The Burnie Brae Centre opened in 1984 following 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. What followed was strong membership and a warm and welcoming environment which fostered friendship and enthusiasm. Named Burnie Brae after the homestead which stood on its present site, the Centre quickly became known for the wide range of activities and social events enjoyed by its members.
The focus of the Centre broadened in 1994 with a major expansion of the facilities, including a Government-funded Day Respite Centre and Home Maintenance Office. This expansion heralded the beginning of a new direction for the Centre, with further services being developed to meet growing community demand and trebling the size of the organisation.