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Melbourne 2006 Media Services Operational Arrangements - August 2005

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

As the Queen’s Baton Relay winds its way around the Commonwealth en route to the Opening Ceremony, we’re reminded of the great support already offered to us by the media. The world’s longest and most inclusive relay is being beautifully captured by both international and domestic media. We hope that this early ‘colour’ opportunity demonstrates how significant our commitment is to all media.

Our professional support teams from across the organisation are available to assist you now to ensure your planning continues to run smoothly. We hope you can join us to cover all aspects of the games.

Once again, thank you for your support to date and we look forward to your coverage of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and in welcoming you to Melbourne, the world’s most livable city.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the team, listed below, for answers to your operational and editorial questions.

Charmaine Dobson
General Manager, Marketing and Communications

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Accommodation – Media
The Commonwealth Games Travel Office (CGTO) urges all media to secure their accommodation as soon as practicable – rooms at media hotels are subject to availability and will be allocated by the CGTO in order of receipt of reservations.

Online bookings are available at the CGTO or alternatively, contact the CGTO on the numbers below:

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

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Information iconMedia Accreditation is now open.

The M2006 Media Accreditation department has made contact with media organisations to establish preliminary requirements and initiate the application process.

Please be aware that if you have expressed interest, this has been registered and you will be contacted in due course. Should you receive any communication from either M2006 or your respective CGA, please follow the instructions and/or provide the necessary information as soon as possible.

Any queries should be sent to Kate White or fax +613 9613 2000.

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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Private Office Space

The Rate Card team encourages you to respond quickly to book your office space within the MPC for your preferred location. The office space is in modules of 20m square.

Expressions of Interest can be sent to Fiona Taylor advising the anticipated number of offices you may require.

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The final Rate Card catalogue is now available.

The Rate Card Catalogue includes a list of the products and services available for rent or purchase, including consumables, during the Games and is also a comprehensive guide of the M2006 Procurement department’s policies and procedures for ordering electronically and manually, and conditions associated with rate card.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the Rate Card please contact us or fax +613 9613 2000 with your details so a copy can be posted to you.

For further information on the Rate Card email us.

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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Car Parking Expressions of Interest

Car parking will be available via the Rate Card at the venues in the table below. To gauge the level of interest we are asking for expressions of interest to be sent to Rebecca Kingshott advising the anticipated number of spaces at each venue you may require.

  • Main Press Centre - Melbourne Exhibition Centre
  • Ballarat Minerdome Basketball Stadium
  • Bendigo Stadium
  • Geelong Arena
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre
  • Melbourne Gun Club
  • Melbourne International Shooting Club
  • Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • Multi Purpose Venue, Olympic Park
  • Rod Laver Arena
  • State Lawn Bowls Centre
  • State Netball and Hockey Centre
  • Telstra Dome (Rugby)
  • Traralgon Sports Stadium
  • Wellsford Rifle Range
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The table below outlines the different CATV Services provided in each Venue Media Centre at Games time.

Venue CATV Service Provided
BBA - Ballarat Minerdome No CATV Provided
BBE - Bendigo Stadium Local Feed
BGE - Geelong Arena No CATV Provided
BOT - Royal Botanic Gardens Circuit Local Feed
BTR - Traralgon Sports Stadium No CATV Provide
CGV - Commonwealth Games Village Multi-channel and All FTA on Multi-channel
DOW - Docklands Precinct Local Feed
MPC - Main Press Centre Multi-channel
GCL - Melbourne Gun Club (Lilydale) Local Feed
ISC - Melbourne International Shooting Club No CATV Provided
MCG - Melbourne Cricket Ground Multi - channel
MPV - Multi Purpose Venue Multi - channel
RLA - Rod Laver Arena Multi - channel
MSAC - Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Multi - channel
SNH - State Netball Hockey Centre Local Feed/s
SLB - State Lawn Bowls Centre Local Feed
SMB - State Mountain Bike Course Local Feed
STK - St Kilda Foreshore Local Feed
WRR - Wellsford Rifle Range No CATV Provided

Multi-channel – Feed from all competition venues
All FTA on Multi-channel – Feed from all competition venues including available free to air channels
Local Feed/s – Local feed from specific competition venue

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Media transport will be provided for all accredited media to all competition venues and media hotels throughout the Games. Travel to each venue will be via a dedicated media bus service. All media will also have access to free public transport.

To assist with your operational planning the table below depicts the approximate travel time (via media bus transport) to each competition venue from the Main Press Centre (MPC).

