Fethiye Times’ weekly round up of the local news.

Orange Harvest

If you have ever travelled to and from Dalaman Airport by road during the day you may have seen hundreds of citrus trees planted in groves all along the road.

Those groves are all owned by a government run farm.

Last Thursday that farm auctioned the first element of its 2014 crop of citrus fruits and will hold a second auction on the 11th December.

You can read more about the Orange harvest and other interesting facts in our article here “The pick of the crop: Turkey's orange season is now in full swing”

Navy Days

Three Turkish Navy warships visited Fethiye and Gocek last week and attracted a great deal of interest from the public.

The largest of the ships was the Gabya Class F-494 GÖKÇEADA tied up on the town quay along with two other ships Including the Fast Patrol boat P345 Poyraz.

GÖKÇEADA has seen recent postings to the Somalian Coast as part of Turkish anti piracy duties.

The Poyraz, which is based in Marmaris, patrols the local waters.

She was commissioned in 1987 and is part of the Doğan class of Turkish fast patrol boats.

She’s a fast boat too and can reach 38 knots at full speed and cover a range of 1,050 nautical miles on a full tank.

New Addition

Rescue group AKUT received a new edition to their arsenal of rescue equipment last week; a bright yellow 8 person inflatable raft.

The new boat extends the capabilities of the team to carry our rescues on lakes and rivers.

The boat was a donation from a local Seydikemer charitable foundation.

112 Emergency Rescue

And continuing on the rescue theme the National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE) were also in the headlines when they held an awareness event in Fethiye.

Members of the group displayed their rescue equipment and distributed literature on their capabilities.

Toll Free

The second Gocek tunnel is currently under construction and the press were invited to view the works last week.

The project has been progressing well with the full length of the tunnel open and internal reinforcing works now taking place.

The new tunnel is due to open in May 2015 just in time for the busy holiday season.

And the good news is that the tunnel will be toll free.

Currently there is a charge of 3.50 TL each way to use the existing tunnel that was opened in 2006.

So that should save 7TL for each trip to the airport and back and the traditional scramble for change.

Water Diviner

The premier of Russell Crowe's film the Water Diviner premiered last week in Istanbul.

The film is directed by and co-starts Russell Crowe and will also feature stars of the Turkish screen Yilmaz Erdogan and Cem Yilmaz.

Crowe plays an Australian farmer who travels to Istanbul four years after the first world war to discover the fate of his sons who had taught in the savage battles at Gallipoli.

Once in Turkey he forges a relationship with a beautiful Turkish woman.

The film is the first for Crowe’s Fear of God Film company.

The film will be shown in Turkey from 26th December and will be called “Son Umut” The Last Hope.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 3.52 Turkish Lira by the close of business on Friday.