Community, care and connection at its core

This story first appeared in The West Australian’s Real Estate liftout on Saturday 6 February 2021.

A new 82-unit development in Manning, representing a fresh way of independent living for residents 55 years or over, has been launched publicly. 

The $25m Mankara development at 52 Bickley Crescent is being billed as the first of its kind and will see 82 strata titled apartments built for over 55s and dependent residents as well as a brand-new café and community facilities spanning 5,562 sqm.  Prices for the apartments range from $309,000 to $799,000.

The development is powered by not-for-profit Southcare with a robust local team including Total Project Management, Cameron Chisholm and Nicol Architects, PACT Builders, Bourkes Property and Abode Strata. 

Southcare CEO Dr Nicky Howe said seeing the development take shape, particularly after the effects of COVID-19 highlighted the effects of social isolation on so many, was palpable.  

“This is a development that has community, care and connection at its absolute core,” Dr Howe said. 

“Not only does it address a very real shortage of appropriate and diverse housing for aged and dependent people, it provides a social solution for residents and our wider community. 

“More than 27,000 people who are over 55 years of age currently live within a 10km radius of Mankara and they tell us they want to retain their housing asset, have better quality and safer options as they age.  

“This development is for them and any others who want to downsize with dignity, knowing they can also access care and support services if they later choose to.  

“Housing is key ingredient in the creation of safer, more connected communities and this development means our older community members can keep living at home with a lower cost of living and less maintenance but with greater independence, improved safety and a higher social, mental and psychological connection.”  

The name Mankara represents a merging of the two locations of Manning and Karawarra and has been in the works for nine years.

It most recently received an extension to its Development Approval, making it current to April 2022.

The development recognises housing and its importance to the welfare and wellbeing of aged and dependent people and being located just 7kms out of the CBD and near established shops, parks, schools, transport and local amenities means it is quite literally integrating the old with the new.   

Most of the apartments comprise two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Spanning three levels, the development’s offering is diverse, with three-bedroom, two-bathroom options, as well as two-bedroom, one-bathroom and one-bedroom and one-bathroom configurations.

Construction is expected to start later this year, with Southcare celebrating 40 years of being a proactive carer, connector and contributor in the local community in 2022.  

“To create a development some 40 years after we first started helping the community in 1982 with just nine hand knitted blankets is a pretty remarkable feat, Dr Howe said.  

“The vision for this project is to help people live independently and to give back to the community, which really has been our ethos for 40 years.  How exciting that we get to realise that today?”.  

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7 benefits of buying off the plan

In its rawest form, buying a home off-the-plan could best be described as “click and order” rather than “bricks and mortar”.  

That’s because this style of home buying is for a home that hasn’t been built yet.  Typically, the designs have been drawn, specifications agreed and even visuals prepared to help you understand what it will look like when completed. 

While it is a different way to buy a home, there are several benefits and today we are explaining why it is a smart way to buy… 

Buy now, pay later  

Typically, buying off-the-plan means you secure the home with an initial reservation deposit of $1,000 which forms part of the final 10% deposit on the purchase price when you sign the formal sales contract.  

But, you don’t have to pay the full amount of the property until settlement which could be 1-2 years away (because the home only settles when it is built and handed over to you). 

Construction times can vary, but generally there is a buffer of at least 15 months to allow you to save.  You can use the extra cash to pay off your loan amount, put towards moving costs or throw a great housewarming party! 

Everything is done for you 

Off-the-plan buying means the developer is responsible for building the home and finishing it to an agreed standard.  

Usually homes are “move-in-ready” which means you just need to turn the key and organise the housewarming without worrying about the journey along the way.   

Building a home can be a complex and overwhelming process, particularly if you have not done it before, so let the experts do the detail work while you sit back and watch the home come to life. 

Interior inspiration ideas  

What type of benchtops are best?  What colours work well together?  Should the flooring be carpet or tiles? What about internal painting and window treatments?   

These are some of the questions you will ask yourself if you build a home from scratch.   They are important questions because the interior of a home is so important.   

The aesthetic needs to feel cohesive but also homely and to get a great result requires a lot of time researching and visiting suppliers to see the many hundreds of ranges available. 

With off-the-plan, the developer has already done the interior work for you and should present you with a range of internal schemes to choose from.  Because they have invested the time and consulted the interior experts, you can be confident that you can choose an internal style that not only looks great but also works for you. 

Personalise as you go  

While the interior scheme is largely done for you, there should still be an opportunity for you to personalise what you want.   

If you love stone benchtops and loathe tiles on the floor, then you have the power to choose!   

