Metropolitan Municipality is Ready 24/7 for Snow Fighting

In order to ensure that all teams act in coordination in the expected snowfall and to ensure effective work by responding to the incidents in the fastest possible way, the Metropolitan Municipality has made its final evaluations and is on alert. The Metropolitan Municipality, which has 4 thousand tons of salt in its warehouses, has already completed the process of loading salt into its vehicles to be ready in areas where it is needed.

Following the intermittent snowfall warning for Balıkesir, Metropolitan Municipality teams have completed all preparations to eliminate the negative effects of the snowfall. Taking the necessary precautions upon the instruction of Mayor Yücel Yılmaz, Metropolitan Municipality is on alert 24/7 with its qualified staff and powerful vehicle fleet. The Metropolitan Municipality, which is ready to carry out the necessary operations on the main arteries and streets under its responsibility, also provides support in the areas of responsibility of district municipalities in 20 districts under the coordination of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Disaster Coordination Center. The teams of the Department of Transportation, which take the necessary precautions to ensure that public transportation services are not interrupted in case of adversities, and the teams of the Department of Municipal Police, which will carry out controls in various areas of the city, are also prepared for all circumstances.


İsmail Hakkı Özdek, Maintenance and Repair Chief of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Road Construction Maintenance and Repair Department, said, "We already have 4 thousand tons of salt within the scope of winter measures. We have 23 salting and plowing trucks, 45 construction machines, 6 district construction sites, 1 central construction site and all our staff are on alert 24 hours a day. In this context, we act in line with the notifications received from our law enforcement officers, district municipalities, highways, health institutions and BAKOM. Our 24-hour watch continues."


Citizens who do not have a place to stay in difficult winter conditions due to lack of financial conditions can call 444 40 10 to connect to the Department of Health and Social Services and request assistance. The teams of the Department of Environmental Protection and Control, which meets the food needs of stray animals and cares for them in four seasons, will continue to care for our dear friends in difficult winter conditions.

Deeds will be Given in February in Erdek Kastri

Yücel Yılmaz, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, is solving the zoning problem of citizens in an area of approximately 2 million square meters in Kastri Region of Erdek District. In February, citizens will receive the title deeds they have been waiting for 20 years.

Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Yücel Yılmaz is solving the zoning problem in Kastri Region of Erdek District, which has been waiting to be solved for 20 years. The work carried out for months for the ownership problem involving thousands of title deeds in the region of approximately 2 million square meters and thousands of parcels is being finalized. Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Küçükkaptan announced that they have been working for a long time with all stakeholders, especially Erdek District Governor Abdullah Atakan Atasoy, with the instruction of Mayor Yücel Yılmaz, and that they will finally reach a result that will satisfy the people of Erdek.


Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Küçükkaptan pointed out that they started the works by demonstrating a will with the instruction of Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Yücel Yılmaz and said, "There are over a thousand parcels in the region. If we consider the shareholders, it is thousands of deeds. As Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, we made sacrifices. We did not make any extra demands, we were only on the solution side of the issue."


Dr. Küçükkaptan said that Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality and Mayor Yücel Yılmaz are frequently asked about when the deeds will be given and added, "We are in frequent contact with our Land Registry Directorate. The process is about to be completed. If the Land Registry Directorate does not encounter any problems, it will carry out the deed registration procedures and deliver them to the district municipality in February. Our citizens will also receive their deeds from the district municipality quickly. I would like to thank our Mayor Yücel Yılmaz for solving another wound that has been bleeding for years."

Trilogy Books of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Introduced with a Launch in Istanbul

Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, which broke new ground by receiving four international awards for its trilogy of books "Balıkesir City of 50 Cheeses", "Balıkesir, Land of the Olive" and "Balıkesir, City of Bread", organized a magnificent launch event in Istanbul with the participation of gourmet writers and members of the press to introduce the books.

Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, which created a book series for cheese, olive and bread born in Anatolian soil, broke new ground by receiving four international awards with the trilogy of books "Balıkesir City of 50 Cheeses", "Balıkesir, Land of the Olive" and "Balıkesir, City of Bread" prepared by Neşe Aksoy Biber and Berrin Bal Onur. A new door was opened in the gastronomy world with the value chain created by the three books describing the flavor heritage of Balıkesir and the international success of the books. The award-winning trilogy describing the city's cheese, olive and bread culture was introduced to all stakeholders of the gastronomy industry with an experiential launch event organized by Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality in Istanbul. Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality brought together gastronomy experts, chefs and members of the press at this special event and hosted the culinary culture experience of Balıkesir, which has won the world's appreciation.


