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Melbourne 2006 Media Services Operational Arrangements - July 2005

Welcome to the fifth 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 on 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 & Communications

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Accommodation – Media – 50 per cent of rooms now allocated!

Since the release of the media accommodation options in late April, 50 per cent of rooms set aside at the media hotels have been allocated. The Medina Grand Melbourne, the apartment style option, is nearing full capacity. 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 LogoApplications for Accreditation will be distributed from 10 July 2005. Please contact Kate White to establish your requirements ahead of application distribution or fax +61 3 9613 2000.

The M2006 Media Accreditation department is currently reviewing expressions of interest received to date, together with the Commonwealth Games Associations from each country.

You will be contacted in the coming weeks to establish your requirements ahead of application distribution on 10 July 2005.

All media expressions of interest should be sent to Kate White or fax +61 3 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
Applications for Accreditation forwarded by M2006 to approved Responsible Organisations (ROs) 10 July 2005
Communication between ROs and M2006’s Liaison Officers ongoing
Deadline for return of completed Application forms 7 November 2005
Media Accreditation Centre opens 1 March 2006

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Business Visitor Visa for press and photographic media and non-rights holding broadcasters

Media personnel from press and photographic organisations and non-rights holding broadcasters wishing to enter Australia for the Commonwealth Games will need to obtain a short stay Business Visitor Visa - a 456 visa (paper) or the 977 visa (electronic).

The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an electronic or invisible visa and can be applied for online and issued the same day, but it is not available for all travellers.

Only the holders of passports from the following countries are eligible for the grant of an ETA:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal , Republic of San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland Taiwan*, USA, United Kingdom - British Citizen, United Kingdom - British National (Overseas)**

*Taiwan passport holders can be processed for an ETA only if resident in, and applying from, Taiwan.
**UK passport holders whose nationality is British National (Overseas) can be processed for an ETA only if resident in, and applying from, Hong Kong SAR.
***Please be aware that Taiwanese passport holders and BNO passport holders cannot apply for an ETA online. Such passport holders must contact their closest visa office for information about how to obtain their ETA.

The department's Internet address for ETA applications is

If non-rights holding broadcasting media personnel do not hold a passport from one of the above countries or locations, they will NOT be eligible for an ETA and will need to apply for a short stay Business visa (456) at the closest Australian visa office to their place of residence. There will be an application charge for processing.

The application form 456 can be downloaded from the DIMIA website at

Details for contacting the appropriate visa office closest to the applicant's place of residence can be found on the left-hand side navigation of the Website, by highlighting "Information and contact details >> Contact us >> In Australia / Outside Australia".

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The Main Press Centre will operate from 5 March until 29 March with the hours of operation varying during this period. The Main Press Centre operating hours have been confirmed and are as follows:

Dates Opening Times
5-11 March 2006 8am to 8pm
12-26 March 2006 Start 7am - (24 hours)
27 March 2006 to 10pm
28-29 March 2006 7am to 10pm

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 will be available in the week commencing 4 July 2005.

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 the Rate Card.

If you would like to obtain a hard 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 of 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 only)
  • Traralgon Sports Stadium
  • Wellsford Rifle Range
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See the Useful information - Car rental and freight forwarding information document for detailed information.


See the Useful information - Technology and telecommunications document for detailed information.


Filming by non–rights holders of Melbourne landmarks for coverage of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games will be facilitated by the City of Melbourne Events Group.

Filming Procedure

Events Melbourne will require you to submit your main contact and crew details (including any significant infrastructure / equipment) as well as initial Risk Plan by no later than January 2006.

During the Commonwealth Games this simplified procedure will require you to contact Event Operations (during work hours) no later than 11:00am the day prior to your filming activity. You will be required to submit the location, date and time of your filming, as well as confirm your on-site contact name and number during your filming.

Filming Requirements
  • Public Liability Insurance We require a copy of your Public Liability Insurance for minimum coverage of $10million with City of Melbourne listed as the interested property.
  • Brief Overview of Filming
  • Crew Numbers
  • On-site contact and mobile number
  • Initial Risk & Safety Plan A key part of your safety plan is a risk assessment of your filming/event, to identify, analyse and assess foreseeable risks, to establish priorities for risk control and to apply cost-effective risk control measures. Council applies the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZ 4360:1999 for assessing risks associated with filming/events. Some aspects of your filming/event may present potential risks and should be given special consideration. These might include power leads, security, safety structures, pedestrian access, crowd crush etc.
  • Reserved Parking City of Melbourne will organise a number of Reserved Parking locations specifically for broadcasters’ essential vehicles during the Commonwealth Games around the City. These spaces will be strictly limited and time enforced and is managed on a first come first serve basis. Should you require additional Reserved Parking spaces for your Essential Vehicles, please let the Event Operations team know of your requirements at least 2 working days in advance.
  • Other Requirements If you wish to conduct a Morning / Breakfast Broadcast – eg. Sunrise or Today Show, your requirements may increase, such as providing infrastructure, equipment, timing, pedestrian management, security etc.
For further information please contact City of Melbourne Events via e-mail or Phone +61 3 9658 9750.


