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Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting was held on 1 March 2018 at the Coburg Civic Centre. The board wishes to thank Melbourne Consul General Mr. Mehmet Kucuksakalli, the Commercial Attache Mr. Tayfun Kilic and all our members who came along to the meeting. Their presence was greatly appreciated.

Our valued board member Mr. Marcus Burhan Falay has not re-nominated. Our beloved mentor and board member Mr. Mehmet Madakbas also passed away few months ago.

The good news is that we have 2 new people who have nominated and been elected to board position. We also hired and appointed new secretary. They are:

Meryem Apak
Mehmet Altuntas
Burak Akinci (Secretary General)

New Board:
Muradiye Selvi
Osman Kuyruk
Alan Yildiz
Attila Mete
Albert Aykut Ornek
Ozlem Susler
Meryem Apak
Mehmet Altuntas


The 50th anniversary of Australia’s assisted-migration agreement with Turkey

On the 50th anniversary of Australia’s assisted-migration agreement with Turkey, Parliament House event marked our relationship. ATBC Board attended the event and celebrated our 50th anniversary.

On Oct. 5, 1967, the two countries struck a deal allowing assisted migration for Turks to live and work in Australia.

However, the two nations have ties going back to World War I, when Ottoman and Australian troops faced each other from trenches in the Gallipoli campaign.

The battle is marked as a milestone in nationhood for both countries and every year thousands of Australians travel to Turkey to commemorate their war dead.


Gelibolu Anadolu Lisesi Avustralya Ziyareti

Balarat’taki kardeş okulları Mount Clear College’ı ziyaret etmek için  Avustralya Turk Is Adamlari Konseyinin sponsorlugunda Avustralya’ya gelen Gelibolu Anadolu Lisesi’nin 8 öğrencisi ve 2 öğretmeni ile iki haftalık sure icerisinde Sidney ve Melburn sehirlerini ziyaret ettiler.

Avustralya’daki kaldiklari sure boyunca bircok aktivite ve geziye katilan ogrenciler ve ogretmenler yasadiklari guzel deneyimler ve konukseverlik icin Mount Clear College ve ATBC’ye cok tesekkur ederek Avustralya’dan ayrildilar.


Australia’s New Ambassador

Melbourne Consul General Mr. Kucuksakalli held the reception for Mr. Marc Innes-Brown who has been appointed as Australia’s Ambassador in Turkey. ATBC President Muradiye Selvi, ATBC Honorary President Huseyin Mustafa and board members Marcus Burhan Falay and Attila Mete attended the event and congratulated Mr. Innes-Brown for his new role.

Mr Innes-Brown is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently First Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa Division. In Canberra Mr Innes-Brown has held a range of positions in DFAT, including as Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch, and Assistant Secretary, Iraq Taskforce. He has previously served overseas as Australia’s Ambassador to Iran and Ambassador to Iraq.

Mr Innes-Brown holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Hawaii. He is expected to take up his appointment in July 2017.

We thank outgoing Ambassador James Larsen for his significant contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Turkey since 2014.

ATBC wishes every success to Mr. Marc Innes-Brown, Australia’s Ambassador designate to Ankara in his new role.



The Australian Turkish Business Council held their 15th Iftar Dinner on Tuesday 20th June 2017 at Ultima Function Center.

Many Guests and Members attended the Iftar. Attendees enjoyed a three course dinner and drinks and socialized prior to the dinner. This year our members were given a great pleasant surprise. At the Iftar, the attendees were entertained with ‘Baglama’ performance performed by international performing artist Iskender Ozan Toprak.

Thank you to all our parliamentarians, community leaders, ATBC members and friends of ATBC that attended.

Thank you also to our Valued member Osman Ozcakmak for providing a gift to all our guests containing tulip bulbs.



Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting was held on 6 March 2017 at the Coburg Civic Centre. The board wishes to thank all our members who came along to the meeting. Our members presence was greatly appreciated.

Our long standing President Huseyin Mustafa has not renominated for a Board Position. Huseyin Mustafa has served for 11 consecutive terms on the ATBC board, but has now stood down, allowing a new person to take the President position. Huss will always remain ‘Patron’ of the Australian Turkish Business Council and will always be available to provide support and assistance. Huss’s commitment and devotion to the ATBC is commendable.

Our valued board member Mrs. Ozal Halil has also not re-nominated.

The good news is that we have 3 new people who have nominated and been elected to board position. They are:
Dr Ozlem Susler
Aykut Ornek
Tahir Yavuz

At this stage we cannot inform you who will be President, Vice President or Secretary, as the board will vote and confirm the positions at the next board meeting.


Turkish Ambassador and Consul General Visit ATBC members

ATBC members were pleased to have our Ambassador Vakur Gokdenizler and Consul General Mehmet Kucuksakalli visit Australian Turkish Business Council Members’ work places. The visit included a visit to Sultan Meats (Necmi Kul), Easy St Upholstery (Mahmut Bas), Bross Panels (Osman Kuyruk) and Grand Foods (Ali Fuat Kahveci) followed by a beautiful lunch that Ali Fuat Kahveci hosted for us.

During the visit, ATBC Board Member Dr. Mehmet Madakbas and The President of Moreland Turkish Association Cemal Akdeniz were awarded the Role Model Senior Citizens of Turkey for services and achievements and awards were presented by Mr. Gokdenizler and Mr. Kucuksakalli on behalf of Turkish Government.

We wish to congratulate Dr. Mehmet Madakbas and Cemal Akdeniz for significant contribution to Australian Turkish society and big thank you to Vakur Gokdenizler, Mehmet Kucuksakalli for visiting our members.

Special thank you to our valued members Ali Fuat Kahveci, Necmi Kul, Osman Kuyruk and Mahmut Bas.


Mount Clear College Sister School with Gelibolu High School

We are pleased to post a Letter and pictures from Mount Clear College, thanking ATBC for our sponsorship of their Gallipoli Programme and their sister school – Gelibolu High School.

As a result of ATBC sponsorship and sponsorship from the Commonwealth Bank, Mount Clear College were able to present 7 scholarships to Turkish students at Gelibolu High School. Our Sponsorship was also able to partially sponsor their programme where by two students were flown to Gelibolu. There they stayed with local families.

The ATBC believes this sponsorship is valuable for encouraging peace, education and awareness of Turkish culture.


Turkish Cypriot Businesswomen Association

Whilst holidaying in Cyprus, ATBC President Huseyin Mustafa was invited to address the Turkish Cypriot Businesswomen Association. Huseyin was delighted and honoured to receive this invitation.

The seminar was attended by around 40 women members as well as members of the media and other associations. Huseyin spoke about the Australian economy, success of the Australian Turkish Cypriots and the economic potential of Cyprus.

The Event was very well received and Huseyin was pleased to meet and converse with some very successful and passionate Women business owners.


ATBC Iftar – 2016

We had the great pleasure in hosting Australian Turkish Business Council’s 14th Iftar dinner at Seven Hills Restaurant.

Joining us for our Iftar Dinner were: Maria Vamvakinou MP; Former member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson and Liberal Candidate for Wills, Kevin Hong. Our special guest for the evening was Mary Elizabeth Calwell, daughter of Arthur Calwell who was Leader of the Australian Labor Party from 1960 to 1967.

Thank you to all our parliamentarians, Community Leaders, ATBC members and friends of ATBC that attended.

Thank you also to our Valued member Osman Ozcakmak for providing a gift to all our guests containing tulip bulbs.