This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes educational gap filled, promises for the Babadag cable car made by government investment agency and more in our round up of the local news.

Education Disabilities Gap Filled

This week saw the introduction of educational provision for children with Down’s syndrome, when one class for pupils with the disability began in a primary school in Günlükbaşı.

Funding for the new class has been raised by the Turkish women members of the Fethiye Evi group, mainly via their regular Thursday sales on the kordon outside their headquarters.

The local Director of Education told press at the opening ceremony that there were 16 million people with disabilities in Turkey, of whom around 20,000 can be found in Fethiye.

Promises for Babadag Skyway Plan

Representatives from the Government’s Investment Agency were in Fethiye town this week to meet with the local Chamber of Commerce, and discuss funding for the cable car long planned for Babadağ.

They were taken up the Babadag mountain to the recently opened Zirve Cafe so that they could see the amazing views.

Unfortunately it would seem the weather clouded over, and at least one of the visitors was pictured huddled inside a blanket.

No doubt they listened to the locals’ presentation about year round tourism somewhat cynically, as they shivered in early October.

However, they ended up promising to do their best to find the funding.

Seems to us the local Mayor stated the cable car would be up and running for next season.

He was not involved in this meeting.

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Crack Down on Noisy Chicken Chasers Underway

The Assistant Chief of Police in Fethiye, Zeki Taşkıran, held a meeting with local motorbike repairers this week, as part of the town’s anti-noise pollution campaign.

Zeki bey wants to stamp out bikes which have had their silencers/exhaust systems modified so they make a lot of noise.

He clearly had thought the issue through and, realising that new bikes do not make that level of noise, invited the men who adapt the bikes to come and discuss the issue.

He wants them to stop making the modifications, whilst the local police stop and fine riders already roaring around town on noisy bikes.

He told press he aims to stamp out noisy motor bikes before the start of the 2013 tourist season.

First Fethiye Classical Music Festival was a Great Success

The final performance of the three day festival took place on Saturday evening on the Fethiye promenade.

The Antalya Sate Symphony Orchestra conducted by Orhan Şallıel took to the stage and played various scores from Dvorak and Brahms. They were also led by Natalia Gutman (70) a soloist cellist. She played with much energy and passion and, amazingly, without reference to any sheet music.

The brisk scores were also complimented by a fantastic lightning storm that lit up the skies behind and around the stage. Luckily only a few spots of rain fell and the evening was, with the exception of an early power cut to the surrounding area, drama free.

This was a great event, with quality acts and well attended events. Let’s hope we see another one next year.

Zakkum Restaurant Changes Hands

The popular Zakkum restaurant famed for its great value food and quiz evenings located on the main road down from the Tuzla Migros, Fethiye changed hands last week.

A new Turkish owner has taken over the reins.

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