The works prepared by Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality in collaboration with Neşe Aksoy Biber and Berrin Bal Onur have been included in the literature as valuable publications promoting the city's rich cheese, olive and bread culture internationally. In the panel titled "Balıkesir's Gastronomy Treasure" moderated by NTV Content Coordination Director Cengizhan Koca at the launch event in Istanbul, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Yücel Yılmaz and authors Berrin Bal Onur and Neşe Aksoy Biber shared with the guests comprehensive information about the diversity and protection of Balıkesir's local flavors, how the microeconomy formed by gastronomic values can reach a level that will contribute to the national economy, and the city's rich culinary culture.


Speaking at the panel, Berrin Bal Onur stated that for the first time in Türkiye, a city respects 3 ancient foods born in our lands; cheese, olive and bread with a cultural series consisting of books and said "This pride belongs to Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality." and thanked the municipality for its support.


Neşe Aksoy Biber said; "Our book series is the product of a deep study carried out with Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, which has a wonderful vision and a great team behind it. These 3 books were written with the inspiration of the fertile lands and hardworking people of Balıkesir. It was our biggest wish that these books would make our country's riches more talked about, our local products more appreciated and consumed, and open the door to international studies."


Emphasizing that Balıkesir has a rich food culture that combines all the beauties of both the Aegean and Marmara regions, Yücel Yılmaz, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, said: "We are the city that feeds Türkiye with our honey, cream, cheese, olive oil, lamb and cheese. If the raw material of a city is good, its cuisine is also good. We have known and unproduced cheeses. We sponsor each of these cheeses separately, have them produced by our small producers and put them into consumption within the supply chain. But our most original agenda at the moment is to establish production bases in the municipality's own dairy farm together with the Governorship of Balıkesir, South Marmara Development Agency and NGOs. We are establishing their sales points in the districts that people visit the most, such as Havran, İvrindi and Sındırgı, which have a historical mission."


Stating that Balıkesir is an organic city, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz said: "All the cheeses you see here are produced with the tradition practiced for centuries. Balıkesir is a gastronomically rich city. Türkiye's most delicious olive oil and the most delicious lamb can be found in Balıkesir. We know the producers of the cheese, olives, lamb and honey we eat in Balıkesir, Balıkesir is such a city. Our chestnut honey and pine honey have received worldwide awards."


Giving good news at the panel, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz stated that they are planning to publish the honey book written by authors Neşe Aksoy Biber and Berrin Bal Onur in March, in which everything about honey is explained in all details and production in Balıkesir, which has 21 kinds of honey. 


AK Party Balıkesir Deputy Mustafa Canbey, who attended the launch, said that gastronomy is a very growing and developing field and said, "In this sense, it is very important for Balıkesir to take part in this. It will continue to accelerate from now on. The efforts of our Metropolitan Mayor are really appropriate. This meeting is very meaningful. Balıkesir has a beautiful infrastructure. This infrastructure needs to be polished. Mayor Yılmaz is doing this in the best way possible and will continue to do so in the coming period."


AK Party Balıkesir Deputy İsmail Ok thanked Metropolitan Mayor Yücel Yılmaz for organizing great events to promote the values of Balıkesir, the city that feeds Türkiye and said: "We are very lucky because there is nothing that is not produced in Balıkesir. Products that prolong the life of people are produced. With the contributions of our Metropolitan Municipality, MPs and ministries, Balıkesir is taking firm steps towards becoming the star of Türkiye."


Stating that Balıkesir is located in a very rich region with its olives, cheese, bread and lamb, AK Party Balıkesir Provincial Chairman Mehmet Aydemir thanked Mayor Yücel Yılmaz for bringing these riches not only to Balıkesir but also to the international arena. 

AK Party Balıkesir Provincial Chairman Mehmet Aydemir, AK Party Balıkesir Deputies İsmail Ok and Mustafa Canbey, authors of the books Berrin Bal Onur and Neşe Aksoy Biber, gourmet authors Vahap Munyar, Ebru Erke, Fatoş Karahasan, Volkan Aki, Çisil Sohodol, Deniz Sipahi, Banu Şen, Orkun Bulut, Meliha Okur, Tuluhan Tekelioğlu, Yazgülü Aldoğan and members of the press attended the launch hosted by Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Yücel Yılmaz.

