The members of Rathmines Catalina Association are involved in a wide range of community activities:
Preserving the history of RAAF Rathmines and the Catalina flying boat
Community centre and museum - Partnering with Lake Macquarie City Council and other organisations to develop an interpretive community centre and museum at Rathmines to preserve the history of the RAAF base and its servicemen and women.
Catalina Festival - Organising the biennial Rathmines Catalina Festival. More
Base tours - Conducting tours of the former Air Force Base. More
Catalina flying boat restoration - Restoring a PBY-5A Catalina flying boat ('Our Girl'). More.
Remembering our servicemen
Anzac Day Service - Facilitating the Rathmines Anzac Day Service.
Memorial walls - Administering the Memorial Walls at Rathmines Memorial Park. More
Working alongside other organisations - Working with government bodies and other organisations to honour the service of RAAF personnel engaged in flying boat operations during WWII
Our volunteers raise funds in as many ways as we can - running tours of the RAAF base, the biennial Catalina Festival, and so on - and we have wonderful support from a number of local businesses and other organisations.
We give our time freely, but refurbishing an old aircraft requires all sorts of parts, services and equipment!
Please consider becoming a supporter and donating to this important local project of national historical significance. Our President Bill Anderson will be happy to discuss this with you.