Our history

Our journey from the ground up

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The Burnie Brae Centre opened in 1984 after seven years of intensive fundraising and lobbying by the Rotary Club of Chermside. The scale of the Rotarians’ commitment ensured the best of beginnings for the Centre.

This commitment was followed with strong membership and a warm environment, which fostered deep friendship and enthusiasm. The Centre was named Burnie Brae after the homestead which originally stood on its present site, and we quickly became known for the wide range of activities and social events enjoyed by our members.

Our focus broadened in 1994 with a major facilities expansion, including a government-funded day respite centre and home maintenance office. This expansion heralded the beginning of a new direction for Burnie Brae, with further services being developed to meet growing community demand, trebling our size and impact.

Opening Café Connect was a long-term goal of ours, and reaching it in 2009 allowed us to provide more social opportunities for our local community. In 2011, the Healthy Connections exercise clinic launched to provide a safe and unique gym and allied health precinct. Since its opening, Healthy Connections has expanded to two new locations in Fitzgibbon and Enoggera.

We successfully collaborated with the Brisbane City Council to redevelop Burnie Brae Park as a recreational space for the community, with special emphasis on the community garden and its shaded exercise stations.

We’ve achieved a lot since we first began in 1984, but we continue to look to our future of improving and maintaining the quality of life for the people in our community.

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