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Melbourne 2006 Media Services Operational Arrangements - June 2005

Welcome to the fourth 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.

With best wishes,

Charmaine Dobson
General Manager, Marketing & Communications

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Since the release of the media accommodation options late April, many media organisations have confirmed their accommodation at the designated media hotels. Prices start from AUD$103 per room per night for budget accommodation, and AUD$269 per room per night for superior style accommodation. Apartment options are also available. 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's Media Accomodation section or alternatively, contact the CGTO on the numbers below:

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

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Expressions of Interest from Media to cover the Games
Expressions of interest are being accepted from all press and photographic media and non-rights holding broadcasters. You must include in a fax or email:
  • Organisation Name
  • Organisation Address
  • Organisation Point of Contact
  • Point of Contact Details (phone, e-mail address)
For all media expressions of interest the above should be emailed 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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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 20m2.

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

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If you would like to obtain a copy of the Rate Card please email us or fax +61 3 9613 2000 with your details so a copy can be emailed or posted to you. Emailed copies will be in a PDF format.

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.

For further information on 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 1 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 list below. To gauge the level of interest we are asking for expressions of interest to be emailed to Rebecca Kingshott advising the anticipated number of space at each venue you may require.

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

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Mornington Peninsula
Dotted with seaside towns and terrific wineries the Mornington Peninsula is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. On the bay side of the Peninsula, visit stylish Sorrento with its fine nineteenth-century buildings and many excellent eateries, boutiques and galleries. Alternatively head inland and explore the abundance of vineyards and orchards within the rolling hills of Red Hill and Main Ridge or head to Arthurs Seat, the Peninsula’s highest viewpoint and take in panoramic views across the bay towards Melbourne.

Victoria is dotted with wineries and terrific seaside townsIn Red Hill there are plenty of wineries and local produce outlets to visit. Montalto winery has an award winning restaurant that uses local produce and vegetables grown on the property. Perhaps have a picnic on the property with a delicious basket of goodies from the restaurant and sit back and sip a glass of wine whilst you enjoy the surrounding country side. For strawberry lovers you can’t go past the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm. Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea of scones with jam and cream and pick some strawberries to take home. Sunny Ridge also produces desserts, wine and homemade ice-cream. For something more savoury head to Red Hill Cheesery, they produce distinctive, handcrafted regional cheeses to complement local wines.

The Peninsula boasts 22 golf courses with the numerous championship courses on offer, including The National, Moonah Links, The Dunes and Portsea. These courses contrast beautifully with the sand-belt because of the coastal links style. Moonah Links also has a Peppers Hotel on site with 60 rooms that boasts fantastic facilities. After playing the two 18-hole championship golf courses enjoy a glass of local wine or perhaps relax in the day spa on site.

Useful websites:


Marketing & Communications

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.

Media Services

Michelle Bartlett
Program Manager, Media Services
Email Michelle Bartlett.

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 June 2005.

Useful Websites
This Website is closed and for reference purposes only. To guarantee the stability of Games data, all external links are being removed.

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