Lake Gairdner South Australia
Advice for Media
We don't have a press kit other than what you see on these pages.
If you require further information please contact the DLRA.
Commercial media organisations must make an application for a permit to the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Environment who are the custodians of the Lake Gairdner National Park. If you are unsure as to whether you need a permit, it is highly recommended that you download the form and contact the DEWNR.
All members of the media are to identify themselves with their credentials to officials at the Registration Caravan when they first arrive on the salt. At this time you will enjoy a short induction and familiarization session. As a member of the media it's doesn't matter if you are there for a day or a week you still have to register. We do not cater for permenent registrations. You must register for each event.
Everyone has to have a ticket for Speed Week. However there is no cost for Reporters, Journalists and Film Crews. You can reserve your ticket via our Online Booking . Or you can do it on the day.
You do have to pay for entry to the lake, this will be payable at the entry to the lake or online (don't forget to print your ticket)
Commercial photographers and film crews will need to submit the application form and to obtain permission from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and pay a fee.
A person having media accreditation is not expected to help entrants or spectators and if they do so it is at their own peril. If they were to injure themselves or damage their own property or that of an entrant or spectator the DLRA in no way can be held responsible for this.
Media can be affiliated with and entrant or team and can hold dual registration. Being both a member of a pit crew or team and member of the media.
Media must behave with respect to entrants, officals, spectators and observers.
Failure of media to register, especially where they are of a commercial nature and should have notified the DEWNR, can lead to imeadiate explusion from the event.
The DLRA reserves it's right to refuse an application for media accreditation.
All media whilst on the lake will be required to wear a high visability vest with appropriate wording, identifying who they are.
You will also be supplied with a press badge and a wrist band make sure you wear them.
Accreditation will allow them to access areas not available to spectators.
Media must only park in designated Spectator Parking areas, no exceptions. They are found at the south east corner of the pits and adjacent to the startline.
Media DO NOT park in the pits. See the Track Layout Map.
NOTE: All vehicles must be parked on a protective tarpaulin to protect the salt from fluids dropping from vehicles. This is a fundamental requirement of our agreements with the Lake Gairdner Co-Management Board and the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). Failure to do so will result in the vehicle being expelled from the salt. If a driver/rider can't be found for a vehicle it may be removed for you.
Please obey all signs
The speed limit of all access roads on the salt is 60KPH. Within the pits it is walking pace or 10KPH. Failure to maintain these speeds will result in a fine or expulsion from the salt.
RESPECT SENSITIVE AREAS
Lake Gairdner is a National Park and it is also the traditional home of the Kokatha people. There are many sites of environmental and cultural significance. Stay on main tracks or roads, do not cross fences or barriers. Do not disturb or remove rocks or other natural features.
As members of the media on the salt you would have access the access road to and from the pits, to the pits including the technical inspection area and on the road to the start line.
If you are following a particular vehicle once it entered the start line staging area, you would be at the direction of the Start Line official's. Ideally we will want to alert the Start line officials to this prior to the event but you will also need to notify the Start Line officials prior to entering the start line area to identify yourself and alert them to your presence. Preference would be for you to remain in the spectator area, but I'm sure they would let you get some footage closer up, just so long as you were not in the way or seen to be causing any safety issue. If you were asked to leave you have no option but to return to and remain within the defined spectator area.
There is a safety zone of some 300 metres that runs parallel to the track, strictly no one is permitted in this safety zone other than emergency vehicles and entrant support vehicles.
There are two emergency vehicles positioned on the track at around the 4 mile and 6 mile, permission can be sought from the Race Director for media personnel to go out to these vehicles. But this is a coordinated activity between the Race Director and the Emergency vehicle in question. You go out when you are told, the duration is predetermined and you are to leave when you are told. Whilst at these vehicles, media personnel at at the direction of the emergency crews.
Permission can also be sought for media to go the the far end of the track where vehicles stop after a run. There are several other exit points along the course and they are marked with large bali flags. At no time may media leave the return road. Refer to the track layout map.This can be a great spot to capture celebrations, especially if there is a record set in the process. Once again this activity will be supervised.
