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Media Services Operational Arrangements Update - February 2006

After an epic journey through 70 Commonwealth nations, the Queen’s Baton Relay is winding its way throughout Australia en-route to the Opening Ceremony, and as such this will be our final Media Services update before the Games.

Our Media Services team are looking forward to welcoming you to Melbourne. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any last minute enquiries or preparations you may have.

See you at the Games!

Charmaine Dobson
General Manager Marketing and Communications


Accommodation – Media Hotels Filling Fast!

Media who have not yet made their accommodation bookings will need to do so within the next few weeks or it is highly likely that the dedicated Media Hotels will no longer be available. Rooms at media hotels are subject to availability and will be allocated by the Commonwealth Games Travel Office (CGTO) in order of receipt of reservations.

Online bookings are available at the Games Travel Office or alternatively, contact the CGTO on the numbers below:-

Commonwealth Games Travel Office
Tel: +61 3 9676 2439
Fax: +61 3 9645 6985

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M2006 are currently contacting media organisations who have applied for accreditation. We understand the importance of confirming accreditation so that travel arrangements can be made, and therefore ask for your cooperation when our requests are made for outstanding documentation. If a request has been made for outstanding paperwork please forward same to M2006 at your earliest possible convenience, as confirmation cannot be granted until all supporting documents are submitted.

If you have any questions, please email Kate White, M2006 Media Accreditation Coordinator or contact her on +61 3 9613 2006.

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Please be advised that opening date of the Media Centre at the Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village has changed to Monday 13th March. The closing date of Monday 27th March remains the same.


The Games News Service is the internal news agency which will collect, create and publish a range of Games-related news and data on GamesINFO.

The Games News Service will also provide a range of additional background information, such as athlete biographies, medal tallies, statistics, historical information and general Games news such as weather, transport, attendances etc.

All Games News Service articles and information are accessible electronically via GamesINFO. This system will operate on designated computer terminals located in the Main Press Centre and Venue Media Centres.

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Due to the high level of demand for certain sports and disciplines, a ticket (in addition to a Games media accreditation pass) will be required to access sessions that have a high level of demand for access.

These sessions are:
Opening Ceremony
Closing Ceremony
Cycling – Track All sessions
Swimming All sessions
Diving All sessions
Basketball – Preliminary games (Australian matches)
Basketball Finals
Netball Finals

Approved Games media accreditation is required in order to apply for a media ticket. The allocation of Rate Card facilities in the Venue Media Centre or Press Tribune does not guarantee access to a ticketed session.

Accredited media have been distributed the Media Ticket Application Form and Guidelines, if you have any questions, please contact Media Ticketing.

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Please be advised that special arrangements have been made to the Mixed Zone procedure at Rod Laver Arena the Gymnastics competition.

On completion of the competition session, non medallists will be escorted through the Mixed Zone. Medallists, however, will be escorted to the Mixed Zone for a period of 5 minutes before proceeding to a Media Conference.


Due to competition regulations, photographers covering the Squash at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre are required to wear black clothing.


Please note that final payments for Rate Card orders is now overdue. If you would like a balance of your outstanding amount or any other last minute queries or orders please email the Rate Card Team.

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To assist in your planning, the Media Transport schedule will be available on GamesINFO from the 5th March 2006.


Observation Deck

The Observation Deck at the Rialto Towers offers spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of Melbourne and surrounds. At 253 metres, it is the tallest office building in the Southern Hemisphere. As well as stunning views, see the short film ‘Melbourne and the Living City’ to get a great introduction to Melbourne and Victoria in just 20 minutes.

For further information, visit the Melbourne Observation desk website.

National Gallery of Victoria
: International

At the recently refurbished NGV International, discover artistic wonders from all over the globe and touring exhibitions by acknowledged masters. It’s a must-see destination on Victoria’s cultural landscape. The Gallery is also taking part in Melbourne Festival 2006 and will have various events running throughout the Games.

At the National Gallery of Victoria 9 Drawings for Projection brings together all of the short animated films by renowned South African artist William Kentridge. Presented in 35mm it will be accompanied by a live performance of composer Philip Miller's evocative original soundtrack.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Victoria will present a major new collaboration, titled 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth. The exhibition, juxtaposing 11 artists from across the vast range of Commonwealth nations with 11 artists from Australia, explores the theme of migration and exchange using new forms of narrative, documentary and cartography.

For further information, visit the National Gallery of Victoria website.

Tribal Expressions

Tribal Expressions is a celebration of Victoria’s Indigenous culture, showcasing the best of Victoria’s Indigenous businesses, artists and performers during the Games.

Located at The Atrium, Federation Square and venues throughout Melbourne, the showcase will feature exhibitions and performances by Koori people as well as a showcase of Indigenous businesses.

