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  • GABA was incorporated as the German Australian Business Association with the Queensland Government, Office of Fair Trading (as known today).
  • GABA participates in the ‘German Pioneer Week’, a celebratory annual event organised to highlight the first German settlers in Nundah, their influence and contributions to Queensland. An event organised by the first GABA president Mr. Emil Nasarenko, consisting among other festivities and commemorative events of German Dance Groups, a German beer-fest, floral tributes presented at the German Pioneer Monument in Nundah, GABA dinner, Brisbane City Hall receptions, fashion parades, children’s fun parades and Oktoberfest with the German Club.
  • GABA organizes and accompanies Queensland trade delegation to Germany with Deputy Premier of Queensland (Mr. W. Gunn) to establish industry and trade contacts in Bavaria, meeting with Bavarian State President Mr. Franz-Josef Strauss.
    Lord Mayor of Brisbane Mrs. Sallyanne Atkinson becomes patron of GABA.
    GABA Gala Ball at the Sheraton on Nov. 29th.
  • Bi-Centennial Committee established with GABA participating, to organise the 200 years of Australia’s federation and the upcoming Expo ’88 organisation of the local German contribution.
    GABA participates in the ‘Queensland to Germany Youth Work Exchange Program’ in association with the Arthur Philip German-Australian Foundation, an initiative and scholarship program for young people to gain enhanced work skills and achieve cultural awareness between the countries, a program co-sponsored by the Queensland Government.
  • Dr. Karl Heinz Berninger, the Consul General of Germany addresses GABA on ‘the economic situation in today’s Germany’ and at another function Mr. Graeme Atkinson of Westpac spoke to GABA members about ‘Australian banks’ presence in Europe’. President Sulzer also introduces an address by Dr. Lando Lotter from the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Sydney about the relationship between the chamber and GABA.
    GABA Ball in the Hilton in November and GABA committee busy in initial supporting efforts for the Brisbane World Expo 88.
  • Brisbane World Expo ’88, theme: ‘Leisure in the Age of Technology’. GABA members meetings were held at the German Pavilion. GABA entertains international guests and prominent Brisbane business leaders at the Expo, which typically conclude in the Festhaus, where GABA holds a ‘Stammtisch’.
  • Sir Leo Hielscher, Undersecretary with the Treasury Department, Queensland and a prominent figure and chairman on many boards addresses GABA with the topic of “What should Germany know about Queensland”.
    GABA and Siemens Ltd. organise a concert in the Performing Arts Centre on the occasion of the visit of the Young Dortmund Symphony Orchestra with Professor Roland Pröll, with many invited dignitaries of the Brisbane business and governmental circles participating.
  • Swiss Ambassador Dr. Hugentobler and Swiss Consul Walter Brunner address joint GABA, Swiss Chamber of Commerce function at the City Rowers Club on the Brisbane River.
    Representatives of almost all the German organisations in Brisbane: GABA, SAGSE, German Honorary Consul and Protocol chief, German Radio 4EB representative, German Goethe Society and German Club, meet to welcome the new Consul General Dr. Gescher at joint function and discuss very topical development in the newly united Germany.
  • German Ambassador Dr. F. Keil, Consul General Dr. Gescher and Honorary Consul Chris Featherstone visit Brisbane’s Kenmore State High School on the occasion of the founding of the German Immersion School Program, fostering an annual student exchange program with German families.
  • GABA organise a visit of Queensland Premier Wayne Goss to Bavaria to sign a Memorandum of Understanding of a Queensland-Bavarian Governmental Partnership. GABA Committee members accompany the Premier.
    The 11th Anniversary of the German Pioneer Week festivities are supported with evening functions by GABA.
  • The German Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and GABA re-establish initial contacts for close co-operation and representation of GACIC in Brisbane, which finally happen in 2000.
  • Young German Parliamentarians from the German Bundestag visit Queensland, GABA organised itineraries and dinner with Queensland governmental representatives and visits of Queensland’s selected industrial facilities.
  • GABA organise and facilitate ‘German Week’ with participation of Queensland government representatives, Brisbane City Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs. A week of presentations, seminars and entertainment, initiated and managed by GABA president Jürgen Wittenberg.
  • German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce establish office in Brisbane under the leadership of GABA’s past president John Kahlert. From 2000 through 2003, the GABA activities and the chamber activities are largely amalgamated and typically all functions and events co-ordinated.
    GABA supports ‘Australia/Germany Partnership 2000 Action Plan’.
  • GACIC withdraws support for separate office in Queensland due to cost pressures, GABA re-establishes own office and operation.
    Special meeting called to discuss future role of GABA, i.e. facilitation of business and trade networking platform, heath & welfare support for German Community, coordination of social and cultural activities and German language and education support program.
  • Dr. M. Lutz, German Ambassador visits GABA at a Round Table luncheon function in the Brisbane Club with Honorary Consul for Germany Mr. D. Sulzer and other prominent guests from the Brisbane community.
  • GABA Hosts function about ‘Queensland Business and German/European Products’ at Tattersall’s Club with a prominent guest speaker from Suncorp, addressing important process developments in business, such as HR policy grooming and presentation skills.
  • GABA establishes new administrative format. and up-date of GABA website.
    GABA supports Queensland/North-Rhine Westphalia ‘Clean Coal Technology and Renewable Energy Initiative’ by German delegation visiting Queensland.
  • GABA celebrates its 25 years of existence with a special GALA dinner at Queensland Parliament House in April, supported by Brisbane dignities and business leaders.
  • GABA hosts a joint function with GACIC and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) on ‘Local Strength in a Global Recession” featuring N. Ferris of CCIQ and Wendi Levy of Tourism QLD, explaining the success story of ‘The Best Job in the World’ campaign and its lessons for today’s business.
    Australia’s leading Law firm Clayton Utz invites GABA members to a special presentation on ‘The New Industrial Legislation – Key Differences and Consequences’, presented by Hedy Cray in May. Michael Klug, the managing partner of the Brisbane organisation explained business and services of Clayton Utz.
    GABA members enjoyed the presentation of one of the world’s biggest transport and logistics companies DB Schenker at their Brisbane headquarters and warehouse. Schenker presented an insight in today’s modern worldwide logistics.
  • A joint seminar and networking function in February invited GABA members to a topic of ‘Leadership in Difficult Times’, presented in a most relevant talk by Telstra’s Anton Jones.
    The Annual General Meeting of GABA held in March, saw a new constitution presented and approved by the members. The work is a comprehensive update of the initial constitution, in line with the QLD Governmental rules as per the relevant procedures.