BALLARAT – Glenlyon mixed sports day- Olivia Tworowsky, 7, Daylesford. Photo- Kate Healy.
ARMIDALE- Jeogla Station manager Richard Braham, Armdiale, with Angus-cross cattle in the feedlot. Photo- Ruth Schwager
BATHURST- bbey Barrett and Stacey Whittaker are off to Maylasia on Monday to take part in Exersise Boss Lift with Austrailan Army reservists. Photo- CHRIS SEABROOK
BALLARAT – Ballarat from above during the criterium event. Photo- Skyline Drone Imaging
BALLARAT – Jessica Allen celebrates winning the Cycling Australia Road National Championships women’s criteriums
BALLARAT – Riley Huxtable loses his middle stump. Photo- Kate Healy
BEAUDESERT- Beaudesert Tennis Club president Lisa Quast teaching Maverik Ferrie, 10, some good shots. Photo- Jocelyn Garcia
BEGA- The Monster Trucks rolled into town for the first time in December.
BOWRAL: Elinor Hernell will travel to Russia for a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with the Boldhoi Ballet. She is pictured with Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council, who donated $500 to her trip, member Melissa McShane.
BOWENVILLE: Peter Waddell, Nyerin, Bowenville, has decided not to plant his mung beans on the recent rainfall amount of 25mm preferring to wait for a higher soil moisture profile
COWRA- Cowra’s Natalie Giallourakis and Jason Stopps eagerly awaited the arrival of their son. Jason Stopps-Giallourakis was born at Orange Health Service at 9.41pm on Christmas Day.
CULBURRA BEACH- Trainee lifeguard Rachel Hill and lifeguard Daniel Webb during one of the few quiet days at Warrain Beach Culburra so far this summer. Photo- ADAM WRIGHT.
CRESCENT HEAD: 14 people were slammed into rocks by large waves with several sustaining injuries and one lifted to safety. Photo: Lachlan Leeming.
COOTAMUNDRA- A bushfire smoke cloud looms over Albert Park where the Bradman Letter challenge was taking place.
DUBBO- Muller Street residents Ross Hill and Mick Wykes with some of the syringes that were found in the drain on their street after a recent downpour. Photo- MARK RAYNER
DUBBO- Aarien Towney with her grandmother Beryl -Ha-Ha- Towney showing off the pink and sparkly cuffs Aarien made during school holiday library workshops. Photo- PAIGE WILLIAMS
DUBBO- Mick Peet feels he will finally be able to get some closure after confirmation that bones found at Butlers Falls belonged to his murdered daughter Lateesha Nolan. Photo- BELINDA SOOLE
EDEN- Wharf was alive with action on Thursday with visits from The World and tall ship, Tenacious.
GRIFFITH- Yenda resident Dave Greenham sits outside the abandoned police station however, he is holding onto hope one day a police presence will return. Picture- Hannah Higgins.
GRIFFITH- Emma Barber, with parents Sara Phillips and Kyle Barber from Griffith, was born on New Year’s Day in Wagga. Picture- Kieren L Tilly
GOULBURN: Goulburn and District Historical Society president Garry White, vice-president Roger Bayley, research officer Gordon Thompson and committee member Annette Murphy welcome a conservation plan for St Clair Museum.
HUNTER VALLEY- The Willow Tree Bowling Club blaze is believed to have started in the roof. Pictures- Willow Tree Bowling Club/ Facebook
HUNTER- Maitland’s first baby born in 2017 – Lincoln Keith Ryder with parents Michelle and Aaron Ryder. Picture- Jonathan Carroll
HUNTER- Kids cooling off in the Hunter River at Maitland. PICTURE- Perry Duffin.
HUNTER- John Saxon Bryant OAM will celebrate his 90th birthday in the first week of January after a life spent helping others. Picture- Perry Duffin
HUNTER- Great-granddaughter of William Tester June Hirst believes the flooding problem should have been fixed long ago. Picture- Jonathan Carroll
HOLBROOK- Revellers keep cool during car park catch-ups at the Holbrook B&S Ball on New Year’s Eve.
JUNEE- BIG FISH- Brian Higginson shows off his massive catch – a Murray cod over a metre long. Picture- Grant Higginson
LAKE MACQUARIE- WATER RESCUE- Matthew Mulhearn, Merewether, pulled this border collie, Jake, out of the water and onto his surf ski at Fishing Point on Thursday morning. Picture- Supplied
LEETON- The drivers of the Kriden Park Lady Drivers Invitation (not in order) Lisa Bartley, Stacey Towers, Ellen Rixon, Melissa Hawke, Martelle Maguire, Kristie O’Sullivan, Brooke McPherson and Amy Day.