An Enthusiastic Welcome for Yücel Yılmaz

Yücel Yılmaz, the current mayor of Balıkesir, who was announced as AK Party's candidate for Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality again, was welcomed in a festive atmosphere with the magnificent enthusiasm of the people of Balıkesir on his return from Istanbul. Addressing the citizens at Ali Hikmet Pasha Square where a huge crowd gathered, Mayor Yılmaz said: "Serving our Balıkesir is the most honorable and proudest duty for us. We will work hard to make Balıkesir number one in Türkiye."

Yesterday, at the Candidate Presentation Meeting held at Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, the current Metropolitan Mayor Yücel Yılmaz, who was announced by President and AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the Mayor Candidate of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality for the March 31st Local Elections, was welcomed by the people of Balıkesir on the roads. Welcomed with a great flood of love at Değirmen Boğazı, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz's vehicle was stopped at Paşaalanı Neighborhood and the people of Balıkesir expressed their happiness. Then, getting out of the vehicle in front of the Ordu Evi, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz, together with his wife Mehtap Yılmaz, was welcomed with great happiness and intense interest by the citizens despite the pouring rain. Walking from Milli Kuvvetler Street to Ali Hikmet Paşa Square together with the enthusiastic people of Balıkesir, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz was greeted with the cheers of the citizens when he arrived at the square.


AK Party Provincial Chairman Mehmet Aydemir, who made the opening speech by saying that they are really joyful and happy, but one side of them is mourning for Hüseyin Murat Uysal, the President of the Provincial Youth Branches who lost his life, said: "Mayor Yılmaz has built and will continue to build everywhere from the countryside to Gulf without making any discrimination in all his works in 20 districts. We, as AK Party staff, will continue to support Mayor Yılmaz. As AK Party staff, we will stand firmly behind our Mayor Yılmaz in our 20 districts. I would like to thank our MHP Provincial President. We are always together in the Cumhur Alliance."


Nationalist Movement Party Provincial Chairman Niyazi Tunç thanked the citizens who came from 20 districts of Balıkesir and filled the area in a strong way and said, "Our President extends his greetings to Balıkesir. As the Cumhur Alliance, we will be together with our Mayor Yılmaz. Thank you all."


8 months ago, AK Party Balıkesir Deputy Ali Taylan Öztaylan said that they will strongly support Yücel Yılmaz, who worked relentlessly in the general elections, and said, "We will plant the flag of AK Party in Balıkesir again. We will work tirelessly for our Mayor Yücel Yılmaz, who completed his apprenticeship period in Karesi, completed his journeyman period in Metropolitan, and is now the President of the Union of Municipalities of Türkiye, who will start his mastership period."


Expressing that the enthusiastic crowd is ready to put the AK Party stamp on Balıkesir again, Balıkesir Deputy Mustafa Canbey said, "We are just getting started. We will work together on the streets of Balıkesir. Ziya Pasha has a very nice saying; 'Ayinesi iştir kişinin lafa bakılmaz ("Tree is known by its fruit.") The works of our Mayor Yılmaz and AK Municipality are everywhere in Balıkesir. With your support, we will continue to realize our services from now on. May Yücel Yılmaz be the Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality."


Thanking the citizens who filled the square despite the pouring rain, AK Party Balıkesir Deputy İsmail Ok said, "I believe that we will win all 20 of the 20 districts as the Cumhur Alliance, especially our Metropolitan Mayor Candidate Yücel Yılmaz, with your support and thanks to you in the March 31 local elections."


Emphasizing that they will continue their journey to the Metropolitan Municipality in Balıkesir with Yücel Yılmaz and win again, AK Party Deputy Chairwoman and also Balıkesir Deputy Belgin Uygur said that they will raise Balıkesir to the top again with Yücel Yılmaz in the Century of Turkiye.


Delivering his welcoming speech with the slogans "Balıkesir will not be without him, our Mayor Yücel Yılmaz" accompanied by a great applause, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Yücel Yılmaz said; " Allah granted me to be the Mayor of Karesi between 2014-2019. We were with you. We worked day and night with our friends in this city. Many of our friends made great efforts. In 2019, our President said, 'Come on Yücel, Metropolitan Municipality is entrusted to you, keep going'. With your support, since March 31, 2019, Allah has given us the opportunity to serve the whole of such a beautiful city, to be concerned with all of it, to be at one with all of it.


