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    Name Title Joe Khattar President Michael Rizk Head of Trade Relations

    Australia - Lebanon Michael Murr Treasu rer Nadia Obeid Secretary Dr Anthony Hasham 1st Vice President Salim Nicolas 2nd Vice President

    Name Title Joe Rizk Director Michael Symond Director Adam Malouf Director Fouad Deiri Director Dany Nicolas Director Danny Arraj Director Elie Touma Director Peter Semaan Director Peter Bader Director

    Another year is nearly over and in this issue of the Chamber's Newsletter, I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the ALCC Board of Directors, for your continuous and tremendous support to the Chamber and for your presence in all of our functions and seminars.

    We take enormous pride in the relationship we have with each one of you and we have no doubt that this relationship will continue for a long time to come, because it is based not only on business factors but more importantly on the mutual respect we have for each other.

    On behalf of the ALCC Board of Directors, I'd like to wish you and your families many happy healthy years ahead and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

    Joe Khattar AM President The Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce


    Annual Luncheon 2014 6

    St George Bank Lebanese Film Festival 8

    You Get What You Pay For 10

    Australia - Gulf FTA 12

    Seven Hidden Lanes In Parramatta 14

    Byblos: A City of Heritage 14

    The Dekwaneh Trade Delegation's 16

    The Port of Tripoli's New Infrastructure 16

    Arab Bank CEO Visits Lebanon 17

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    Activate Parramatta! Parramatta has Australia’s fastest-growing night time economy according to independent research by a National Local Government Committee.

    Parramatta was recently ranked as NSW’s ‘most liveable’ suburb by the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

    The 2013 winning ‘Good Café Guide’ award went to a Parramatta café.

    Now, Parramatta City Council has launched an exciting and unique program, 'Activate Parramatta' to bring to life innovative and creative business ideas that will continue to activate key areas of Parramatta's CBD.

    The ‘Activate Parramatta’ program is an incentive for businesses to present ideas to activate key areas including the new Centenary Square, Town Hall, Laneways and Parramatta River foreshore, day and night.

    The program is about government stepping out of the way, reducing red tape and creating opportunities for innovative ventures. The best business ideas will be in the running for grants of up to $10,000 to get started in Parramatta.

    Businesses may propose their ideas for trial periods, with the view to implementing long term, if demonstrated to be sustainable.

    key objectives of ‘Activate Parramatta’ are to: • To engage, grow, develop and support

    entrepreneurial ideas in the CBD. • To activate the public domain and vacant

    commercial and retail spaces in the CBD. • To support and assist businesses that have

    innovative ideas that promote activation and demonstrate market potential and a sound business model.

    • To encourage new and emerging enterprises to grow and enhance Parramatta’s reputation as a smart and creative city.

    Parramatta’s Lanes Parramatta’s lane system is extensive and the biggest in Sydney after that of the Sydney CBD.

    Laneway activation is an untapped opportunity with the potential to enhance and refresh existing activity in the Parramatta CBD. In particular, activities that complement the existing nightlife are highly encouraged.

    Lanes offer residents and workers with shortcuts through the city to their destination and are often characterised by high pedestrian traffic.

    Pedestrian-only lanes can act as pocket parks, providing much needed small areas for stopping, pausing, socialising, snacking and waiting, all the activities that humanise the city.

    Red Cow Lane. Possible activation ideas: short term shops, coffee cart.

    Case Study: ‘Twilight Friday Nights’ With the support of Activate Parramatta, a local business was able to trial a pop-up bar in one of Council’s unique CBD pocket parks at Erby Place.

    The bar served ciders and craft beers from local breweries. The green space beneath a canopy of jacaranda trees was activated with a beer tent and live musicians, as well as food trucks visiting each week.

    The initiative received coverage in Sydney’s metropolitan press.

    Parramatta’s new Centenary Square

    Twilight Friday Nights

    To find out more, and for a list of targeted lane options, visit or email [email protected]

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    Over 700 members and guests assembled at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf to attend the Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Luncheon. 2GB’s very own Ross Greenwood hosted the event and conducted a live interview with Harry Triguboff AO, founder and Managing Director of Meriton Group of Companies.

    The 81 year old Harry Triguboff delighted the audience with anecdote on his success and commentary on the building market. The interview also addressed the demand for accommodation in New South Wales and also the need for more state investment in infrastructure.

    Maserati exhibited the recently launch Ghibli S. The Ghibli is an attention grabbing sporty model with an emphasis on glamour and sophistication. Maserati also donated a prized to the Business Card Draw. One lucky winner walked away with a Maserati drive experience, including lunch at Jonah’s Whale Beach for four guests.

    Haron Robson also donated an iPad to the Business

    Card Draw and the ALCC’s new partner, Etihad donated two return Business Class tickets flying Etihad Airways, to any destination on the Etihad Airways online network.

    Warren Jack from the Australian Institute of Training addressed the chamber about his recent trip to Lebanon. He thanked the ALCC’s Head of Trade Relations, Michael Rizk for his hospitality and for facilitating the opportunity.

    After the Luncheon, guests were invited to join the ALCC Directors at The Star for an extended networking opportunity.

    The ALCC has hosted the Luncheon for over 10 years. It is now one of the largest networking events in Sydney spanning over multiple industries.

    Thank you to our sponsors who made this event a tremendous success. We look forward to seeing on you again at The ALCC Annual Business Awards on 24 October 2014.

    Annual Luncheon 2014

  • SYDNEY, 13 October 2014- Audiences continue to grow for the St.George Bank Lebanese Film Festival (LFF) with an increase of 500 people in attendance this year.

    Having attracted close to 1400 people, the annual event took place 22 August through to 6 September. Lebanese Film Festival Director, Mr Camille Lattouf, says, “This is an amazing achievement for the Lebanese Film Festival and this clearly shows audiences are interested in what Lebanese cinema and Western Sydney in particular has to offer.”

    Set up as a not-for-profit organisation, one of the objectives of the Lebanese Film Festival Association is to ensure all communities, particularly those without direct access to foreign film and premier arts and cultural events are provided the opportunity to engage.

    The Lebanese Film Festival has receive