Melbourne Tourism Attractions

Crown Fireballs
On banks of the Yarra and outside Australia’s largest casino, Crown Tower’s fireballs shoot into the night sky each hour from 8pm.

Queen Victoria Markets
Australia’s largest outdoor market with over 1,000 traders selling wares from exotic Australia fruit and local gourmet foods, hardware, clothing and souvenirs.

Melbourne Observation Deck
Spectacular 360 views of Melbourne and surrounds from one of the southern hemisphere’s tallest buildings.

Melbourne Museum
Explore a rainforest. See Phar Lap. Touch a dinosaur bone. Walk onto the set of a TV show Neighbours. Live a lifetime in no time at all at Melbourne’s award winning Museum.

Melbourne Aquarium
A unique journey over four levels featuring displays of coral atolls, mangrove swamps, billabongs and a rock pool, which lead to a spectacular 2.2 million litre Oceanarium.

Block Arcade
It contains an array of the city’s most exclusive retailers offering fashion as well as jewellery and giftware, leather goods, handmade toys, lingerie, shoes and cosmetics. This arcade is listed under the protection of the National Trust.

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Melbourne’s oldest tram dating back to 1926, has been elegantly refurbished in Pullman style décor to become the world’s first mobile tramcar restaurant.

City of Melbourne

Corner of Swanston and Flinders Street
Ideal for tram shots and Flinders Street Station. The gold and burgundy City Circle Trams pass every 10 minutes.

Top End of Collins Street
Historic building – Windsor Hotel, Parliament and Treasury Buildings and City Circle Tram shots.

Chinatown, Little Bourke Street
Melbourne’s Chinese precinct featuring Chinese restaurants, grocery stores, shops and the Chinese Museum.

Princes Bridge
Great for city shots and Federation Square.

Federation Square
Federation Square is one of the most complex and ambitious design and construction projects ever undertaken in Australia. It involved the development of an entire city block in the centre of Melbourne to create a civic square combining restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries, cinemas a 450 seat amphitheatre and an information centre.

Restaurants, cafes, city views, boats on the Yarra River and the river promenade.

City of Port Phillip

St Kilda
A thriving and colourful suburb on Port Phillip Bay with views of the city skyline and across the bay. A beachside promenade featuring rollerbladers, cyclists and walkers. Fitzroy Street and Acland Street offer side-by-side restaurants, cafes and cake shops. A street market operates on Sunday on the Esplanade.

City of Yarra

Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Capture Melbourne’s bohemian life in this precinct of street cafes, restaurants and alternative arty clothes and gift shops.

City of Stonnington

Chapel Street, South Yarra
The hub of Australia designer fashion – daring, cheeky, youthful, chic and hip.

Regional Victoria

Great Ocean Road (Twelve Apostles)
Wild weather has carved huge rock sculptures from the soft, sheer limestone cliffs leaving a series of stacks and formations. These unique structures are world-recognised icons, synonymous with the Great Ocean Road.

Sovereign Hill (Ballarat)
Experience Australia’s exciting goldrush era at the historical outdoor theme park of Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. Built on a site linked with the richest alluvial goldrush in the world, it faithfully depicts Ballarat’s first 10 years after the discovery of gold in 1851. Take an underground mine tour or ran for real gold. At nearby Ballarat Wildlife Park visitors can hold a koala or hand-feed the kangaroos.

Phillip Island
Here, you can see penguins, seals and koalas in their natural habitats, explore heritage and natural attractions or soak-up the scenic coastline. In October, Phillip Island switches gear for the MotoGP.

Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula curves southwards from Melbourne around Port Phillip Bay. The Mornington Peninsula is a scenic resort region, rich in wineries, golf courses, restaurants and art galleries.

Yarra Valley (Domaine Chandon)
There are more than 30 wineries offering wine tastings and cellar door sales. The local orchards, farms and speciality shops offer the freshest local produce, and all about half an hour from Melbourne.

Legends, Wine and High Country
Scenery, outdoor adventure and a colourful social heritage certainly make the High Country appealing. However, it is the region’s gastronomic attractions such as wineries, gourmet food producers, eateries, fresh produce and fine food outlets that make it irresistible.

The Grampians
Woodland walks lead to waterfalls and lakes, where unique wildflowers bloom and rugged rock formations dominate the skyline. Must see attractions include Reeds and Boroka Lookouts and MacKenzie Falls.

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Great Ocean Road

Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city and has a lovely waterfront area with restaurants, landscaped gardens and cycling paths. Under an hour from Melbourne this city will host the men and women’s preliminary Basketball games during the Games.

Geelong is home to the National Wool Museum which is Australia's only comprehensive museum of wool, showcasing wool's enduring impact on Australia’s social and economic life. The museum explores the industry and tells the stories of farmers and shearers alike.