Eyes that see, people who look see that Yücel Yılmaz and his team served this city 365 days a year without resting. While serving, we had another friend with us; Hüseyin Murat Uysal. Hüseyin Murat has a legacy for us; he said 'take care of this city and the youth of this city'. May Allah have mercy on him. May Allah be pleased with him. We will not forget him, we will not leave his family behind. We will accept our young people as his legacy and continue to work.


Since 2014, we have been working together day and night, spending time, we are concerned, we love our city and the people of our city. We are working so that no one is left behind anywhere. Yesterday, together with our team, our district mayors, our women's branches, our friends in our main organization, we appeared before Mr. President. From there, our President announced 24 mayor candidates to all of Türkiye. One of them is Balıkesir Metropolitan. Praise be to Allah, he once again said 'you are in charge, keep going'.


They said 'Yücel, we are sure of you and we will do this together'. I am very strong. I have the Cumhur Alliance standing firmly behind me. We have an alliance that says we are behind this country and this government, not for something, not asking for anything. We are not dealing with the minutiae. We have Mr. Devlet Bahçeli and his big-hearted team who say we are behind you unconditionally. We thank them. In 20 districts, we will fight as one party, as one heart.


Our concern is to serve the country. This is why we work day and night. Our President says, 'Run for office to be a servant. You don't ask for a task, you are given a task.' With this motto, we make our consultations with our friends and put our affairs in order. On March 31, 2019, I was elected. The day I was elected, we called the mayors of our 20 districts. We called the candidates, no matter which party they were from. We said, everyone has things they want to do for this city; what would you like to do? When I went to every village and coffee house, the citizens told us our duty. The needs of this city, the people of this city told us. We took note of them one by one. We worked for 5 years for total development. We have 20 districts. We are developing each of the 20 districts.


I promise here that serving Balıkesir is the most honorable and proudest duty for us. I promise that we will work day and night with our teams to serve our 20 districts without excuses, and we will work to make Balıkesir number one in everything in Türkiye. Young people will not look for a job in Balıkesir, the soil will be fertile in Balıkesir. Balıkesir will be a barrier-free city, our disabled citizens will not have difficulties. Business people in Balıkesir will not be hindered, investments will be made. All NGOs will be supported. We are not telling a dream when we say this. We have already been doing this for 5 years. We are promoting and supporting Balıkesir's industry, NGOs, Chambers of Commerce, lamb, cheese, bread and rice.


We are working day and night with our friends so that no one is left behind. Promise me. On March 31, will we work day and night again? Will we work with passion for the Cumhur Alliance to win 20 districts? May Allah bless you, let us work day and night and fulfill our promises to this nation. I offer my respects to all of you."

Metropolitan Municipality Brought Breedings to Breeders in Kepsut

Under the leadership of Mayor Yücel Yılmaz, the Metropolitan Municipality, which continues to work with determination to move Balıkesir to the top in ovine production, distributed breeding rams to 81 breeders in Kepsut district. Making its sixth distribution in Kepsut, the Metropolitan Municipality has distributed a total of 762 breeding animals in the last 4 years.

Supporting small producers in Balıkesir, the capital of agriculture and animal husbandry, the Metropolitan Municipality continues its efforts under the leadership of Mayor Yücel Yılmaz to make production more quality and efficient and to contribute to the city economy by increasing the added value of the producers. Since the day Mayor Yücel Yılmaz took office, 5 Balıkesir Lamb Breeding Production Centers have been established in the city and the breeders produced in these centers have been brought together with the producers in order to increase productivity in production by ensuring blood change in ovine production and to obtain quality flocks.


Working with determination to bring Balıkesir to the top in ovine breeding, the Metropolitan Municipality is the municipality that has improved the most pastures in Türkiye, exceeding 10 thousand acres in pasture improvement. The Metropolitan Municipality, which delivered 81 breeding rams to the producers in Kepsut district with a ceremony, is holding a breeding sheep distribution ceremony in the district for the sixth time since the day Mayor Yücel Yılmaz took office. Together with the previous breeding animal distributions, the Metropolitan Municipality brought together a total of 762 breeding animals with breeders in Kepsut.