LAKE MACQUARIE- Santa and his helpers from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise come ashore to meet some of the locals. Picture- Supplied
LEETON- Two truck drivers were killed in a three-vehicle accident on Irrigation Way on Tuesday. Picture- The Irrigator
LAKE MACQUARIE- TH!NK PINK- Kylie Clarke will perform her all-ages tribute show at Doyalson-Wyee RSL Club on Saturday night, Janaury 14, from 7.30pm. Picture- Supplied
MUDGEE- Mudgee local Hugh Bateman has been selected to carry the Jane McGrath banner at the annual Pink Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
MOUNT ISA- Constables Kelly Gijsbertsen, Leanne Ernst, and James Newton start their first week on the job. Photo- Esther MacIntyre
MUDGEE- The Gulgong Folk Festival was held over the New Year’s long weekend, with the town of Gulgong hosting concerts, workshops and continuous jam sessions.
NOWRA- and surrounds were bathed in a beautiful sunset on the last day of 2016. By Karen Abbey at Callala Beach
NORMANVILLE- The Normanville New Year’s Eve pageant rolled through the streets of the South Australian coastal town, drawing thousands of onlookers. Photo- Ryan Finlay.
NEWCASTLE- Joan and Colin Woods outside their Ellis Road home. An initial investigation has found contamination in the topsoil. Picture- Simone De Peak
NEWCASTLE- Inner-city resident Dianne O’Keeffe with a sign that spells out her concerns over this Scott Street, Newcastle, speed hump. Picture- Ian Kirkwood
NEWCASTLE- Family fun- the Alkasim family in the backyard of their Wallsend home. Picture- Simone De Peak
NEWCASTLE- Talented- Imogen Bailey represented the Hunter in six sports last year and also learned hip hop and cheerleading. Picture- Marina Neil
NEWCASTLE- Police have praised crowds across the Hunter as tens of thousands brought in the new year peacefully. Pictures- Max Mason-Hubers
NEWCASTLE- The owners of Annie, a five-year-old bichon frise, say she died last Wednesday after being left at a boarding kennel in Cooranbong. Picture- supplied
NEWCASTLE- Stanley, a Tasmanian devil at the Hunter’s Devil Ark, enjoys a bottle feed. Picture- Devil Ark
NEWCASTLE- Defending Dakar Rally champion Toby Price rips it up en route to winning stage two in Argentina on Wednesday morning. Picture- Red Bull.
NEWCASTLE- Ben Gillies, 37, in Newcastle over the holidays. Picture- Marina Neil
NEWCASTLE- Barry Walsh in a photo taken only hours before he died in the early hours of New Year’s Day on Sunday.
NEWCASTLE- Ashley Jenkins and Josh Scaysbrook hold their daughter, Ella, as grandparents Kathleen McLeod and Craig Portus and aunt Sarah Jenkins look on. Picture- Max Mason-Hubers
NEWCASTLE- A mountain bike rider has survived falling nearly 40 metres down a steep embankment at Awaba.Picture- Supplied
NEWCASTLE: Patrick Hudson, a permanent part-time employee of Darby Street fashion boutique Abicus in Cooks Hill, negotiated with his bosses and co-workers to work this public holiday Monday. Picture: Simone De Peak
NEWCASTLE- Even with significant police operations and road improvements, there have been three deaths and 73 serious injuries crashes on the Putty Road since the start of 2015. Picture- Dean Osland
ORANGE- Jordan and Erica Sims named their daughter Charlotte, which was one of the most popular baby names, after the Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Photo- PHIL BLATCH
ORANGE- Orchadists Ian Pearce and Fiona Hall with NSW Farmers’ Bruce Reynolds holding cherries bound for Asia. Photo- PHIL BLATCH
ORANGE- Daniel Ulaviau is among the army of workers picking cherries in Orange. Photo- JUDE KEOGH
ORANGE- Father Garry McKeown will leave the Catholic Parish of St Mary and St Joseph’s to take up a position in Lithgow. Photo- DANIELLE CETINSKI
ORANGE- Terri Mercieca, formerly of Orange, has started providing desserts to Harrods in London. Photo- HAYDN CATTACH
-ORANGE- Veronica and Matthew Fowler in their bedroom after the New Year’s Day blaze that destroyed their home.
