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.
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.