Erkan Alkan, Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry, said that Balıkesir is really a great city in all the products it produces in agriculture and animal husbandry and added: "Pasture improvements are being carried out. I would like to thank our Metropolitan Municipality for this. I think it is really valuable. I wish that the distributed rams will be beneficial to our producers."


Stating that Balıkesir is a city with a very large geography and has more than 900 villages in 20 districts, Kepsut Mayor İsmail Cankul said that more and more producers will be reached every day with the rams produced in the breeding facility.


Emphasizing that Balıkesir is a very beautiful city, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz underlined that the only need of the city is to work, share, support those who produce and increase productivity. Stating that people live with their goals, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz said, "As goals are set, the joy of life comes to people and abundance increases. Because there is a task that they focus on and set a goal for. As Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, we are also in love with our city. We are making the sixth distribution in Kepsut. We are fulfilling the promise we made to 81 citizens in the previous distribution. May our rams be auspicious. I wish the abundance of our Kepsut to spread all over Türkiye and I would like to extend my regards."

In addition to Yücel Yılmaz, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, AK Party Deputy Chairman for Civil Society and Public Relations and also Balıkesir Deputy Belgin Uygur, AK Party Organization Presidency Mediterranean Regional Coordinator Kasım Bostan, Kepsut Mayor İsmail Cankul, Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry Erkan Alkan, district directors, political party representatives, heads of cooperatives and unions, mukhtars and producers attended the ram distribution ceremony.

Restoration of Historic Station Buildings Continues

Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Küçükkaptan, who examined the restoration and reconstruction works that will transform the historical train station buildings into a giant Art Center, said, "These buildings will be a gift of our Mayor Yücel Yılmaz to the cultural and art history of our city."

The restoration works initiated by Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality in the historical train station buildings continue. Three buildings, two of which are registered, located in Altıeylül District Gümüşçeşme Neighborhood in an area of approximately 10 thousand square meters will be put into service as a giant Art Center after the restoration works are completed. A winter garden will also be built as part of the project.


Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Küçükkaptan, who examined the works planned to be completed in the near future together with Koray Karabulut, Head of the Department of Urban History and Promotion, and the control team, said, "We have received details about the functions of the buildings where restoration works are underway, the manufacturing process and the stage they are at. We will present the historical buildings, the restoration of which we plan to complete in a short time, to the service of our fellow citizens of Balıkesir as an Art Center. These buildings will be a gift of our Metropolitan Mayor Yücel Yılmaz to the cultural and artistic history of our city. We will also have surprises for our citizens in this area."


Renovating Balıkesir's cultural and historical assets in accordance with the original and bringing them to the city, Metropolitan Municipality accelerated the restoration works of locomotive maintenance garage, warehouse and a lodging building on an area of 10 thousand square meters in Altıeylül District Gümüşçeşme Neighborhood. The buildings, which are located at the northeast end of the TCDD Station area and have been idle for years, will become a contemporary art center with its art gallery, library and restaurant after the completion of the works.


The building complex, which was carried out with the support of the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, is expected to become an important cultural destination for both the people of Balıkesir and visitors visiting the city after the reconstruction and restoration works.

Mothers to Sports, Children to Play

Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality is launching the "Mothers to Sports, Children to Play" project to support the participation of mothers with children between the ages of 3-6 in sports. Free transportation will be provided for the event to be held at Ali Hikmet Paşa Sports Complex.

Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality transformed Ali Hikmet Paşa Sports Facilities into a fully equipped sports and living complex and put it back into service for the use of all citizens. Implementing the "Mothers to Sports, Children to Play" project for mothers with children between the ages of 3-6 at the sports complex, where citizens as well as Amateur Sports Clubs can make the most of it, the Metropolitan Municipality held the introductory meeting of the project at the Avlu Congress Center with more than 700 mothers and their children who applied. Within the scope of the project, women will do sports 2 days a week in the fully equipped fitness center at Ali Hikmet Paşa Sports Complex, accompanied by expert female trainers. Mothers who will participate in the "Mothers to Sports, Children to Play" project, which will also provide physiotherapist and dietician support, will be transported to the sports complex by a free shuttle service departing from Balıkesir Public Transportation Center.


Thanks to the "Mothers to Sports, Children to Play" project implemented by Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Yücel Yılmaz to support the participation of mothers with young children who have no one to take care of them in healthy life activities, mothers will gain healthy life awareness by doing regular and healthy sports, while children will have fun in the play and activity area specially created for them, accompanied by a supervisor.

