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Road Events frequently asked questions

How do I buy tickets?

All Road Events are free to the public - except for the start and finish of the Marathon, which takes place inside the MCG. Tickets for the start and finish of the Marathon, if still available, must be purchased as part of the athletics program at the MCG.

Access

I live or work on the event course, how will I get in and out of my house or business or work?

Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties at all times – it is only vehicle access that is being restricted and only for designated periods. Detailed planning for traffic and event operations for each Road Event is continuing. In the lead-up to the Games specific information for local neighbourhoods will be provided to you directly (if you have received a Road Events in Your Community booklet) or you will be able to get the latest news on the Internet, through a dedicated Information Line and via local newspapers.

I live near the event course, how will temporary arrangements affect me?

Generally the temporary arrangements will cause minimal disruption to your normal routine. You’ll still have vehicle and pedestrian access to your property. Access to some of the roads you would otherwise regularly use might be altered but detours will generally be in place. Detailed planning for traffic/event operations for each Road Event is continuing. In the lead-up to the Games specific information for local neighbourhoods will be provided to you directly (if you have received a Road Events in Your Community booklet) or you will be able to get the latest news on the Internet, through a dedicated Information Line and via local newspapers.

I live near the course and it looks like the course has me surrounded?

Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties at all times. However, for some events there are ‘pockets’ that are not located on the course but are surrounded by the course – the impact on these properties is the same as for those on the course. Further consultation with authorities will be undertaken to ensure event arrangements minimise impacts on businesses and residents. In the lead-up to the Games specific information for local neighbourhoods will be provided to you directly (if you have received a Road Events in Your Community booklet) or you will be able to get the latest news on the Internet, through a dedicated Information Line and via local newspapers.

How will other people, like unexpected visitors or my relatives, get into and out of my house?

Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties at all times – it is only vehicle access that is being restricted. With ample advance notice being provided, you and your visitors may need to plan certain activities around the temporary arrangements that will be put in place.

What happens if there is an emergency and I need police, fire brigade or ambulance?

Emergency services access will be maintained at all times.

If a water pipe bursts, or any other tradesman or service provider needs to access my house planned or unplanned, will they be able to get access to my house?

Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties at all times. Tradespeople and service providers (plumbers, builders, renovators etc) will park where permitted and access the property as usual. With ample advance notice being provided, you may need to plan certain activities around the temporary arrangements that will be put in place.

I am a shift worker and I finish work in the middle of the night. Will I be able to get to my house?

Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties at all times. Each Road Event is different and temporary changes to access and parking will vary accordingly. Details will be on the Internet as they become available and will be communicated directly (if you have received a Road Events in Your Community booklet) in early 2006. With ample advance notice being provided, you may need to plan certain activities around the temporary arrangements that will be put in place.

My supermarket or shop or retail outlet is on the other side of the road, how will I get there?

With ample advance notice being provided, you may need to plan certain activities around the temporary arrangements that will be put in place.

I have plans to be moving house or office that day or weekend – will the moving van be able to park at the front of my premises?

No vehicles will be allowed to park on the course during any road event or familiarisation session. With ample advance notice being provided, you may need to plan certain activities around the temporary arrangements that will be put in place.

Will anybody associated with the Commonwealth Games need access to my property?

It is unlikely that anybody associated with the Commonwealth Games will need any access to your property. In the unlikely event that access is required your permission will be requested in advance.

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Parking

Why can’t I park on the course?

Vehicle access and parking restrictions are necessary for the safety of all participants in the event. The course must be clear for the event and any familiarisation sessions that take place. To allow safe access for everyone, pathways and nature strips also need to remain clear at all times (this includes rubbish bins, skips, cars etc.)

Can I make my own arrangements with my car or do I have to park where you tell me?

You are more than welcome to make your own arrangements to park your car provided that these arrangements do not contravene any parking restrictions. Consider that there may be some temporary changes to normal parking conditions for the Games and areas that may normally be available may be restricted or have reduced time restrictions.

I have a waste skip permanently at the front of my business and it is cleared daily. When will the street need to be cleared?

The requirement is for the course to be clear for the signed periods. ‘Skips’ and any other potential obstructions, just like cars, will have to be removed from the course.

