GALLERY: The week that was in the central west

CANOWINDRA: It was the day all of Canowindra was waiting for and with hundreds through the gates, the opening of the Canowindra Pool on Saturday certainly made a splash.
CANOWINDRA: It was the day all of Canowindra was waiting for and with hundreds through the gates, the opening of the Canowindra Pool on Saturday certainly made a splash.
ORANGE: Amanda Haddin was not worried about her HSC mark on Wednesday whereas her friend Bronte Glasby was be up at the crack of dawn with anticipation for hers. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1217hsc2

ORANGE: Amanda Haddin was not worried about her HSC mark on Wednesday whereas her friend Bronte Glasby was be up at the crack of dawn with anticipation for hers. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1217hsc2

DUBBO:  DUBBO: Barb Kelly, Dan Sullivan and Carole O'Connor get hampers at St Brigid's Hall ready for distribution. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: DUBBO: Barb Kelly, Dan Sullivan and Carole O'Connor get hampers at St Brigid's Hall ready for distribution. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

CANOWINDRA: They're a talented bunch at Canowindra Public School, with singers, dancers, play-writers, guitarists and circus performances putting on a very impressive Talent Show finale on Monday. First place was taken out by the 'Circus Sisters' of Finella Palmer, Claire Wright, Josie Mitchell, Rhian Pengilly, Ella Andrew, Minenhle Ncube.

CANOWINDRA: They're a talented bunch at Canowindra Public School, with singers, dancers, play-writers, guitarists and circus performances putting on a very impressive Talent Show finale on Monday. First place was taken out by the 'Circus Sisters' of Finella Palmer, Claire Wright, Josie Mitchell, Rhian Pengilly, Ella Andrew, Minenhle Ncube.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Public School (WPS) celebrated the end of the year with their annual evening of Christmas Carols and lots of performances

WELLINGTON: Wellington Public School (WPS) celebrated the end of the year with their annual evening of Christmas Carols and lots of performances

DUBBO: New recruits, probationary constables Jana Bush and Kiel Gardoll are looking forward to their time in Dubbo. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: New recruits, probationary constables Jana Bush and Kiel Gardoll are looking forward to their time in Dubbo. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: CSU students in Dubbo celebrated their graduation. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: CSU students in Dubbo celebrated their graduation. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

ORANGE: Mayor John Davis believes Orange's street trees, like these in Brunswick Street, are one of the city's greatest assets but are also a challenge for the council. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 1213sgmayor2

ORANGE: Mayor John Davis believes Orange's street trees, like these in Brunswick Street, are one of the city's greatest assets but are also a challenge for the council. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 1213sgmayor2

DUBBO: NSW Fire and Rescue retained firefighter John Brouff had his wallet stolen from vehicle while he was attending a call out. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Fire and Rescue retained firefighter John Brouff had his wallet stolen from vehicle while he was attending a call out. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

GRENFELL: Grenfell’s Australia Day Ambassador has been announced as Australian Actor Noeline Brown.

GRENFELL: Grenfell’s Australia Day Ambassador has been announced as Australian Actor Noeline Brown.

ORANGE: MICK Munro says he doesn’t expect to be celebrating Christmas Day this year thanks to the heartless work of a criminal. Some time between late November 29 and the early hours of November 30, Mr Munro’s uninsured yellow trailer containing all of his work tools was stolen from a shed on his father’s Mitchell Highway property near Guyong.

ORANGE: MICK Munro says he doesn’t expect to be celebrating Christmas Day this year thanks to the heartless work of a criminal. Some time between late November 29 and the early hours of November 30, Mr Munro’s uninsured yellow trailer containing all of his work tools was stolen from a shed on his father’s Mitchell Highway property near Guyong.

COWRA: It was a big night out in Cowra last Friday night with stalls, dancers, singers, Christmas shoppers and even a petting zoo lighting up Kendal Street. Beth Moore and Peta and Jane Sharkey sold their homemade cupcakes.

