THE former RAAF base hospital at Rathmines has been renovated and transformed into a multi-purpose venue which will be officially opened soon.

The historic building’s new name, Catalina Conference Centre, tells only part of the story.

The property is now available to host everything from business conferences and corporate team-building weekends, to family reunions, hobby groups, grey nomads and residential camps for disability, church, school and social groups.

The building was bought in 2014 by Disability Life Enrichment, a charity committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The charity’s founder David Hagen said the building’s layout and lakeside location was a winning combination.

“When I saw the building, I wanted to turn it into a space that benefited the community,” Mr Hagen said.

“The spacious facilities, and peaceful surrounds on the lakefront, combine to make this centre a truly unique property. It’s a place where people can meet together, even if only for a few days, and build meaningful relationships.”

Heritage issues have limited the extent of renovations permitted to the property.

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