Midway between Melbourne and Geelong is Avalon airport, just 15 minutes from Geelong. Jetstar, one of Australia’s new budget airlines, flies from here to Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. Geelong is a great starting point for touring the Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road hugs the contours of Victoria’s rugged south-west coast, taking visitors on one of Australia’s most inspiring coastal drives. From Torquay, near Geelong, to Nelson almost 300 kilometres to the west, the road snakes past cliffs, scenic lookouts, waterfalls, rainforests and historic shipwrecks.

One of the most visited stretches of road is the Port Campbell National Park, buffeted by wild seas and fierce winds, the coastline has been sculpted over millions of years to form a series of striking natural features. Wander the boardwalks and paths at the Twelve Apostles, and be amazed by these remarkable limestone rock stacks rising from the ocean. Then travel on to beautiful Port Fairy. The town has retained much of its colonial architecture, providing visitors with a fascinating insight into the history of one of Victoria's earliest ports. As you drive into this charming Shipwreck Coast town, the number and variety of historic buildings is strikingly evident. The township has a sheltered harbour, excellent wharf walk and fishing fleet, which keeps the town supplied with fresh seafood daily.

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Shopping – Melbourne Style

Whether it's shopping for unique fashion, wining and dining, enjoying a coffee or finding that something special, Melbourne is a shopping haven. Melbourne’s flirtation with fashion began amid the thriving drapery, millinery and tailoring businesses established by European migrants in the mid 1800s and boosted by the gold rush boom. This has culminated in a passionate love for beautiful things that is reflected in what has been described as the “intelligent fashion” that marks Melbourne.

Bourke Street Mall
This short, pedestrian and tram strip in the central business district (CBD) between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets is recognised as Melbourne’s shopping heart and is always pulsating with shoppers, buskers and city workers. It is where you’ll find Melbourne’s two big department stores, David Jones and Myer.

The historic and heritage-listed Melbourne General Post Office (GPO) has officially reopened as a fashion, food and shopping precinct of unrivalled sophistication. Covering an entire city block, the breathtaking $95 million transformation contains more than 60 stores, including some of Australia's best names in fashion and a range of successful, contemporary international brands. Retailers and brands have been carefully selected by the developers to ensure the ultimate shopping experience.

Laneways and Arcades
Melbourne’s historic network of laneways and arcades boasts the singular, the exotic and the quirky. The exquisite 19th century Block Arcade (between Collins and Elizabeth Streets, built in 1891) is the undeniable crowning glory boasting imported Italian mosaic floors, glazed ceilings supported by elaborate iron-lace columns, and octagonal glass domes. The Manchester Unity Arcade (Swanston and Collins Street corner) features more art deco mosaic floors and copper-detailed shop fronts, while Melbourne’s oldest arcade, Royal Arcade (between Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street), is home to two folklore giants of the ancient Britons, who strike the hour and it houses a delightful mix of small shops selling everything from Russian dolls to lollipops.

Little Collins Street
This wonderful street has in recent years become the place for discerning shoppers. The fun starts near Russell Street, where an old telephone exchange building has been converted into fabulous apartments and shops. It continues between Russell and Swanston streets, which is pretty much wall-to-wall cool men’s and women’s fashion like Mecca Cosmetica, Roy and Calibre and it keeps up the hip pace between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, which has some excellent shoe stores and locally designed fashion including the slick and sexy Scanlan and Theodore.

Flinders Lane
This narrow street, once the centre of the city’s rag trade, has become a shopping destination for the hip and happening. Fashionistas should take note of distinctly Melbourne boutiques like Christine (selling fashion and accessories from the eccentric to the exquisite) and Alice Euphemia (experimental designs by young and emerging designers). Also on the must-visit list should be Cathedral Arcade (edgy fashion), Port Phillip Arcade (selling everything from old coins to hand-knitted beanies) and Centre Place (boutiques amid cool cafes). Also pop into Craft Victoria and the Aboriginal Gallery of Australia at number 31. The gallery and store exhibit work of Victoria’s finest craftspeople.

Discover QV, a new inner city laneway precinct featuring a dynamic mix of high end fashion and lifestyle retailers for the truly fashion obsessed. The precinct has a European style piazza with cafes, restaurants and bars spilling tables and chairs from laneways and shop fronts to rest weary feet after shopping. QV has secured both national and international names to join Melbourne’s latest fashion landmark Albert Coates Lane. Boutiques range from Mango, Christensen Copenhagen, Nicola Finetti, Third Millennium, Alberto Piazza, Novo, Paablo Nevada and Wayne Cooper. Running east from Swanston Street, Albert Coates Lane is above the intersection with Lonsdale Street and tucked in behind is Red Cape Lane, a youth oriented laneway focussing on street culture, sport and surf.

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Daylight Saving (Summer Time) Changes

The State Government of Victoria will extend the Daylight saving (Summer Time) period by one week in 2006. This means that daylight saving will no longer end on the final day of competition (26 March, 2006) instead the end of daylight saving will now take place a week later on 2 April 2006, where clocks will be moved back 1 hour to Local Standard Time.

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 Issues

Michelle Coffey
Program Manager, Public Relations and Publicity
Email Michelle Coffey.


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.

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 July 2005.

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