Come and celebrate the opening of the new Manning Community Centre
on Saturday 11 February with an afternoon of free family activities and entertainment from 3-6pm.
At the open day
, residents of the City of South Perth will have the opportunity to meet the community groups who are housed in this state-of-the-art centre and explore the facilities, services, public open space and artworks within the Centre.
The multi-million dollar project which was completed on time and on budget, includes the new Manning Library, the Manning Community Hall, Manning Child Health Clinic, Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Group, a sporting clubroom to house the Manning Rippers Football Club and Perth Blitz Gridiron Club, an early years’ centre that will be the home of the Manning Toy Library and a new Manning Playgroup association.
The Manning Community Centre is one part of the Manning Community Hub which comprises of two separate components which have strong interrelationships and synergies. The other part is the future expansion of commercial activities. The Manning Community Hub is bounded by Bradshaw Crescent, Conochie Crescent and Welwyn Avenue.
“At $17 million this is the largest project the City has invested in,” Mayor Sue Doherty said.
“Both Lotterywest and the Department of Sport and Recreation contributed funding to this venue and I thank everyone who has been involved in the journey of this truly wonderful project and fantastic community facility.”
“Strategically located close to the Manning Senior Citizen’s Centre, the Men’s Shed and Manning Primary School, the Centre is set to become a true ‘hub’ for the local community.”
“Visitors to the new library will see some exciting changes and find new spaces to read, study, research and relax.”
IMPRINT, a series of artworks by artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse (Milne and Stonehouse) are located in the outdoor public space and internal street in the heart of the new community centre.
A large kinetic sculpture, the principal component of IMPRINT, is constructed of polished stainless steel panels that reflect the surrounding light and sky, with woven stainless steel mesh components that shimmer in the wind. On a nearby wall, sculptural light boxes serve as collection niches for the community to curate and display their precious objects. Finally, two glass canopies at the entrance to the Library and the internal corridor explore the tidal nature of the Canning River, the geology, history and atmospheric imprint of the nearby environs of South Perth.
The Manning Community Centre project was initiated by the City in response to studies undertaken demonstrating that the existing community facilities were ageing and reaching the end of their useful life.
In 2008, the City consulted with the local community to discuss what they wanted on the site. This consultation found there to be general community support and enthusiasm for an integrated neighbourhood community hub, inclusive of a relocated Manning Library.
Manning Community Centre open day
Saturday 11 February 3-6pm
*Please note the Manning Library will be open from 12-6pm on Saturday 11 February
Manning Community Centre
2 Conochie Cres, Manning (Undercroft parking off Bradshaw Cres)