New festival a chance to say hello to suburban Manning

Manning residents Quinleigh Collard, Kathryn Perin, Ben Kahan and Oliver Newman. FRONT: Tallinn Collard preparing for their stall at Hello Manning. Picture: David Baylis
Manning residents Quinleigh Collard, Kathryn Perin, Ben Kahan and Oliver Newman. FRONT: Tallinn Collard preparing for their stall at Hello Manning. Picture: David Baylis

THE new Hello Manning festival spanning over two days has excited residents who have been waiting for their suburb to be in the spotlight.

City of South Perth will hold a free community festival this weekend at Manning Community Centre and James Miller Oval with live music and entertainment, outdoor movie night, games and a showcase of local businesses.

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Manning resident Ben Kahan said he’ll be operating a stall offering face painting, balloon animals and a sausage sizzle for fellow Manning neighbours.

“We really can’t wait for the festival, it’s been a long time coming,” he said.

“We’ll be the first stall when you walk in so come and say hello.”

Some of the performers preparing for Hello Manning

As a 20-year local, another stall operator Kathryn Perin said she was looking forward to celebrating the neighbourhood.

“Manning has changed so much over the past 20 years and the community is really alive with so many great resources like the Manning Hub as well as local sporting clubs, parks, shops and schools all on our doorstep,” she said.

“We have so many new families, we want them to be involved and be part of the community.”

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty encouraged people from Manning and surrounding suburbs to support the new festival at Manning Community Centre, which was completed in 2016.

“We are excited that a new grass roots event is happening in Manning, putting a spotlight on the eastern suburbs of our City,” she said.

“Hello Manning has been created for the community with a strong focus on the area of Manning and its local businesses and community groups.”

It starts on Saturday at 4pm and continues Sunday at 10am.