Busselton Pride Alliance Inc. is a queer led not-for-profit community group based in the City of Busselton. We exist to help give visibility, voice and advocacy to our community in the southwest.
We work to improve the lives of LGBTQIA+ people and to ensure that issues relevant to LGBTQIA+ community are not overlooked or misunderstood by policy makers. We offer our experience and expertise to community leaders, workplace trainers, teachers, and health professionals in addressing LGBTQI+ issues.
Our objectives are:
- To promote and provide a platform for LGBTQIA+ community of Busselton and surrounding areas to showcase their talents and voices through acts of celebration, commemoration, grassroots action and advocacy;
- To improve the self esteem, health status and representation of the LGBTQIA+ community of all ages in the public sphere
- To make visible the meaningful and positive contribution WA’s LGBTQIA+ community make to the wider community; and
- To advocate for safe, inclusive community spaces, workplaces, businesses and schools.
Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025
Join Busselton Pride Alliance
We are a member based organisation and we rely on our membership base as supporters, volunteers, contributors and advocates.
Your membership demonstrates your support and commitment to our community and our mission. As a member you will also have important voting rights at our Annual General Meeting which gives you a say in the election of Board Members and the strategic direction of our organisation.
You can apply to join here.
Busselton Pride Alliance is an incorporated association registered with the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and we operate under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.
While our board and event helpers are all volunteers, we take our roles and professionalism seriously as we engage with Local and State Government departments and local businesses.
We are entirely funded through donations and fundraising, and our goal is for all of our events to also raise funds for other local community groups in need.
(Additional team member profiles and photos coming soon)
Brian - Communications and Policy
Brian OAM (he/him) was a Senator for Western Australia between 1999 and 2005, becoming the first LGBTQIA+ rights activist elected to any Australian parliament, and first federal MP to acknowledge their sexuality. In 1995 he was a pioneer as the first openly gay person elected to public office in WA as a Councillor for the City of Vincent. In the 2000s, Brian helped found national lobby group the Australian Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights, later representing WA for Australian Marriage Equality. Brian has been an advocate and campaigner for LGBTQIA+ people for 30 years, for which he was awarded Australian Honours in 2011. With a background in politics, media and communications, Brian moved to Busselton in 2019 with his partner Keith and their two rescue dogs for a sea-change.
Yvonne - Community Health
Yvonne (she/her) has lived in Busselton for 20 years and has a BSc in Nursing. She has worked with the LGBTQIA+ community in Edinburgh sexual health clinics in the 80s and in Sydney with gender reassignment patients. Yvonne has been a strong advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community throughout her long career in the health industry.
Clare - Business Development
Clare (she/her) has lived in the south west for the last six years after spending most of her professional career in Canberra. With a background in policy and legislation, project management, and digital strategy, Clare is now a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor and works and volunteers with a number of local charities. As well as a committed environmental activist, Clare is passionate about improving health outcomes for the LGBTQIA+ community in regional areas.
Rhonda - Advocacy
Rhonda (she/her) is a contemporary artist who lives in Busselton. She has a degree in Business Law and a Arts degree (Visual Arts), and volunteers with organisations including the Busselton Library and Lamp Inc. She is currently also learning Auslan.
Laura - Advocacy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laura (she/her) is originally from Sydney but has lived in WA since 2006. Laura is a qualified childcare educator and has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. Laura is a long time activist for human rights and equality, and is particularly passionate about advocating for LGBTQIA+ youth.