A special feature of the day was the presence of nine float planes on the lake with some offering joy rides.
A majority of Lake Boga Fire Brigade members provided a fire service at both the fuel storage area and during refuelling operations on the lake. Their number included Regional Director Pat O'Brien and wildfire instructor Lindsay Birch.
"We've got three new members," said Lindsay, "and they were all there. They're keen as ..." (Let's just say that Lindsay expressed strong colloquial enthusiasm for their keenness!)
“It was a brilliant day,” continued Lindsay. “People came from interstate and we had a lot of interest at the CFA marquee. People were asking a lot of general questions about fire safety and people especially loved the Landscaping for Bushfire publication. We ran out of those.
“It was a great PR [public relations] exercise for our brigade.”
The Catalina museum has been open for some time but a big shed has now been built over the Catalina. Displays used to be in the old communications bunker but that is now to be restored to its original World War II condition.
Twenty-one planes were originally expected to attend but unfortunately 12 had to pull out due to weather conditions.
Read more about Lake Boga brigade and see photos of an empty lake and historic Catalina images.