Today at 11am Sydney time. (Sunday 22nd February 2009.)
Only those directly affected by the bushfires will be allowed into the arena. Registration for entry is closed.
Broadcast live on all national TV stations and Sky from 11am Sydney time. Also on ABC radio.
From The Age
"ROD LAVER ARENA
There will be no public parking on site at Rod Laver Arena, public transport is encouraged. Public parking is available (at a
charge) from 8am at the MCG via Gate 3 off Wellington Parade.
Travel on all metropolitan trains, trams, buses and V/Line services will be free between 9am and 3.30pm for people attending the memorial service. Visit metlinkmelbourne.com.au for information or call 131 638.
Special trams will operate to and from Rod Laver Arena between the corner of Londsale and Spencer streets and the Swan Street tram reserve. Trams will run every 5 minutes before and after the service.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR PEOPLE IN BUSHFIRE-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
Rod Laver Arena - You need to have registered your intention to attend this service to ensure space is reserved at the arena. For information phone 1800 136 762.
ROD LAVER ARENA
Gates open 8.30am
Service begins 11am
Service ends 12.30pm
SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL
Gates open 10am.
The public may also view the memorial service on a big screen at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Others can watch on screens at Hisense Arena, Federation Square and the Docklands.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at the venue.
Floral arrangements may be placed at the base of flagpoles at Rod Laver Arena.
Donations should be directed to the Australian Red Cross 'Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009' on 1800 811 700 or at www.redcross.org.au.
People are asked not to bring candles as no naked flames are permitted inside the stadium.
Ushers will be on hand at the venue to direct the public to seating. Seating cannot be reserved."
Australians honour bushfire victims in day of mourning
"Australians will today observe a national day of mourning to honour the victims of Victoria's bushfires.
Services will be held across the country, with the largest taking place at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena at 11am AEDT.
The Melbourne service is expected to draw up to 100,000 people, and will be broadcast live on ABC1 (Aunty, Channel 2) and ABC Online.
ABC Local Radio will also broadcast the service, with a program to start after the 10.00am (AEDT) news."
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