Each competitor is permitted one tender vehicle which can follow some distance behind the competition vehicle on the defined support vehicle track, I would suggest if you want to get footage at the start line or finish that you attach yourself to a support vehicle.
We appreciate your being there and the job you are trying to do, but under no circumstances will a media team disrupt the running of Speed Week or put an official, competitor or spectator at risk.
Failure to comply with any official directive can have your access to the lake or the event limited or revoked.
Extract from the DLRA Rulebook7.B.30 Externally mounted equipment e.g. cameras:
All externally mounted equipment e.g. cameras, dataloggers, GPS units etc. must be securely mounted and have a separate lanyard fitted which attaches the unit to the race vehicle. All vehicles fitted with such equipment must be presented at technical inspection with that equipment fitted to the vehicle.
The new National Parks and Wildlife Regulations (National Parks) 2016, which came into effect on 1 September 2016, clarify "that it is an expiable offence to fly remotely piloted aircraft such as drones over South Australia’s national parks and reserves without a permit."
This means that:
- Personal/recreational drone flying is not permitted at Lake Gairdner without DEWNR's approval (approval is gained by applying through the Filming Application form)
- DLRA has no authority to approve drone flights.
- Only operators approved by DEWNR can use drones, and it is only these approved drone users that can be directed by the DLRA to safe and appropriate zones for flight.
The DLRA Remotely Piloted Aircraft Policy applies.
The Operational Plan describes the requirements to conduct the annual Speedweek held at Lake Gairdner in South Australia by the Dry Lake Racers Australia.
All motoring events have an element of public risk and potential for environmental impact. The Operational Plan has been compiled with due consideration to reduce these risks and to prescribe the tasks required to conduct a safe and enjoyable event for participants and spectators.
A program will be handed out to media, with track layout, race times, rules on Lake and Station property.
COMMUNICATIONS and the INTERNET
Due to the remote location there is no fixed land line, mobile coverage or internet.
If this is something you require your only option is a satellite phone, modem or hot spot.
The DLRA will not be making these forms of communication available to you, this is something you will need to organise and pay for yourself. We do have a satellite phone which is used for emergency communication only. We can recommend devices and networks that you could buy or hire equipment from.
There is one fixed line phone at the DLRA camp, the next closest phone is at Mt. Ive Station.
Mobile phone receiption finishes very shortly after you turn on to the dirt at Iron Knob.
It is highly recommended to carry a UHF radio (tuned to Channel 10) so that you are informed of events and contactable at all times. We will also be braodcasting on 92.0FM with details of who is running and speeds achieved.
To ensure your safety and the safety of others your vehicle should have;
- 1kg fire extinguisher,
- first aid kit,
- 2 tow hooks (1 at the front, 1 at the rear),
- 5m towing strap,
- 2 spare wheels,
- 5 litres of water per person per day
RESCUE AND MEDICAL ATTENTION
The DLRA has doctors and an ambulance on duty for the full duration of Speed Week. We also have a sizeable number of fire and rescue crew and vehicles. If you require their services contact your nearest DLRA offical and they will call them for you or direct you where to go. There is a medical services located in the pits. In the event of a emergency medical evacuation it is highly recommended that you have medical insurance, even though Flying Doctor Services are free.
CATERING AND PROVISIONS
Your last chance to stock up on provisions is at Port Augusta. Prices are reasonable so there is really no need to drag it all the way from home when you can load up on the way.
There is a canteen on the edge of the lake operating for most of the time we are there, you can buy cold drinks, beer, and all your meals there if you wish. They sell cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners, sandwiches etc.. Prices are very reasonable and the dinners very generous. To see the menu go to the catering page.
If you are not buying from the canteen you will need to provide all your own food and drink. Bring more than what you will think you need in case you get stuck out there for whatever reason.
There is a strong preference for gas barbeques for cooking rather than camp fires which are allowed at the Salt Bush camp so long as they are surrounded by rocks and the area around the fire is appropriately cleared. You cannot collect firewood from the areas surrounding the camps.
