People Helping People
Life for The People Place, began through the formation of The Busselton Family Centre which was established in 1993. At that time Busselton was a country shire and part of the Vasse electorate. The population of Vasse in 1993 was recorded as 22,600 people.
The centre was officially opened in January 1993, to house the Kindergarten of the Busselton Primary School when it was relocated from the central shopping precinct site to Geographe. The Child Health Centre was co-located in the building and the kindergarten was moved onto the school site. The building then housed a 4-year-old program and focused on families and activities for children. Funded by the Dept for Communities the centre supported this service provision to the wider community.
Rich in People and Culture
Families would travel from outlying areas such as Scott River in the lower South West combining a weekly business trip with children attending Playgroup or four year olds whilst connecting with family. Today teenagers and mothers come back and reminisce about their days attending activities as children.
Over the years the purpose of the Centre has remained constant. To improve and enrich the quality of people’s lives, in a safe, secure and welcoming facility. Bringing together diverse groups to share information and activities, expanding their knowledge and potential, helping the community to prosper and grow.
Evolving into The People Place
At a brand launch on Tuesday 17th July 2017, the long awaited announcement of The Busselton Family Centre’s new name and brand was released. Some 80 guests attended the launch and enjoyed a lunch supplied by ‘Supper Road’ and what a gourmet treat it was. Guests were ‘Welcomed to Country’ by Gloria Hill while Libby Mettam MLA opened the proceedings and Mayor Grant Henley was on hand to cut the celebration cake. People Place, Chairman, Tony Robinson told guests that the new programing and strategic plan commenced in June 2016 and has taken almost 12 months to come to maturity.