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  • 6 Feb 2019 2:00 PM | Bill Anderson (Administrator)

    To book a scenic flight on the beautiful Grumman Mallard over the Festival weekend, please email JENNA BOLTON at jbolton@paspaley.com.au

    Bookings will open on Monday 11 February!

    The cost will be $200 per seat for an amazing amphibious flight experience commencing at, and returning to the historic Rathmines hard stand via the WWII flying boat ramp.

    The flights will take place on Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 May.

    Best regards,

    Bill Anderson 0418 770 400

  • 15 Dec 2018 11:53 AM | Bill Anderson (Administrator)


    Presidents Report
    December 2018

    Most important item for this newsletter is to wish all our members and followers a very Merry Christmas and an exciting 2019.  Your support is appreciated by myself, the RCA committee and restoration team.

    The end of the year is upon us and it is timely to look back at the highlights and achievements of 2018 and to look forward to 2019.

          A welcome to the new members who have signed on this year, many are keen to keep abreast of the restoration and several have pitched in to become hands-on at the aircraft.

          Our work days of Saturday, Monday and Wednesday are well attended and you are most welcome to pay us a visit. Please contact me first.  The boys will finish up on Wednesday the 19th and return January 7th. The restoration lunch table has become something of a culinary challenge…see the photos!

          Great progress has been made on the centre wing section and the fuselage, plenty more to do! Terry Fahey will report on progress at the aircraft.

          The AGM in July was well attended with the committee being re-elected and I thank them for all the time they offer to facilitate our goals.

          The memorial garden has had a re plant, looks lovely and should be a picture by next April. Some of you may not be aware that some plants were dug up and removed…what can I say. 

          Festival planning is in full swing. Response to our sponsorship requests was encouraging and the major sponsors for Festival 2019 are: Centennial Coal, LMCC, Kennards Hire, Origin Energy, Newcastle Machinery Sales, Fly Pelican and Pumps 2000. There is always a need for volunteers leading up to and at the Festival…please make contact if you can spare some time. There will be a VIP marquee for our sponsors, if any member has an RSA qualification I would like to hear from you.

          The dialogue with LMCC staff and Councillors continues and there have been numerous positive meetings as they work through the development of the Rathmines Park Management Plan.  It does seem like slow going at times but I know that Council staff want to get it right and we will support them in achieving a vibrant outcome.

          2019 will be an important year.  Records indicate that RAAF Rathmines was established in 1939….80 years next year! I would hope that 2019 will see the Park plan released and the future of ‘Our Girl’ secured within that plan.   

    Best regards,

    Bill Anderson

  • 15 Sep 2018 11:41 AM | Bill Anderson (Administrator)

    The RATHMINES CATALINA FESTIVAL Exhibitors' Expression of Interest form is now available for download HERE.

    Please note that this form is due in mid November!

    If you have any questions contact Warwick Fairweather on 0412 774 496 or email festival@rathmines-catalina.com

    The Car Show application form is available HERE

  • 5 Sep 2018 7:00 PM | Bill Anderson (Administrator)

    Our Annual General Meeting was held at Rathmines Bowling Club on 21 August, and was very well attended. Apart from the business conducted, it was a great opportunity to meet fellow members and socialise. I would like to thank outgoing Committee Member Graeme Hooper for his service. Two new Committee Members were elected: I welcome Terry Woolard and Warwick Fairweather to the committee. Thanks also to all who attended the AGM.

    The Association recently lodged a submission in response to LMCC’s Draft Rathmines Park Conservation Managent Plan. We hope that the RCA suggestions will be incorporated into the final CMP report.

    Preparations for the 2019 Rathmines Catalina Festival are well underway. Please remind your friends and family that the next Festival will be held on 19 May 2019.

    Best Regards,

    Bill Anderson

  • 8 Jun 2018 10:02 AM | Bill Anderson (Administrator)

    Due to operational and planning requirements, the next Rathmines Catalina Festival will be held on 19 May 2019.

    This change from hot October to cooler May should also make for a more comfortable and enjoyable Festival.

    Watch out for new attractions at Rathmines at the Festival next year!

  • 31 May 2018 5:00 PM | Bill Anderson (Administrator)

    Anzac Day
    If you were able to attend, I expect you would share the view that it was an excellent service.  Penny and Rob Furner and several RCA volunteers put in a huge amount of time to make it so successful. Members of 11 Squadron were present both on the ground and in the air. Towards the close of the ceremony, the arrival overhead (at 300 feet) of an 11 squadron P8 was spectacular.

  • 26 May 2018 5:09 PM | Bill Anderson (Administrator)

    Dinner and movie night
    This was held at the Rathmines Bowling Club in mid-May with over 60 attendees.  An excellent night, good company and food.  Our thanks to caterers Lisa and Daryl.   We will arrange other similar events in the coming months.

  • 26 May 2018 3:02 PM | Deleted user

    Due to operational and planning requirements, the next Rathmines Catalina Festival will be held on 19 May 2019.

    This change from hot October to cooler May should also make for a more comfortable and enjoyable Festival.

    Watch out for new attractions at Rathmines at the Festival next year!

  • 16 Apr 2018 3:29 PM | Deleted user

    A brother’s search uncovers a lost Australian air war...
    NSW lawyer Bob Cleworth went on an impossible search for his brother Reg, lost at the bottom of the South China Sea in a Catalina flying boat in 1945. He uncovered the incredible lost history of Australia’s WWII RAAF flying boat crews who flew top-secret missions for legendary U.S. General Douglas MacArthur - only to be forgotten. Now, surviving WWII Cat crews speak up.

    Join the RCMPA members and friends, WWII RAAF veterans and filmmaker Robert Cockburn for dinner at a special viewing of the first edit of Into the South China Sea at Rathmines Bowling Club. Tickets $58.50 ($50 for RCMPA members) for a two-course meal with the movie.

    Is an Australian WWII air war officially forgotten after 70 years?

    Buy tickets at www.rathmines-catalina.com

  • 16 Apr 2018 2:41 PM | Deleted user

    Will you be available on Anzac Day? Don't forget to join us for the ceremony at Rathmines Memorial Point.

    Our March will start from the Bowling Club at 12md with the Service commencing at 12.30pm at the Memorial.

    Following the service, Lunch will be at the Bowling club with entertainment provided by the popular ‘Sydney Swing Club’ & 'Jumping Juke Box’.

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