COWRA: It was a big night out in Cowra last Friday night with stalls, dancers, singers, Christmas shoppers and even a petting zoo lighting up Kendal Street. Beth Moore and Peta and Jane Sharkey sold their homemade cupcakes.

ORANGE: CHARLES Sturt University (CSU) dental staff have a message to those who said a dental school would not be viable without being attached to a medical school - look at us now. Shaun Day is one of 32 dentists to graduate. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

ORANGE: CHARLES Sturt University (CSU) dental staff have a message to those who said a dental school would not be viable without being attached to a medical school - look at us now. Shaun Day is one of 32 dentists to graduate. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

ORANGE: Organisers of this year’s Carols by Candlelight could not have hoped for more perfect weather for the annual Christmas celebration on Saturday night. Orange City Council project officer Cathy Thomas said the evening was a great success. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

ORANGE: Organisers of this year’s Carols by Candlelight could not have hoped for more perfect weather for the annual Christmas celebration on Saturday night. Orange City Council project officer Cathy Thomas said the evening was a great success. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

DUBBO: Dubbo City Council ranger Dallas Forrester (third from the right) delivers bicycles and scooters to Breanna Christie, Ingrid Miller, Travis Hill, Mark Nuttal, Nicole White and Lisa Goodwin from Dubbo PCYC. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo City Council ranger Dallas Forrester (third from the right) delivers bicycles and scooters to Breanna Christie, Ingrid Miller, Travis Hill, Mark Nuttal, Nicole White and Lisa Goodwin from Dubbo PCYC. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

ORANGE: Mother of three Carrie Cox is calling on Orange City Council to erect signs warning people to be vigilant around Cook Park’s unfenced duck ponds after her young son fell in last week. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ORANGE: Mother of three Carrie Cox is calling on Orange City Council to erect signs warning people to be vigilant around Cook Park’s unfenced duck ponds after her young son fell in last week. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

COWRA: Local students shone at the 10th annual Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards at Cowra Regional Art Gallery. St Raphael's student Bradley McLeish showcased his artwork 'Macca'.

COWRA: Local students shone at the 10th annual Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards at Cowra Regional Art Gallery. St Raphael's student Bradley McLeish showcased his artwork 'Macca'.

ORANGE: Ryan Bushel-Keegan will represent his country at the Trans-Tasman Test Series in January. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1212squash3

ORANGE: Ryan Bushel-Keegan will represent his country at the Trans-Tasman Test Series in January. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1212squash3

GRENFELL: Helping out with loading some of the 452 Christmas Boxes for this year to be shipped out to those in need were Stella Copeman, Jim Neill, Lloyd Thomas, Marion Knapp and Chris Simpson.

GRENFELL: Helping out with loading some of the 452 Christmas Boxes for this year to be shipped out to those in need were Stella Copeman, Jim Neill, Lloyd Thomas, Marion Knapp and Chris Simpson.

ORANGE: Des Knight (under 18s with absent Kyran Bubb), Luke Morris (reserve grade) and Mick Sullivan (premier league), are CYMS' senior coaches for season 2014. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1216sgcyms2

ORANGE: Des Knight (under 18s with absent Kyran Bubb), Luke Morris (reserve grade) and Mick Sullivan (premier league), are CYMS' senior coaches for season 2014. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1216sgcyms2

DUBBO: Mathew Doohan was very happy with his HSC results as they were released on Wednesday.

DUBBO: Mathew Doohan was very happy with his HSC results as they were released on Wednesday.

BLAYNEY: Cadia Valley Operation's senior specialist public affairs Melissa Schumacher presented Blayney High School student Shawn Sandry with a certificate and gift of appreciation for his outstanding contribution to the Blayney Festival and CVO Mine Open Day. Other helpers Zac Minnes and Billy Mackie were also thanked.