The mothers who participated in the project expressed their satisfaction and thanked Yücel Yılmaz, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, and stated that they enjoyed participating in the project.

Skate Parks, a Favorite of Young People, are Popularizing

Providing services to every inch of the city, Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, after the Avlu Life Center and Atatürk Park in the city center, the Metropolitan Municipality, which created a skate park on the Bandırma Coast, is now bringing a skate park to Akçay.

In 4.5 years, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz has contributed to the economic, social and cultural life of Balıkesir with the principle of providing equal services to each of its 20 districts. The Metropolitan Municipality, which has opened pastures in rural areas and made them productive, widened and arranged field and olive grove roads, donated equipment, seeds, saplings and breeding animals to producers and established Balıkesir Lamb Production Centers, also adds color to the cultural and social life of the city.

After the Avlu Life Center and Atatürk Park in the city center, the Metropolitan Municipality, which created a skate park on the Bandırma Coast, is now building a skate park in Akçay. Skate parks, which are the favorite of young people and children, will be established in other districts in line with the works.


Within the scope of the works carried out in Akçay Altinkum Beach 2nd Stage; a 40X20 sized skate park is being created. In addition to the skate park, 30 percent of the 10-acre area, behind which a parking lot for 120 cars was built, was planned as a green area. The grass to be used in landscaping is also produced at the Metropolitan Municipality Farmer Training Center (BAÇEM). The Metropolitan Municipality will now use the grass grown by itself in all applications throughout the city.


Stating that the skate park being built in Akçay is the 4th skate park built by the Metropolitan Municipality throughout the city, Kurthan Gencel, Technical Branch Manager of the Metropolitan Municipality 1st District Regional District Services Department, said, "The arrangement of green areas in the area covers approximately 10 acres. The works will continue gradually and in stages. Our work here will be completed within a month. The playground, sports fields and skate park will be put into service in a short time. We personally touch people's lives in the works we carry out in line with the vision of our Mayor Yücel Yılmaz."

Metropolitan Municipality Provides Quality Transportation Service with Trained Drivers

Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, which serves an average of 33 thousand passengers daily with 296 bus drivers by prioritizing the safety and comfort of citizens, continues to train its drivers without interruption.

The trainings that Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Yücel Yılmaz has been giving to bus drivers in certain periods since 2019 in order to provide safe and comfortable transportation service to the people of Balıkesir continue uninterruptedly. The drivers of Balıkesir Public Transportation Inc. (BTT), a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Municipality, which serves an average of 33 thousand passengers daily with 296 bus drivers on 220 lines and 1,394 trips across the city, successfully completed the solution-focused communication trainings.

Thanks to the trainings aimed at improving communication skills, proactively resolving difficulties, emphasizing corporate awareness and perfecting the service concept, a friendly and respectful communication takes place between bus drivers and passengers.


The drivers of the Metropolitan Municipality, who have recently brought the citizens who got sick on the buses in Balıkesir Center and Bandırma district to the hospital in the fastest and coolest way, effectively apply the trainings they have received while performing their duties. 


Expressing that they are very satisfied with the trainings given to them, the drivers of the metropolitan municipality stated that they have been psychologically supported, they have learned how to treat passengers and how to provide better service.

Balıkesir City Council Continues its Path with Common Mind

Attending the Ordinary General Assembly Meeting of Balıkesir City Council, which he led the establishment of 4 years ago with the awareness of managing the city with a common mind, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz thanked the members of the City Council who voluntarily work for Balıkesir without any expectation and emphasized that 20 districts are getting stronger and stronger by taking strength from each other.

The Ordinary General Assembly Meeting of Balıkesir City Council, which has been successfully continuing its activities since the day it was founded in order to develop city vision and citizenship awareness, protect city law, sustainable development, environmental awareness, social assistance and solidarity, governance, participation and partnership in solution, was held at Avlu Congress and Culture Center. The Ordinary General Assembly Meeting of Balıkesir City Council started with a moment of silence in memory of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades-in-arms and the National Anthem, followed by the screening of the Balıkesir City Council activities video. Immediately afterwards, protocol speeches were given.


