The ATBC Committee wish to sincerely thank Erhan Yondemli, for his extensive contribution to the ATBC Board.
Members are often unaware of the time and effort that Board Members unselfishly contribute to the Board, in order to run a smooth and progressive ship. However, other Board members were witness to Erhan’s continuous and noble commitment.
One of the great delights this Summer was the annual ATBC picnic, which was held at Greenvale Reservoir on the 6th March.
The day was absolutely beautiful, the sun was shining, the weather was warm and there was no intrusive wind. The beautiful weather bought out many Turkish families to enjoy the lovely day.
The Australian Turkish Business Council has again this year made a financial contribution to Mount Clear College, in order to partially assist students to partake in a trip to Gallipoli.
The Gallipoli programme at Mount Clear College offers students an opportunity to visit the historical war site in Gallipoli. Whilst in Turkey, the students also get the opportunity to visit their sister school, Gallipoli High School, in order to strengthen ties between the two schools.
The Moreland Turkish Association hosted an evening at the Hume Learning Centre to introduce the newly- appointed Australian Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Ian Biggs to the local Turkish and Australian Community.
Many business people, community leaders and the general public attended, to officially greet the New Australian Ambassador to Turkey.
On Sunday the 28th February, ATBC held their first Annual Picnic at Greenvale Reservoir.
The weather was rather cool but it did not hinder the brave and eager Picnic lovers from enjoying their day. The Children played ball games and had lots of fun. The men and women socialized as they consumed the tasty, barbecued food.
Our ATBC members and guests enjoyed the Annual Iftar Dinner which was held at Leila Receptions on the 16th September.
On the 31st July, the Commonwealth Bank invited all ATBC members to an Economic Seminar at Leila Receptions. Those members who attended had a very informative and entertaining evening.
Craig James, who is the Chief Economist at the Commonwealth Bank, delivered a detailed economic forecast, focusing on the International economy and how it will affect our Australian economy, the Australian dollar and Interest rates. It was indeed a privilege to receive economic insight from one the most respected Economists in Australia.
Education of youth is one of the major goals which the ATBC strongly supports and promotes within our community. Our succeeding students are our future professional, business people and the ATBC is proud to nurture and encourage their efforts so they may continue on their chosen course.
In April, three of our members attended the Dunya Turk Girisimciler Kurultayi in Istanbul.
The purpose of the conference was to establish business relations amongst all Turkish business people from around the world and create networking opportunities.
This year the ATBC have been privileged to be part of an ANZAC project, which is an inter-school sister program between Australia and Turkey.
The ANZAC project was developed by Mr Ian Simpkin, who is a senior staff member at Mount Clear College in Ballarat. This project has cultivated a formal sister school partnership with Gelibolu Anadolu Lisesi, whereby students and teachers from each college visit each other biennially.
This sister-school project was designed to foster interest in both countries’ wartime heritage and to promote international understanding and peace between the young people of Turkey and Australia.