PARKES- Brother and sister duo Laura and Matt Curtis have always dreamed of conquering the 96 kilometre Kokoda Trek.
PORT ELLIOT- South Australian summer live music event ‘The Porch Sessions’ visited Port Elliot on Wednesday, January 4. Photo- Ben Kelly.
PORT STEPHENS- Popular tourist spot Birubi Beach, in Anna Bay, has been blanketed in reef debris since before Christmas. Picture- Kia Woodmore
PORT STEPHENS- Kids enjoy the new Splash Bay water park at Oakvale Farm and Fauna World. Picture- supplied
PORT STEPHENS- Amy, 13, her father Ian Harrower, and brother Lachlan, 10, put together an impressive Harry Potter exhibit. Picture- Kia Woodmore
PORT STEPHENS- A small grass fire off Masonite Road, Heatherbrae, is being contained by RFS crews. Picture- Kia Woodmore
PORT STEPHENS- Joy Davies, Raymond Terrace, holding some of the 5,000 teddy bears that have been made by the ‘Pay It Forward’ group. Picture- Kia Woodmore
PORT MACQUARIE Tahlia Bell-Baker and dad Phil Baker will take part in the Golden Lure fishing competition. Photo by Matt Attard.
PARKES- Emma Barber, with parents Sara Phillips and Kyle Barber (formerly of Parkes) from Griffith, was born on New Year’s Day in Wagga. Picture- Kieren L Tilly
PORT STEPHENS- Nathan Wilson with his curly haired retriever, Charlotte, at their Fern Bay home. Mr Wilson and his partner Dean Compton are devastated at the death of their greyhound Baron. Picture- Sam Norris
QUEANBEYAN – Parents of the first baby born in the Queanbeyan hospital for 2017- Liz Bowden and Kal Ientile. Photo- Karleen Minney.
SOUTH WEST ROCKS Terry Wells points out the spot at Trial Bay beach where he was circled by a three-metre hammerhead shark. Photo Callum McGregor.
SOMERTON- Gus, 15, and Wally, 18, Davidson, with freshly shorn lambs at -Clermont Park-, Somerton. Photo- Ruth Schwager
TUMBARUMBA- Kade Griffith gets thrown from a bull during the Tumbarumba Rodeo on New Year’s Day. Picture- Les Smith
TAREE Dance students Jasinta Birchall and Wil Hellstedt have been accepted into The Australian Ballet School InternationalInterstate Training Program. Photo by Scott Calvin
VICTOR HARBOR- Jessica Gibbs and Michelle Pedler celebrate New Year’s Eve in Victor with youngsters, Belle and Max Turner, and Jack and Charlotte Pedler. Photo- Ryan Finlay.
WODONGA- Neville Alcorn, NJ & AU Alcorn Partnership, -Linden View-, Harden, with his grandson, Nick Alcorn, looking to buy cattle at the weaner sales on Thursday. Photo- Rachael Webb
WAGGA- Phil Stone says farewell to his hair and beard after 12 months of cultivation to raise money for the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust. Picture- Les Smith
WODONGA- Corcoran Parker agent, Rodney McKenzie, Corryong, and Darren Coleman, DLC Pastoral, -Yarrabee-, Walwa, Vic, at the Wodonga weaner sales. Photo- Rachael Webb.
WODONGA- (at front) Ross Harvey, a%2Fc PR Harvey, -Woodstock-, Rosewood, with his agent Bruce Alleyn, Landmark, Tumbarumba, at the Wodonga weaner sales. Photo- Rachael Webb
WAGGA- The upcoming retirement of Wagga Country Club professional Ian Ferguson has been met with a huge amount of well wishes from the sporting community.
WOLLONGONG- Bluebottles are washing up on the regions shores.
WINGHAM: Wingham Rodeo competitor Brett Gill will return to action for the first time since being thrown from a horse 4 years ago. Photo: Scott Calvin.
WAGGA- Tenpin bowlers Natarsha O’Leary, 14, Emma Scott, 15, and Lily Crocker, 15 are training hard for the Australian Junior Championship. Picture- Les Smith
WAGGA- Wagga’s Shannon Thompson with son Jackson Garner, who had the most popular baby boys name of 2016. Picture- Kieren L Tilly
WAGGA- Spencer Anderson, 2, and Irelene Nye were the youngest and oldest members present at Mrs Nye’s 100th birthday at The Rules Club. Picture- Kieren L Tilly
WAGGA- Rex Mather, 13, is hitting the streets of Wagga to wash cars to raise money to pay for a gaming computer. Picture- Les Smith
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