Former Manning Library

In November 2017, the City sought Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the leasing of the former Manning Library building, situated at the George Burnett Recreation Precinct.

As part of the process, applicants were required to outline how their proposal would ensure that the building use complements the George Burnett Recreation Precinct and aligns with the City's Strategic Community Plan and vision to create active places and beautiful spaces.

Applications were reviewed and evaluated with preferred applicants invited to provide more detail as part of stage 2. Applications are now awaiting review


The former Manning Library was purpose-built in 1964. Officially named the Walter Murdoch Library - Manning Branch, it was in operation until February 2017 when the new Manning Library opened as part of the Manning Community facility.

The site sits within the George Burnett Recreation Precinct (GBR Precinct) and is reserved under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) and classified as ‘Parks and recreation’ reserve.

The City is in the process of developing a Masterplan for the Precinct to redevelop the George Burnett Leisure Centre and adjacent Recreation Precinct to facilitate sporting and community needs in a coordinated approach.