I have off-street parking – what does this mean for me?

Use of off-street parking is encouraged but if you access this parking from the course, you will need to be aware of access restrictions that will be in place.

Can I get an exemption from parking restrictions?

Temporary parking and access restrictions must be observed. There can be no exemptions to restrictions.

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Municipal services

My rubbish is collected that day – do I still put my bins out? When will they collect the rubbish?

If a Road Event coincides with a local service, such as rubbish collection, your council will inform you how your service will be managed.

Will I get my Meals on Wheels?

The Victorian Government is liaising with local councils regarding this and similar services and you will be informed how this service will be managed.

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Traffic management

When will traffic operations arrangements be put in place?

Detailed planning for traffic and event operations for each Road Event is continuing. The Organising Committee (Melbourne 2006) and the Victorian Government are working in full consultation with authorities including local councils, VicRoads, and the Victoria Police to finalise event arrangements. In the lead-up to the Games specific information for local neighbourhoods will be provided to you directly (if you have received a Road Events in Your Community booklet) or you will be able to get the latest news on the Internet, through a dedicated Information Line and via local newspapers. This information is designed to help you understand the arrangements required to conduct the Road Events and to help you plan how to minimise disruption to your daily routine at Games-time.

When will traffic operations arrangements be removed?

Detailed planning for traffic and event operations for each Road Event is continuing. However, temporary parking and access arrangements will be lifted as soon as possible following the completion of competition but times will vary depending on location and the quantity of equipment that needs to be removed.

Why will cars be towed away?

It is a requirement that the course be clear of all vehicles to ensure a safe field of play for competitors. There can be no exceptions. Therefore any vehicles left on the course after signed restrictions commence will be towed away.

Where will my car be taken if I forget or I am unable to remove it from the course?

Parking restrictions during Road Events will be enforced similar to leaving your car parked on a clearway – the offending vehicle will be removed to an alternate safe location. In the lead-up to the Games specific information for local neighbourhoods will be provided to you directly (if you have received a Road Events in Your Community booklet) or you will be able to get the latest news on the Internet, through a dedicated Information Line and via local newspapers.

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Other

Are there security aspects to being on the route – things I should be aware of?

Victoria Police and contracted security staff will be present along the course and among spectators for all Road Events.

What if my gas metre (or other utility) is meant to be read that day?

The utility companies, Australia Post and other similar parties are being advised of the events and will manage issues accordingly.

Can’t the event be held on another day?

Road Event courses and the competition schedule cannot be changed. The course for each event has been chosen on the basis of technical merit, the challenges it provides competitors and to showcase Melbourne to the world. Road Events have been scheduled to minimise impact on peak traffic periods and complement the overall scheduling of Games events.

If I live on the course, what will I actually see happening in my street?

Early in the morning of the event (including Familiarisation Sessions), workers will start closing roads to allow for the installation of any event-related equipment. Equipment will be unloaded from trucks and Games staff will ensure its correct placement.

During the event you can expect to see some of the Commonwealth’s elite athletes, lead vehicles, athlete support vehicles, motorcycles assisting with the television broadcast, police escorts, race officials, race marshals, Commonwealth Games volunteers, spectators and security officers.

Why are there Familiarisation Sessions and what road closures will be in place for them?

For some events, there is a requirement that athletes become familiar with the course before the event. The course will need to be established prior to the Familiarisation Session. The duration of road closures for these sessions will be much shorter than for race day. Road closures for Familiarisation Sessions will be kept to the absolute minimum required for the safety of the athletes.

My Royal District Nurse visits on that day?

The Victorian Government will be liaising with service providers, such as the Royal District Nursing Service, and your service provider will inform you how your service will be managed.

Where can I get more information?

On the Web at www.mebourne2006.com.au or from the Commonwealth Games Information Line on 9655 2006.

In addition:

Over the coming weeks a series of forums will be held to outline arrangements for Road Events, along with information businesses need to be aware of to plan for the events. We are prepared to work with businesses to identify solutions to operational requirements where possible. Date, location and registration arrangements will be announced closer to the event.

Later this year, a series of Business Ready forums will provide businesses with the information they need to prepare for the Games to make the most of the opportunities as well as plan for any impacts. To register for information on the forums email the Business Ready program.

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