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Melbourne 2006 Media Services Operational Arrangements - October 2005

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

Spring in Melbourne marks the start of the Spring Racing Carnival including the internationally celebrated Melbourne Cup in November.

With the Queen’s Baton marking the 6 months to go milestone in India on 15 September, celebrations for the Games continue across the Commonwealth. The success of this international journey to date ensures Melbourne is well placed to deliver a truly great Commonwealth Games.

At Games Headquarters, our professional Media Services and Publicity teams look forward to 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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Media Accreditation - Applications for media accreditation must be coordinated and submitted prior to 7 November 2005.

Rate Card Orders Due by October 14 2005.


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) 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.

Online bookings are available at: the Commonwealth Games Travel Office, or alternatively, contact the CGTO:

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

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Applications for media accreditation must be coordinated and submitted prior to 7 November 2005 deadline.

If you have been set up with a Games Accreditation Online account, please submit your applications as soon as possible so that we can confirm your details prior to the post deadline review.

Any media organisations who originally expressed interest and have not yet received further instruction from either M2006 or their respective CGA, please email the M2006 Media Accreditation Coordinator, Kate White. We will endeavour to reply regarding the status of your application as soon as possible, and thank you for your patience.

All queries or new organisations seeking accreditation can be directed to Kate White via the above email address.

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

Reminder: 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.

ETA applications can be lodged through The Electronic Travel Authority Website

If non broadcasting rights holding 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.

To apply for a short-stay Business via, you will need to download the Adobe Acrobat PDF application form (456) from The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Website.

Details for contacting the appropriate visa office closest to the applicant's place of residence can be found by visiting The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Website.

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All elevated positions, motorbikes and trucks are regarded as Pool Photo Positions. Access to these positions is limited and at the discretion of Melbourne 2006 Media Services staff.

A photographer wishing to access any of the designated positions during the Commonwealth Games must sign an “Acknowledgement Form” which outlines the terms and conditions of access. Melbourne 2006 will also require evidence in the form of a letter written in English, from the photographer’s or agency’s insurer or insurance broker confirming that they have, or are covered by, public liability insurance covering his or her actions of AUD$10m per claim, during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Photographers will also be required to produce evidence of personal accident insurance and/or workers compensation cover. Both of these policies should include accessing Catwalks, Gantries or Lighting Towers, riding as a pillion passenger on a motorbike or the rear of a flatbed truck.

Some venues will require photographers to wear a harness and complete the venue training on harness use as well as being accompanied but a trained staff member while at an elevated position.

All required forms will be issued by Media Services once accreditation has been confirmed. If you have any further enquiries regrading the special requirements for Pool Photo positions, please email Rebecca Kingshott.


Rate Card Orders Due by October 14 2005.

The Final Rate Card Catalogue is now available. Please ensure you have an updated copy if you received a copy of the Preliminary Rate Card in April, as there are variances between the two documents.

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 email the Rate Card team, or fax +613 9613 2000 with your details so a copy can be posted to you.

For further information on the Rate Card please email the Rate Card team.

Unfortunately Mobile telephone Pre-paid Recharge Cards will not be available via Vending machines. They will however be sold by the Telstra retail outlet in the Main Press Centre. Additionally they are available at a variety of retail shops and Telstra outlets in the community.

For further information, visit the Telstra Website.

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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

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 emailed 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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Melbourne’s Museums

Victoria boasts an exceptional collection of museums, many hosting national displays or curating world-renowned exhibits.

Immigration Museum
Located in the Old Customs House in the heart of the city, the Immigration Museum explores stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Victoria from the 1800s through to the present day. Stories are brought to life through moving images, computer inter-actives, voices, memories and belongings. The result is an entertaining experience that engages the senses.

Melbourne MuseumMelbourne Museum
Explore a rainforest. See Phar Lap. Touch a dinosaur bone. Melbourne’s award-winning museum is situated in Carlton Gardens next to the historic World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. Melbourne Museum is an exciting and innovative attraction – including permanent and touring exhibitions, dynamic performances and events, cafés, IMAX Theatre and gift shop. Melbourne Museum will celebrate the Commonwealth Games as part of Festival Melbourne and will have an exhibition on during that time that will celebrate the diversity of the Commonwealth.

Through hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, tours, activities and shows, you'll find science has never been quite this much fun. You can have fun exploring the mysteries of science and technology. It's a great value day out for curious minds and active bodies. A great activity for children under 15 and big kids too.

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Bars in the city

Explore Melbourne’s many laneways and arcades by night and you’ll find hidden venues that serve up whatever your taste buds desire as well as the sounds of live rock bands and intimate jazz duos. Here's a selection of the coolest bars in town:

Meyers Place
A small local institution with a groovy interior and a basic drinks list that keeps the crowds coming and has done for over 10 years.

20 Meyers Place
Tel: (03) 9650 8609

Double Happiness
Inside is a Chinese feel, interpreted in a Melbournian style. There are some great Chinese propaganda style pictures on the wall, the sort that wouldn't look out of place in North Korea and some interesting cocktails are on offer.

21 Liverpool Street
Tel: (03) 9650 4488

This new comer to the Melbourne bar scene is proving a hit with the downstairs area offering tapas and upstairs there’s a lounge area with table service and great cocktails.

6 Melbourne Place
Tel: (03) 9663 1983

The Long Room
A melting pot of ideas and themes this bar offers a lot in a large space. To the right is a straight-up sushi bar and private rooms. There are private lounge areas with scattered cushions and the whole place has a shag-a-delic feel to it or if you want to mingle join the throngs near the bar.

Basement, Georges Building
162-168 Collins St
Tel: (03) 9663 7226

Three Below
The fit out for this place is hip and happenin' place. Located in the City Square it’s a dark and intimate space with lots of stained glass, a great hide away that is perfect for a quiet drink.

Ground Floor
44-86 Swanston St (City Square)
Tel: (03) 9662 9555

Useful Links

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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

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.

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

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