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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.


ATBC Picnic – 2016

What a brilliant day, we could not have anticipated a better turnout. The 2016 ATBC picnic was held at Jack Roper Reserve and it was favourably embraced by all those that attended.

There was plenty delicious barbecued meat, salads, dips, bread and cold drinks. There was a great atmosphere and it was wonderful to see our community enjoying themselves.

The children received Commonwealth Bank showbags and many gifts were presented with out Annual Raffle.

The ATBC would like to thank our sponsors: Commonwealth Bank, Bross Panels, Grand Foods, Ardent Concepts, Tek Foods, East Street Upholstery, Selvi Psychological Services, Australasian Corporate Services and the Turkish Bread Factory.


Huss creates Harmony

Huss Mustafa is passionate about cultural diversity and he has been an active member of the Victorian Multicultural Commission for a number of years now.

Huss is involved in many key cultural events throughout the year, and speaks regularly on the positive impact of cultural diversity.

Huss loves sharing his story and connecting with people – this helps him and his employees in the workplace, and also creates a warm connection with his customers.

A taste of harmony is so exciting.


Annual General Meeting

The Australian Turkish Business Council Held their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25th February at the Hume Global Learning Centre.

Many Guests and Members attended the AGM. Attendees dined on a large array of Turkish food and socialized prior to the meeting. Read more


Promoting ATBC on overseas visits

When travelling overseas on holiday, ATBC President Huseyin Mustafa, always finds time to include work.

Whilst in Cyprus, Huseyin Mustafa met with the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Mr Mustafa Akıncı. Huseyin Mustafa invited Mustafa Akıncı to visit Australia as his guest. We hope he takes up the invitation. Read more