Author: gulhan-eryegit-yoldas

Turkish communities celebrate migration to Australia

This year the Australian Turkish community celebrates 50 years since migrating to Australia.  The Australian Cypriot-Turkish community is celebrating 70 years since migration.  Both these communities are predominantly Muslim arriving by sea and air in search of better life opportunities for their young families. On Saturday 27 October  Australian Turkish migrants that had made the journey to Australian shores fifty years ago were recognised in an award ceremony hosted by the Presidency For Turks Abroad And Related Communities (YTB) at Melbourne’s iconic Sofitel building.   The ceremony was attended by Victorian MP Nazlı Süleyman, Canberra’s Ambassador for Turkey Ahmet Vakur...

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Black Saturday Bushfires – Blessing of the Fleet

On Saturday 13 October, the 22nd Annual Emergency Services Blessing of the Fleet ceremony took place in Whittlesea, near Kinglake. This is an annual multifaith service hosted by the City of Whittlesea and administered by leaders of local faith communities, in recognition of the role of emergency services personnel in protecting our community.   This year was particularly significant as we near the 10 year anniversary of the devastating Black Saturday Bushfires which ravaged Kinglake and the surrounding areas of Victoria’s north, destroying homes, farms and the whole town of Marysville.  The Black Saturday Bushfires remain Australia’s all-time worst...

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Baasila Awards winners for 2018

Brave, Strong, Courageous.  These were the words encrypted on the awards certificates presented at the inaugural Baasila Women Acknowledging Women Awards Ceremony at Melbourne’s iconic Moroccan Soup Bar in Fitzroy on  8 September 2018. The winners of the Women Acknowledging Women Award 2018 in four categories were: Naima Usman: Women’s Empowerment Dr Sara Hassan: Community Leadership Amona Hassab: Youth Capacity Building Aysha Tufa: contribution to STEM/Arts Innovation The Baasila Awards is an incredible platform pioneered to celebrate the substantial contributions of Australian Muslim women, where all nominations are made by women for women.   There was an overwhelming interest...

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Muslim women speak at Victorian Parliament

Muslim students from Al Siraat College spoke at the Victorian Parliament House on Friday 31 August 2018 on the theme “My Vote My Voice: Diversity in Community Organisations. The annual event is organised by the National Council of Women of Victoria (NCWV) and in 2018 it was designed to encourage students to investigate the level of diversity (gender, ethnicity, age, disability), in community workplaces by visiting and conducting interviews. The focus of research is on diversity of leadership, decision-making and/or composition and then to make three-minute presentations in the Legislative Council Chamber to an audience of students, community members and...

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Funding for Muslim infrastructure security in Victoria

The Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet conducted a presentation on Wednesday 1 August on the “Islamic Communities Security Infrastructure Fund” in preparation ahead of launching the new funding stream through its Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division.  This funding opportunity will be available to all places of worship, Islamic schools and centres as of Monday 6 August.    The grant program is for projects that upgrade or install security infrastructure in existing community facilities, schools or places of worship. A total of three million dollars has been allocated for this funding round with each site able to...

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