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BEAR PIT SPEAKING COMPETITION HUGE SUCCESS IN THIRTEENTH YEAR

Twelve Primary Schools from across the Manly electorate were represented at the Bear Pit Public Speaking Competition finals at the Parliament of New South Wales last Friday, which took place for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition, first held in 2009 as the brainchild of former Balgowlah North Primary School Principal Vicki Treble and former Member for Manly Mike Baird, includes class, year, and school level competitions to develop public speaking skills of all students in the Manly electorate.

FIRST LOOK AT CONCEPT DESIGNS FOR MANLY VILLAGE PUBLIC SCHOOL

The Manly community has welcomed the first artist’s impressions for the multi- milliondollar upgrade at Manly Village Public School.

The project will include the relocation and upgrade of administration facilities, new fit for purpose learning spaces including a new special programs space and additional breakout rooms and storage spaces with new out of school hours care (OOSHC) facilities.

Member for Manly, James Griffin said the upgraded facilities are an exciting addition that will deliver modern resources to local students.

TIME FOR HOUSEHOLDS IN MANLY TO BUST THEIR ENERGY BILLS

Applications for the NSW Government’s Energy Bill Buster program to help households slash their power bills by up to $600 a year opened this week.

The 2022-23 NSW Budget included $128 million to help up to an initial 30,000 eligible households install solar or replace appliances with more energy efficient ones.

James Griffin MP, Member for Manly welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of the program and encouraged eligible households to apply.