Games Preparations and Uniform Accreditation Centre Reach Major Milestone
This milestone marks the half-way mark for the distribution of uniforms to the entire Games Workforce which includes the up to 15,000 Volunteers, paid staff from Melbourne 2006 and the Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination, Technical Officials, contractors and existing venue staff.
Australian Opals Basketball Captain Lauren Jackson, along with Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games CEO John Harnden and Managing Director of Australia Post, Graeme John were also on hand to officially launch the UAC.
Situated in the Australia Post Melbourne Mail Centre, the UAC is open 6 days per week and provides up to 550 people per day with their Workforce uniforms and accreditation passes.
The venue will play an integral role in the huge logistical operation of providing 18,000 people with their Workforce uniform, 30,000 people with accreditation and distributing over 250,000 items in total in the lead up to the Games.
Upon taking receipt of the 9,000th uniform, Commonwealth Games Minister Justin Madden reported that everything is well on track in the lead up to the Games.
“With just one month until the Opening Ceremony, I am happy to report we are well on track to successfully deliver the biggest sporting and cultural event Melbourne has ever hosted,” Mr Madden said.
“To date, almost one million Games tickets have been sold to the general public alone, the Australian Commonwealth Games Team is finalised, and the River Event and Opening and Closing Ceremonies are shaping up to be truly spectacular.
“In addition the Games will be much more than just a sporting event, the biggest cultural and arts program Australia has ever hosted – Festival Melbourne2006 – will run concurrently with the Games, with performers from across the Commonwealth participating,” Mr Madden said.
Managing Director of Australia Post, Graeme John commented; “As a major Games Sponsor, we are delighted to be able to provide our venue for the Melbourne 2006 Uniform and Accreditation Centre.”
The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006.
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Notes to Editors
History of the UAC building:
1850s - Historical maps show the site was occupied by Military Barracks with the Melbourne Railway Terminus adjoining the southern boundary of the site.
1870s - Maps show the site now being used by the Victorian Railways and the east of the site is a State School.
1890's - Maps show three main buildings had been erected. 1921 - A horse tramway to Latrobe Street and a cable tramway to Spencer Street, now adjoin the site.
1945 - Ariel photos show significant changes to the site with a large building to the centre of the site, other small buildings being used for train storage.
1972 - Planning maps show the proposed route for the underground city loop underneath the site.
1987 - Australian Postal Commission purchases the site.
1989 - Mail Centre is constructed and sorted more than one million articles a day from the CBD and metro area.
2003 - Melbourne Mail Centre mail operations were moved to the Dandenong Letters Centre as part of a Future Post program and centralising Mail Operations. Facility used as Bulk Lodgement Centre for Australia Post.
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