The Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre has created a lot of interest within the community and many views as to how the council should proceed with the project. A performing arts and convention centre was identified as a priority in the City’s 2007 Strategic Community Plan. Both past and present councillors have invested many hours deliberating on the benefits and costs of such a centre. With $10.35 million in Federal government funding committed, councillors maintained a commitment to the project, particularly the opportunity this level of funding could bring. At its June 23 meeting, after evaluating tenders for the construction of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre, the council decided not to accept any of the tenders. This was due to the tenders coming in well in excess of the budget, caused by an increase in prices for materials and trades. No further funding has been secured for the project. While this is disappointing, the council has decided to take this opportunity to go back to the community and find out what you want in regards to the centre. Do we put it off or go ahead? Should it have a scaled-back design? The City engaged Catalyse Pty Ltd, an independent research company, to undertake a random sample survey of 4000 people via email and mail. The results will be analysed to ensure they are representative and a valid sample of our community. There is also an opportunity to opt in and complete the survey through the Your Say Busselton website. The City has been conducting information sessions — the last is on August 2 from 11am to 2pm at the ArtGeo Cultural Complex. I urge you to have your say on the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre. The survey closes on August 9.