The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre has evolved considerably since its humble beginnings.
History tells a story, and without the people of our past we couldn't be where we are today, so step back in time with us to reflect on our historical tale.
It was in February 1891 when William Spencer sought to provide Bunbury with a Town Hall, offering the Bunbury Municipal Council a block of land and £1,000 pounds. Despite this generous offering, the Council declined the proposal due to financial difficulties, leaving Bunbury without a venue for the performing arts. In the late 1980s, this proposal was injected with new life as a steering committee was formed. The committee gauged public opinion, developed concept plans and investigated the potential for theatre developments.
From this, a successful fundraising committee was formed, which raised $2.2 million and generated much-needed corporate and community support. The committee relied on donations from local families, businesses and individuals; these generous contributions have enabled BREC to mature into the highly reputable venue it is today. We acknowledge these tremendous efforts and the local support South West residents have provided us over the years; our growth is only made possible through your continued commitment.
The outlook became increasingly optimistic for BREC as Hames Sharley Architects commenced design work on 13 June 1989, and the first commemorative soil was turned. With the completion of the building on 2 November 1990, the Opening Gala night featured an eclectic line-up of acts, including MC Jill Perryman, ballet dancers Fiona Tonkin and David McAllister, pianist David Helfgott, opera singers Thomas Edmonds and Robert Allman and The Band of the Fifth Military District.
We plan to continue building on the foundations of our past, to progress with our community support. 23 years on, our current expansion includes brand new flexible theatre spaces and function rooms, complete with the latest audio-visual equipment, and in-house catering to make your event as enjoyable as possible. Click here to view our exciting new function and theatre spaces.
BREC's mission is to continue to move forward, offering the best experience we possibly can to our valued audiences, to you...