From Main Press Centre (MPC) to: Sport Travelling Time (Approximate)
BBA - Ballarat Minerdome Basketball 1 hour 30 minutes
BBE - Bendigo Stadium Basketball 2 hour 25 minutes
BGE - Geelong Arena Basketball
1 hour
BRC - Beach Road Cycling Cycling - Time Trial 20 minutes
BTR - Traralgon Sports Stadium Basketball 3 hours
BOT - Royal Botanic Gardens Circuit Cycling 10 minutes
CVG - Commonwealth Games Village - 35 minutes
EXC - Melbourne Exhibition Centre Badminton 0 minutes - located in same building as MPC
EXC - Melbourne Exhibition Centre Weightlifting 0 minutes - located in same building as MPC
EXC - Melbourne Exhibition Centre Boxing 0 minutes - located in same building as MPC
DOW - Docklands Precinct Walks 12 minutes
GCL - Melbourne Gun Club (Lilydale) Shooting Clay Target 1 hour 5 minutes
ISC - Melbourne International Shooting Club Shooting Pistol 15 minutes
ISC - Melbourne International Shooting Club Shooting Small Bore 15 minutes
MCG - Melbourne Cricket Ground Athletics 15 minutes
MPV - Multi Purpose Venue Basketball 15 minutes
MPV - Multi Purpose Venue Cycling - Velodrome 15 minutes
MPV - Multi Purpose Venue Netball 15 minutes
RLA - Rod Laver Arena Gymnastics 15 minutes
SAC - Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Aquatics - Diving 15 minutes
SAC - Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Aquatics - Swimming 15 minutes
SAC - Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Aquatics - Synchronised Swimming 15 minutes
SAC - Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Squash 15 minutes
SAC - Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Table Tennis 15 minutes
SNH - State Netball Hockey Centre Hockey 35 minutes
SNH - State Netball Hockey Centre Netball 35 minutes
SLB - State Lawn Bowls Centre Lawn Bowls 45 minutes
SMB - State Mountain Bike Course Cycling 1 hour
STK - St Kilda Foreshore Triathlon 20 minutes
TEL - Telstra Dome Rugby 7s 12 minutes
WRR - Wellsford Rifle Range Shooting Full Bore 2 hour 10 minutes

Please note: Timings are approximate only. Games time traffic conditions and treatment, security checks and final routes will impact significantly on these route timing estimations. Updates to this information will be supplied as it becomes available.

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At an event the size of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the crucial success of the event. The Games has had on overwhelming response to the call for volunteers, ensuring that positions will be filled by highly motivated and enthusiastic people from all walks of life. These volunteers will assist across the Games in a wide range of roles.

The Games will have dedicated Media Support Volunteers providing services to assist accredited media at the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the Venue Media Centres in all competition venues. Media Support roles include positions such as Media Assistants, Tribune Supervisors and Assistants, Mixed Zone Assistants and Photo Assistants. Many of the Media Services Volunteers have previous experience within the journalism, copywriting, marketing, and media fields. All Media Services Volunteers will be lead by an experienced Media Services team.

All Media Services staff working at the Games are here to assist you and to make your job as easy as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance from any one of our staff during your time at the Games.


Daylesford CafeMacedon Ranges and Spa Country

For over 150 years, people have been drawn to the health-giving qualities of natural mineral springs that bubble up around the towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, one and a half hours from Melbourne. The region boasts Australia’s largest concentration of mineral springs. More than 70 springs can be found here, each with their own distinctive flavour. Indulge in a relaxing spa, followed with a massage to revitalise your body. Then stay in boutique accommodation – such as a heritage guest house, bed & breakfast, country home or lakeside property.

State of the art relaxation awaits in Daylesford and its twin town Hepburn Springs. Renowned as the spa capital of Australia, nowhere else in the country has a higher concentration of naturally occurring mineral springs. Visitors are rediscovering the wondrous healing properties of the area’s spa waters. Spa resorts abound so whether you want to be wrapped in mud, pummelled by a skilled masseuse or treated to a range of beauty therapies, you’re sure to find it here. Just as soothing are the surroundings: sweeping bush country and gently rising mountains providing a calm backdrop to your relaxation getaway.

Lake House Hotel, on the banks of Lake Daylesford, offers rooms with water views and an award-winning restaurant. The Lake House also has a lovely new day spa, Salus, with tree top treatment rooms. Peppers Springs Retreat, built in 1935, has a main building that has been beautifully restored, combining the character of the art deco building with contemporary decor using rich colours. Accommodation comprises a choice of 25 stylish rooms and spa suites and it also has a luxurious day spa that offers a variety of treatments from massages to facials.

For more casual dining head into town and visit the stylish Frangos and Frangos, sit back by the open fire and enjoy one of their mouth watering pizzas and a glass of local wine. Cliffy's combines a fantastic café and larder in a lovely old shop front with an eclectic interior with scattered cushions and lots of colours. Homemade cakes and cookies on display are tempting enough to entice some time to spend idle and read a magazine.

If you’re feeling like a bit of culture then head to the Convent Gallery, an old convent that has been transformed into an art gallery, café and bar. The grounds provide a peaceful retreat and an afternoon can be spent wandering around enjoying the local artisans' creative pieces. Lavandula Lavender Farm are growers of premium lavender, oils and grapes. On site there is a café that serves delicious lavender scones and tea. Set beside a bubbling creek among hills, farmland and forest, the lavender fields are neatly patterned, and matched with herb, cottage and potage gardens and provide a picturesque backdrop.

After all the grazing you may feel the need to do some gentle exercise. Take to one of the many walking tracks around the area and discover some beautiful Australian bush. Walking around Lake Daylesford you can take some bottles and fill them up with your own mineral water from one of the pumps. Daylesford also has a wonderful collection of book, antique and aromatherapy shops. Don’t miss the Lake Daylesford Book Barn and the Avant Garden Bookshop and enjoy some browsing.

Daylesford was recently listed as one of the world’s ‘funkiest towns’ by the British Airways magazine High Life. The magazine praised Daylesford for its mineral springs, fantastic café scene and its friendly nature towards visitors. Check it out for yourself.


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


Marketing and Communications

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

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 August 2005.


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