"One's problem is his/her cause. Our only concern, our only cause has been the ancient city of Balıkesir." Mürsel Sabancı, President of Balıkesir City Council, made his opening speech and said: "The whole city together; with faith, passion and 100 years of pride, we have been concerned. Until this day, the law of fellow citizenship, which is the reason for the existence of the City Council, and city belonging has been the priority of all of us. I would like to thank our Governor and Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality Mr. Yücel Yılmaz for opening and guiding our journey, and may our General Assembly be auspicious."


Stating that there is no other city in the world that can come together as fast as Balıkesir and carry out so many activities, Yücel Yılmaz, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, said; "In every field, they worked in a structure that constantly has commissions working, councils taking decisions, and giving horizons and inspiration everywhere. Our citizens who come to the City Council come voluntarily. Without any expectation, they work with the logic that only the right things should be done in the city, the youth should be peaceful, the elderly should be taken care of, and the disabled should be comfortable. Loyalty is something else, and our Loyalty Assembly works very differently. It visits everyone who is a trustee of the city separately. They have no expectations, they are volunteers. Maybe none of them asked each other which party they vote for. They are all working together. Our 20 districts are getting stronger and stronger by taking strength from each other. If they were to make a survey on which city in Türkiye has the highest increase in brand value, Balıkesir would probably emerge as the city with a shining brand and value. Our City Council shed light on all of these. It reveals the power of the city with a supra-political approach."


Stating that Balıkesir City Council was established by the good people of Balıkesir gathering around a common idea and a common mind, Governor İsmail Ustaoğlu said: "I see this city as a city where love, conversation and brotherhood are experienced at the highest level. The crowd in the hall reflects the title of the beautiful city of Kuvayi Milliye. I present my respect to all of you."

Following the protocol speeches, "City Gratitude Certificate" was presented to the names who made significant contributions to Balıkesir's culture, art and gastronomy. City Gratitude Certificates were presented to;

Berrin Bal Onur and Neşe Aksoy Biber, who contributed to the promotion and gastronomy culture of the city with their books ""Balıkesir,  City of 50 Cheeses", "Balıkesir, City of Bread" and "Balıkesir, the Land of Olive",

Kürşat Zeytincilik, which contributed to gastronomy culture and development by establishing the Olive Industry Museum in Ayvalık, 

To Dr. Hüseyin Balkancı for his efforts in making Balıkesir's name known in Turkish Music and for his contributions to culture and art life, 

To Mehmet Çobanoğlu for his contributions to the preservation of the historical and cultural civilization accumulation we have in Balıkesir Aba Weaving and transferring it to future generations,

To Savaştepe Sarıbeyler Shuttle Weaving Master Fatma Cengiz for her contribution to the preservation of historical and cultural civilization and transferring it to future generations,

To Hasan Aycın, who was deemed worthy of the Presidential Culture and Art Grand Awards in the Caricature Branch,

"City Gratitude Certificate" was presented to Özem'le Yaşam Company for its contribution to the social, economic life, historical values, gastronomy culture and development of the city. 

After the presentation of "City Gratitude Certificate", the agenda items were discussed by the council. All agenda items were unanimously approved by the members of Balıkesir City Council.


Meeting with the members of Balıkesir City Council in the foyer area at the end of the program, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz emphasized that the 20 districts of Balıkesir, the City of Kuvayı Milliye, have grown by adding strength to each other and said, "The slogan 'let's act together with common sense, let's strengthen our city', which we started in 2019, has found its place. The City Council embraces this the most. I think that the City Council brings all the values of the city to the top. As the Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, I am very pleased to lead this, as someone who accompanies the journey of revealing the potential of people."

"Everyone who said 'I am here for Balıkesir, I want to do something for Balıkesir' was here." Mehtap Yılmaz said, "It was great to be worthy of so many congratulations and kindness. We were very honored and proud, thank you."


City Council General Assembly Member Jale Bayraktar wished the General Assembly of the City Council to be auspicious and said, "We know that the works of Balıkesir City Council are an example for Türkiye. I thank him for his support and wish him and the City Council staff success in the upcoming period."


City Council Agriculture and Livestock Working Group Representative Berrin Yetkin Var said that they came from Gönen both to support Mayor Yücel Yılmaz and to thank him sincerely for bringing together the women of the Kuvayı Milliye as the city of Kuvayı Milliye and said, "He gave his best support for the empowerment of women outside of politics. We have all gathered together to support him."