Visitors can sample bush foods, buy a range of authentic Indigenous products and artworks, enjoy traditional and contemporary Indigenous performances, and learn about Victoria’s unique Indigenous culture and history.

Bringing together over 250 people from across the state, Tribal Expressions will highlight the tremendous talents and achievements of Victoria’s Indigenous communities.

For further information, visit the Tribal Expressions website.

Busy Melbourne cafe.Coffee culture

There are thousands of cafes in the city and surrounding areas that offer all different styles of coffee, try a macchiato a black coffee with a dash of cold milk or perhaps you’d prefer to sample a latte, a creamy coffee traditionally served in a glass. The Italian immigrants introduced coffee to Melbourne in the 50s and the locals today often “meet for coffee”. Sample some of Melbourne’s loved cafes.

Brunswick Street is an amalgamation of hip, cool fashion shops and some seriously bohemian bars, cafes and clothing shops. The street offers something for everyone and is a great way to spend an afternoon just wandering around.

Marios is a Brunswick Street institution. The café buzzes night and day with the hum of the coffee machine and the constant chatter. Mario’s, as the name suggests, serves great pasta and smaller snacks. Marios doesn’t take reservations but it’s worth the wait; try the puttanesca, pasta with tomato, anchovies, olives and capers and finish it off with a short black…belissimo!

Marios Cafe
Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Other cafes try to look retro – Pellegrinis doesn’t have to try. Original fittings from when decent coffee was first introduced to Melbourne fifty years ago are still intact. Rich in atmosphere and also in food this was the first place to serve coffee to city workers. Today Pellegrinis is as popular as ever. Go there for homemade lasagne, a delicious granita or simply try their fabulous coffee. They’ve been making it for a long time and take pride in every cup. Go traditional and have a frothy cappuccino.

66 Bourke Street, City

After traipsing around Lygon Street shops why not treat yourself. Walk into Brunettis and you’ll be greeted by the aroma of fresh coffee. Everyone in Carlton knows that Brunettis makes fantastic cakes and fabulous coffee and has been doing so for years. With 12 chefs working hard and fast in the kitchens they create the many cakes that line the glass cabinets which are so tempting. Check out the coffee making area – 2 huge coffee machines churn out coffee all day long. Brunettis aims to serve great coffee and cakes in an unpretentious atmosphere. That’s what makes it so special.

194 - 204 Faraday Street, Carlton

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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.


To assist with your planning for the Games, please find below the opening and closing dates of the Venue Media Centres:

Venue Sport Open Close
Ballarat Minerdome Basketball Preliminaries 17 March 06 20 March 06
Bendigo Stadium Basketball Preliminaries 14 March 06 20 March 06
Geelongs Arena Basketball Preliminaries 18 March 06 21 March 06
Melbourne Cricket Ground Athletics and EAD Track & Field
Marathon (Start and Finish)
Opening and Closing Ceremonies
13 March 06 26 March 06
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
(Main Press Centre)
Weightlifting and EAD Powerlifting
5 March 06 29 March 06
Melbourne Gun Club Shooting Clay Target 14 March 06 25 March 06
Melbourne International Shooting Club Shooting Pistol
Shooting Small Bore Rifle
14 March 06 25 March 06
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Aquatics Diving
Aquatics Swimming
Aquatics Synchronised Swimming
EAD Aquatics Swimming
Table Tennis and EAD Table Tennis
10 March 06 26 March 06
Multi-Purpose Venue
(Melbourne Park)
Cycling Track
Basketball Finals
Netball Finals
13 March 06
21 March 06
19 March 06
26 March 06
Rod Laver Arena
(Melbourne Park)
Gymnastics Artistic
Gymnastics Rhythmic
13 March 06 26 March 06
Royal Botanic Gardens Cycling Road 24 March 06 26 March 06
State Lawn Bowls Centre Lawn Bowls 13 March 06 24 March 06
State Mountain Bike Course Cycling Mountain Bike 20 March 06 23 March 06
State Netball Hockey Centre Hockey
Netball Preliminaries
13 March 06 26 March 06
St Kilda Foreshore Cycling Time Trial
16 March 06 21 March 06
Telstra Dome
Rugby 7s
Race Walks
15 March 06
20 March 06
24 March 06
17 March 06
20 March 06
24 March 06
Traralgon Sports Stadium Basketball Preliminaries 15 March 06 17 March 06
Wellsford Rifle Range Shooting Full Bore 17 March 06 23 March 06

*This information is correct as at 1 February 2006 and is subject to change.


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

Georgina Stayches
Program Coordinator, Media Services
Email Georgina Stayches.

Media Accreditation

Kate White
Coordinator, Media Accreditation
Email Kate White.


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 Georgina Stayches.

We look forward to welcoming you to Australia, to cover the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

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