dollar gold display. Groups also have the option to go underground on a Gold Mine Adventure or witness an amazing $50,000 Gold Pour.

With on-site accommodation, Sovereign Hill also offers both a day and night time experience. Blood on the Southern Cross, a spectacular sound and light show about the Eureka Rebellion tells the story of Australia’s only civil uprising between goldminers and government forces.

Visit the Sovereign Hill Website for more information.

Kirrit Barreet Aboriginal Art Gallery

Enjoy a fascinating insight into the world’s oldest continuous surviving culture at Ballarat’s new multi million dollar world class Aboriginal arts and culture centre.

The Kirrit Barreet Aboriginal Art Gallery (a place of creation) is situated next to Sovereign Hill and features a museum, café, culture/keeping place, art gallery, gift shop, multimedia and performance theatres and an environmental centre.

Aboriginal owned and operated by the local Ballarat community the centre presents a fascinating discovery and experience of Aboriginal life - specifically the unique culture of the Wathaurong tribal group. One of the complex’s major attractions is the Kirrit Barreet Aboriginal Art Gallery which is home to high quality authentic arts and crafts painted by community members and artists from Aboriginal Australia. The gallery can be viewed and purchases can be made on-line at the Kirrit Barreet Aboriginal Art Gallery Website.

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

Built in 1884, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery. The collection spans early colonial works through to contemporary art, with collections of works on paper, decorative arts, costume and sculpture. Works from the Heidelberg School, and prints dating from Captain Cook's voyages to the present day are included. The Gallery also houses the original Eureka Flag, an important gold fields collection and Lindsay Family works.

The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery has housed the Eureka Flag since November 1895. The flag is an important historical relic, symbolising Australia's only armed rebellion in 1854 on the Victorian goldfields that lasted just six days. The Eureka Flag is displayed in its own gallery alongside a changing display of related work including a large collection of watercolours by S.T. Gill. The Gallery has an active public program of major exhibitions and community based exhibitions as well as weekly lunchtime talks organised by the Gallery Guides. Services and facilities include free guided tours, wheelchair access and a cafe. The Gallery's Education Officer provides a special support service for schools.

Visit the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Website for more information.

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Please see the Melbourne 2006 Media Services Operational Arrangements - Useful Information document and subsequent monthly Operational Arrangements updates, for detailed useful information.


Charmaine Dobson
General Manager, Marketing and Communications

Judy Goldman
Group Manager, Publicity and Media Communications

Michelle Coffey
Program Manager, Public Relations and Publicity

Media Services

Michelle Bartlett
Program Manager, Media Services

Michelle Simmons
Program Coordinator, Media Services
Email Michelle Simmons.

Fiona Taylor
Program Coordinator, Main Press Centre
Email Fiona Taylor.

Media Accreditation

Kate White
Coordinator, Media Accreditation
Email Kate White.

Rate Card
Email Rate Card Team

If there are any items of particular interest that you would like to see in this monthly update or for further information, please email Rebecca Kingshott.

We look forward to welcoming you to Australia, to cover the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The information obtained in this update is true and correct as at the date of publishing on
1 November 2005.

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