The water in the tanks at the Salt Bush camp and the DLRA camp is not suitable for drinking.
We have a contractor who sells ice by the bag or the block, and considering where you are it is quite reasonably priced. He has a route around the pits and the camps morning and night. He will be there from the Saturday before Speed Week unti the Friday we pack up.
There are bins for recyclable containers (cans, PET bottles) at the canteen or you can bag them up at your camp site and someone come around and collect them.
And remember for everything else what you bring in, you take out. There are no bins for you to dump rubbish in at the salt. Bring some nice thick garbage bags and take it back to Port Augusta.
Your last stop for fuel is Port Augusta, so take the opportunity to fill up then. There is no service stations on the Eyre Highway between Port Augusta and Iron Knob where you turn off on to the dirt. So you will need enough fuel on board to make the 432km return trip out to the salt and back plus what ever travelling you do while your out there. You can buy petrol and diesel (no gas) at the Mt. Ive Homestead which you will pass on your way in and out.
Life at the lake is a cash society. Bring plenty. But you will only need it if you want to buy something.
There are no EFTPOS facilities at Lake Gairdner, nor at the canteen or registration. But there is EFTPOS at Mt. Ive homestead but no cash back.
BEAT THE HEAT
It will be hot, very hot and you will be walking around during the hottest part of the day. Bring appropriate clothing and a wide brimmed hat, sun glasses and plenty sunscreen. The salt is a very reflective surface, think about it and apply sunscreen to all those place that normally don't get burnt. You can bring your own shade structure to the salt, however all structures must be disassembled at the end of each day as there is usually very strong winds throughout the night.
Accommodation AT LAKE GAIRDNER DURING SPEED WEEK
You have 3 options;
- Mt. Ive homestead has a number of limited rooms, and most of this is booked from one year to the next. There are some shearers rooms available with dormitory style sleeping, but be quick and book ASAP. There is also a camping area at the homestead, tents and caravans are welcome, but you are in the outback so be prepared. Power, water (drinking), food and fuel, you have to be self sufficient, there is some power and showers. The homestead is some 18 km's from the lake. For bookings, contact Mt. Ive homestead direct.
- The DLRA camp is where competitors and their teams and regular visitors have purchased beds in semi-permenant structures. For Spectators there are plenty of un-powered sites, with toilets and showers available . The camp is about 6 km's from the lake. No booking required and fees are payable to the DLRA at the lake entry check point or the registration van in the pits.
- The Saltbush camp; located behind the canteen and very close to the lake. All persons intending to use the bush camp at Lake Gairdner are required to take Porta Potties for personal use - human waste is not to be left in the bush. No camp fires are permitted to be lit near the bush or trees surrounding the bush camp. To stay here you really need to be self sufficent. Run by Mt. Ive Homestead, no bookings required, pay at the canteen. No dogs or pets are allowed.
NOTE: There is strictly no camping upon the Lake itself.
There is a a canteen on the edge of the lake operating for the week of the event only, you can buy cold drinks, beer, ice and all your meals there if you wish. They sell cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners, sandwiches etc.. Prices are very reasonable and the dinners very generous.
Accommodation in PORT AUGUSTA
There are a number of caravan parks and motels in Port Augusta. The DLRA recommends the Big 4 Caravan Park, Cnr Highway One & Stokes Terrace, Port Augusta. In recognition of DLRA members support over the years the Big 4 offers all racers and spectators a special 15% discount for all bookings for this year and no cancellation fee will apply should the need arise. Please do not book on-line as the discount is only available dealing directly with our staff in reception. All you need to say is that you are part of the Lake Gardiner Salt Lakers and they will add the discount to your booking.
Port Augusta Big4 Holiday Park firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 08 8642 2974
There will be a number of announcements and press releases leading up to the event. If you wish to be placed on the mailing list, please forward all your contact and publication details, to the DLRA Media Liasion or complete the online mailing list form.
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