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Melbourne 2006 Media Services Operational Arrangements - September 2005

Welcome to the seventh 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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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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Media Accreditation is now open.

The application for accreditation process is now underway, with many organisations already provided a Games Accreditation Online account. For any media who have received these details, please note that Melbourne 2006 can receive applications from now and we strongly recommend early submission of applications.

Any media organisation who originally expressed interest and has not yet received further instructions from either Melbourne 2006 or their respective CGA, please contact Melbourne 2006 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

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Private Office Space

Space is now limited so please book your office space request within the MPC as soon as possible. Office space is available 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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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 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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Currently the Bus Operations team are scoping the requirements for Ultra Low Floor vehicles to be used by mobility impaired athletes and media. Due to the size of the Commonwealth Games transport network, the transport team will require advance notice on any media with mobility impairments. Whilst priority must be given to Elite Athletes with Disabilities, transport aims to still provide a level of service to mobility impaired media.

To assist with planning if you anticipate requiring any mobility impaired transport whilst in Melbourne covering the Games, please email requirements to Rebecca Kingshott.

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The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Sponsor Family is constantly growing and adding more value to the Games. In addition to revenue the Sponsors involvement includes organising community programs, training staff and volunteers, supplying equipment and products, managing hospitality and entertainment activities, operational and technical expertise, and promoting the Games through various PR and advertising channels.

The support of the Sponsor Family is integral in the success of the Games. They are involved in many aspects of the Games including the Queen’s Baton Relay, Volunteer Program, Ticketing, Environmental Program and various Sports.

The Melbourne 2006 Sponsor Family has numerous companies involved on Partner, Sponsor and Provider level. The current Sponsor Family includes:

  • National Australia Bank
  • VISA
  • Qantas
  • Telstra
  • Tabcorp
  • Toyota

  • Hudson
  • MLC
  • Holmesglen Institute of Tafe
  • Konica Minolta
  • Coates
  • Nestle Peters
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Australia Post
  • De Bortoli Wines
  • Cadbury Schweppes

  • Allens Arthur Robinson
  • Tower Software
  • Finsbury Green Printing
  • Accor
  • Yakka
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • Ticketmaster
  • Tork
  • Mistral
  • Schenker
  • Sleepmaker

For more information on the Melbourne 2006 Sponsor Family please visit visit the Sponsor Family page.

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Media wishing to cover the Royal Visit to Australia or other dignitaries and non-Games related activities will need to apply for a National Visits Media Card. A Melbourne 2006 Games Accreditation will not entitle you to enter venues other than Commonwealth Games venues.

Appropriate documentation needs to be completed to apply for a National Visits Media Card. View the National Visits Media Card application form


Dining in Melbourne

Melbourne has over 3,500 restaurants that offer cuisines from around the world. Explore and discover some of Melbourne’s hidden treasures. Most areas offer dining seven days a week from 6pm – 11pm. For late night dining head to Chinatown in Little Bourke Street.


Choose from Italian, Malaysian, Chinese, Greek, Indian, modern Australian and many more. Visit Melbourne’s Chinatown in Little Bourke Street for some dumplings, Lonsdale Street for a Greek souvlaki or baklava, Federation Square offers many cuisines and in the laneways and arcades you’ll find casual dining and drinking.

St Kilda

Melbourne’s bayside suburb has lots of cool bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs that range from upmarket to budget conscious. Walk along Acland St and have coffee and cake at one of the many cake shops. Head to the waterfront and enjoy dinner with a bay view.

How do you get there? Catch the 109 tram from Collins Street or tram 96 from Bourke Street.

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Melbourne’s bohemian quarter Brunswick Street is the epitome of creative cool. Great cafes and bars, some with live music and lots of restaurants make this area a colourful place for a night out.

How do you get there? Catch tram 112 from Collins Street.

Lygon St, Carlton

Lygon Street, Carlton is the Italian quarter in Melbourne. A long strip street where you can enjoy some pasta and true aromatic coffee. For something sweeter visit Brunetti’s, an Italian cake shop that offers delicious pastries.

How do you get there? Catch Tram 8 from Swanston Street.

Hardware Lane - MelbourneVictoria Street, Richmond
Known as Little Saigon, Victoria Street is home to Vietnamese restaurants and grocers. Fantastic flavours abound from the many doorways and is a great option for the budget conscious.

How do you get there? Catch the 109 tram from Collins Street.

Champions - The Australian Racing Museum

Champions a non-profit organisation is vital in preserving the heritage and creating an awareness of the racing industry in Australia. Home to the nation’s finest collection of racing memorabilia, the Australian Racing Museum immortalises some of the most significant events in our racing history.

Officially opened in 1981, under the patronage of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the Australian Racing Museum is the only museum of its kind devoted to horseracing in Australia and moved to Federation Square in 2003. The Australian Racing Museum features a changing program of innovative exhibitions and topical displays.

Australians all know that the first Tuesday in November means one thing - the Emirates Melbourne Cup, a horse race that stops a nation. The exciting Spring Racing Carnival is a great reason to shop for the most stunning outfits, after all it is Australia’s most glamorous horse racing event. Boutiques and department stores display stunning outfits and accessories, hats in particular, that will dazzle at the race track or out on the town.

Useful links:

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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 September 2005.


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