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Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games preparations

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games preparations

Melbourne's preparation for the 18th Commonwealth Games, held between 15th and 26th March 2006. Australia topped the final medal tally, followed by England and Canada.

 

  • Commonwealth Games flags line many of Melbourne's streets, including Batman Avenue with the MCG (Commonwealth Games stadium) in the background

    Commonwealth Games flags line many of Melbourne's streets, including Batman Avenue with the MCG (Commonwealth Games stadium) in the background

  • Gardens around Melbourne feature colourful flowers in the Commonwealth Games theme, including the Marquis of Linlithgow monument on St Kilda Road

    Gardens around Melbourne feature colourful flowers in the Commonwealth Games theme, including the Marquis of Linlithgow monument on St Kilda Road

  • Federation Square and the Melbourne Visitor Centre are decorated in Commonwealth Games theme colours

    Federation Square and the Melbourne Visitor Centre are decorated in Commonwealth Games theme colours

  • Water creatures representing nations of the Commonwealth are anchored to pontoons along the Yarra River with the MCG (Commonwealth Games stadium) in the background

    Water creatures representing nations of the Commonwealth are anchored to pontoons along the Yarra River with the MCG (Commonwealth Games stadium) in the background

  • Work continues along the Yarra River which will extend the opening ceremony beyond the borders of the stadium with light and sound literally spilling out across the city

    Work continues along the Yarra River which will extend the opening ceremony beyond the borders of the stadium with light and sound literally spilling out across the city

  • Closer view of the sea creatures set up along the Yarra River

    Closer view of the sea creatures set up along the Yarra River

  • View north-west along the Yarra River and towards the city centre skyline with the sea creatures situated on the river

    View north-west along the Yarra River and towards the city centre skyline with the sea creatures situated on the river

  • Work continues along the Yarra River near the Swan Street Bridge to hook up floating platforms in the shape and colours of each competing country's national flag

    Work continues along the Yarra River near the Swan Street Bridge to hook up floating platforms in the shape and colours of each competing country's national flag

  • Signs announcing the Commonwealth Games line many of the main roads into the city, including the Monash Freeway at Chadstone

    Signs announcing the Commonwealth Games line many of the main roads into the city, including the Monash Freeway at Chadstone