Pushing to new heights: Lake Boga Lions Club honoured

STARTING from a conversation over a glass of cold beer, the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum has played an integral part in the community for more than 40 years. 

Lake Boga Lions Club life member Dick Peel first thought of the idea to build a museum after one of the club's regular meetings at the Lake Boga hotel. 

Lake Boga Lions Club life member Dick Peel with the model Catalina he created from multiple Catalinas, on display at the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum. Picture: GEORGIE MORTON

Lake Boga Lions Club life member Dick Peel with the model Catalina he created from multiple Catalinas, on display at the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum. Picture: GEORGIE MORTON

"One day I just happened to say it's a pity we can't find a few old bits of Catalina to put in the park as a monument to those who served here," he told The Guardian. 

"One thing led to another and now this is what you've got." 

In recent weeks, the Lake Boga Lions Club have been recognised for their exceptional community effort in organising the iconic Lake Boga Air Show and Splash In, in conjunction with the Flying Boat Museum, in this year's Victoria Regional Achievement and Community Awards. 

The local club, with just 10 current members, was nominated for the Community Group Award that acknowledges groups who play a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, commercial and environmental prosperity of their region. 

Lake Boga Lions Club president David Mark said he was stoked with the club's nomination. 

"It's always good to be recognised for the work that everybody does," Mr Mark said. 

For more of this story, grab a copy of the June 28 edition of The Guardian.