Call out for Manning Place Makers

News Update 26 February 2019
Hello Manning Manning Community Hub

Do you want a make a difference in your local community? The City is seeking volunteers to join the Manning Place Makers group to transform the Manning Community Centre into a vibrant local hub through place-making principles and activities. 

Place making is a collaborative, community-driven process that strengthens people’s connection to public spaces. Place making encourages us to interact with public place in new and creative ways, with attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define the place.

The Manning Community Centre encompasses the Manning Library, a community hall, Manning Child Health Clinic, Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Group, a sporting clubroom for Manning Rippers Football Club and an early years’ centre, home of the Manning Toy Library and a new Manning Playgroup association.

The Centre has created a heart for Manning and provides the community with a vibrant, connected and attractive precinct integrating community services and social activities. The outdoor public space running through the centre is an important thoroughfare – a space that people pass through in order to access the buildings and facilities however it has the potential to be much more. 

In 2015, in collaboration with the community and other stakeholders, the City developed the Place Vision that provides a proposal for how the space could be used.

Welcoming and friendly, the outdoor public space will be a place for all ages and all cultures; a meeting place where locals and visitors alike can experience a sense of community vitality, connection and shared values. It is envisaged as an interactive and inspiring place, where people from different walks of life can meet and mingle, get involved in activities, or simply relax and watch the world go by.

The City invites anyone who lives, works or recreates in Manning and the surrounding area to get involved in making the outdoor public space a well-used and much-loved local place. 

The regularity of Manning Place Makers group meetings and activities will be determined by group members. The projects will be inspired by the Place Vision and be self-determined by the group. Some of the possible activities include community markets, night events, or introduction of greenery to the space, e.g. potted plants or shade elements.

To find out more, visit the Community Development marquee at the City’s Hello Manning festival, or contact the City’s Community Development Officer on 9474 0787 or email

Hello Manning will be held at the Manning Community Centre and James Miller Oval 4-9pm, Saturday 30 March 2019 and 10am-3pm, Sunday 31 March 2019.