Hello to all. Summer has ended and we now appear to be heading towards some cooler weather. The restoration team have put in a mighty effort during the summer months and endured some very hot days. A few points to update you on our past and future activities.
• Our Rathmines Anzac Day Service will commence with a march to the Memorial at 1200 and the commemorative service will begin at 1230. I look forward to seeing you there on April 25th.
• The engine and tailplane were delivered to our storage site on Tuesday, March 12th. Several of the restoration team gave their time to assist with the unloading and we have thanked the RAAF personnel and Centennial Coal staff for their support.
• Our Base Tours are gaining awareness and enquiry is continuing to grow. A group from Asquith Probus enjoyed a tour recently and they followed on with a visit to the aircraft. In January, a group of 35 men and women from RAAF Williamtown booked in for a tour and also a visit to the aircraft. This visit has been the trigger for ongoing discussions about our restoration, but has extended to the RAAF Centenary in 2021 and event / celebration planning. We are in discussion with Air Force staff and Council about the inclusion of Rathmines Park and the RCA in their ‘AF 2021’ event planning.
• Festival organisation is continuing and there are some exciting developments. Since the December newsletter we have a new ‘Silver’ sponsor. Macquarie Manufacturing made contact in January and are now a major sponsor for the 2019 Festival, based at Rathmines …we welcome their support. In recent weeks agreement has been reached with the Paspaley Group (Paspaley Pearling Company) to have one of their Grumman Mallards fly from Darwin to Rathmines. The flight to and from Darwin is a charter operation and all of the passenger seats are fully booked. On Saturday May 18th and Sunday 19th, joy flights are still available to the public, with the seat cost is just $200. A very unique opportunity to experience a brief sea plane flight, including a takeoff and landing on the lake. More information will be posted on our website and social media.
• The State election on Saturday March 23rd will see us outside Woolworths at Toronto running a sausage sizzle. Should this newsletter reach you in time, please come along and say hello.
• Finally, an ongoing call for volunteers at the restoration and also the Festival. The Restoration has a meaningful spot for all manner of skills and feet on the ground at the Festival would be appreciated. Please contact me by phone (0418 770 400) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes, Bill Anderson