Developers should offer a standard package (commonly called a specification list) as well as an upgrade package meaning you can have what you want as standard plus anything extra that makes your heart beat.  It’s the best of both worlds!  

Just remember, the earlier you buy off-the-plan, the easier it is to customise your internal fixtures and finishes.   

5 Save on repair costs 

Buying a new apartment off-the-plan means you will be living in a brand new home with brand new fixtures and fittings.  That means repairs aren’t likely anytime soon.   

If you choose an older, existing property, you may need to budget for any repairs or renovations. 

Save on stamp duty 

When buying property, stamp duty is normally to be paid within three months of the date of the contract.   However, the rules are different for off-the-plan purchases and they are in your favour!    

Ask the developer about the stamp duty concession that applies to off the plan buying.  

Generally, the stamp duty is paid 15 months after the date of the contract or the completion date, whichever comes first.  

7 Lower power bills 

Changes to the Australian Building Code means new properties must meet some stringent energy efficiency requirements which is a bonus to you as it means you can save money in the long run. 

Off the plan homes should be designed and built with some of the most energy efficient appliances which means gas/water/electricity bills should be more manageable.  

So…to some, it may feel like buying a home that technically doesn’t exist sounds a little crazy but, with careful research and consideration, it could also mean you are buying the home of your dreams.  

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Where to buy great coffee in Manning

Coffee… do you love it a little or love it a latte?  Whether you’re crazy for cappuccino, go mad for a macchiato or just like it flat and white or long and black, we’re here to help you espresso yourself!  

Manning has some great local cafes, and – like any good neighborhood – each is great in its own unique way. 

Today we are serving up our round up of the great spots in Manning so pull up a seat and join us, won’t you? 

Krankin Cafe (Image: Facebook)


As the name so ably suggests, this place is sure to get you cranking!  And let’s face it, before the coffee kicks in, it’s understandable if you are sometimes a little cranky!   

Krankin is the biggest café in Manning and you can sit inside or out, or if you’re running short on time, pop into the takeaway window and pop out with a brew and a tasty treat.   

And if coffee isn’t you’re thing or it’s too hot, check out their ice cream machine!  

Discover the magic at 2/71 Ley Street, Manning. 

Our Ruby Girl Cafe (Image: Facebook)


This is a popular haunt because of its great coffee and different seasonal menu which is inspired by the Whadjuk Nyoongar people and includes many native ingredients.   

The café is very instagrammable with some fun wallpaper spanning the internal walls as the perfect backdrop to your coffee cup!  Yes, coffee and selfies are totally a thing because if it didn’t happen on social media, did it really happen at all?    

The eco-friendly owners strive to keep the café zero waste and because it also doubles as a providore, its shelves are stocked with lots of goodies including books, plants, homewares, jewellery, tasty treats and locally made art. 

They also hire a range of staff with a disability as part of their equal opportunity employment commitment which gets a big tick from us. 

Discover the magic at 2/61 Ley Street, Manning. 


Located in the popular Welwyn Avenue shopping precinct, this is a popular meeting place for savvy locals who want to take time out with a cuppa but also have easy shopping convenience.  

The café is located in a cosmopolitan strip that includes a local fruit and veg market, an IGA supermarket, pharmacy, newsagent, bottle shop, hairdresser and a clothing boutique. 

If you want more than a coffee, try the menu: it is Vietnamese deliciousness.   

Bahn Mee roughly interpreted means “baguette” and after the first bite will have you saying “more for meeeeee!” 

Discover the magic at 21 Welwyn Avenue, Manning  


This is a fun café is tucked away in Salter Point which is Manning’s riverside neighbour. 

If you’re a Star Trek fan you’ll know that “Raktacino” is the term used for “cappuccino”, which is Mr Spock’s drink of choice from the original Star Trek series! 

This café does coffee, breakfast and lunches by day and turns into a fabulous wood fired pizzeria by night!  Ask for Carol’s Creation which is a pizza with blue cheese, pear and rocket which packs a flavour punch that would make Mr Spock proud! 
Discover the magic at 16 Letchworth Centre Avenue, Salter Point. 

Helen’s Cafe which will be built as part of the Mankara development


Manning’s newest café will be built at the new Mankara Development at 52 Bickley Crescent as part of the new apartment precinct currently for sale. 

When built, Helen’s Cafe will be a warm, inviting and relaxed space that has all the ingredients for friendship and laughter over fresh cake and hot coffee.  

The café will be open to the public and available for residents, being located on the ground floor of the development. 

The café connects the community in a caring way and pays homage to Helen Moore, one of Southcare’s longest-standing volunteers and founder of Southcare in 1982. 

Discover the magic (soon) at 52 Bickley Crescent, Manning. 

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