BLAYNEY: Cadia Valley Operation's senior specialist public affairs Melissa Schumacher presented Blayney High School student Shawn Sandry with a certificate and gift of appreciation for his outstanding contribution to the Blayney Festival and CVO Mine Open Day. Other helpers Zac Minnes and Billy Mackie were also thanked.

ORANGE: Orange made it back-to-back wins in the Mitchell Cricket Council colts competition, defeating Mudgee by 76 runs at Wade Park yesterday. Opener Charles Litchfield made 67. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ORANGE: Orange made it back-to-back wins in the Mitchell Cricket Council colts competition, defeating Mudgee by 76 runs at Wade Park yesterday. Opener Charles Litchfield made 67. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

COWRA: Cricketer Alana Ryan reached the highest point in her representative career thus far when she was named in the Team of the Championships last week following the under 15 Nationals held in Sydney.

COWRA: Cricketer Alana Ryan reached the highest point in her representative career thus far when she was named in the Team of the Championships last week following the under 15 Nationals held in Sydney.

DUBBO: Raeleen Porter with some of the children from Dubbo and District Preschool (back) Alex McGrath, Lara Wykes, Kobey Osborne, Robbie Newham (front) Mia Cudmore, Estelle Bloomfield. Raeleen will retire  after 28 years of service. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: Raeleen Porter with some of the children from Dubbo and District Preschool (back) Alex McGrath, Lara Wykes, Kobey Osborne, Robbie Newham (front) Mia Cudmore, Estelle Bloomfield. Raeleen will retire after 28 years of service. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: After delivering a cheque for $825,360 to Dubbo and District Preschool yesterday, Dubbo MP Troy Grant joined (from left) Kate Pankhurst, Keirsten Bennett, Cooper Giddings, Amy Quilty, Isabel Smith and preschool director Louise Simpson in the sandpit. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: After delivering a cheque for $825,360 to Dubbo and District Preschool yesterday, Dubbo MP Troy Grant joined (from left) Kate Pankhurst, Keirsten Bennett, Cooper Giddings, Amy Quilty, Isabel Smith and preschool director Louise Simpson in the sandpit. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: Jen Shearing encourages locals to donate blood to help patients like her get through Christmas and New Years. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: Jen Shearing encourages locals to donate blood to help patients like her get through Christmas and New Years. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: Superintendent David Simmons is settling into his new role of Local Area Commander for Orana after six weeks in the job. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: Superintendent David Simmons is settling into his new role of Local Area Commander for Orana after six weeks in the job. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: The 18-foot ski boat burns out before sinking to the bottom of Burrendong Dam. Photo: Anna Wojcik

DUBBO: The 18-foot ski boat burns out before sinking to the bottom of Burrendong Dam. Photo: Anna Wojcik

DUBBO: Damien Doyle was forced to abandon ship after his boat exploded into flames caused by a suspected fuel leak.

DUBBO: Damien Doyle was forced to abandon ship after his boat exploded into flames caused by a suspected fuel leak.

PARKES: Lachlan Highway Patrol Sergeant Dearne Jeffree and Parkes Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor are warning motorists to take care on the roads over the festive season.

PARKES: Lachlan Highway Patrol Sergeant Dearne Jeffree and Parkes Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor are warning motorists to take care on the roads over the festive season.

PARKES: A Very Theatre Christmas opens at the Parkes Little Theatre this weekend.

PARKES: A Very Theatre Christmas opens at the Parkes Little Theatre this weekend.

FORBES: Red Bend Catholic College students Kate Horan, Torben Heinzel, Peter Goodwin, Matt Piggott and Sam Noakes were jumping for joy at their HSC marks yesterday.

FORBES: Red Bend Catholic College students Kate Horan, Torben Heinzel, Peter Goodwin, Matt Piggott and Sam Noakes were jumping for joy at their HSC marks yesterday.

FORBES: Tish Humphries, Kate Schaefer and Molly Scott out the front of the fantastic Christmas light display at the corner of Bedgerabong Road and Edward Street. The family are collecting donations for CanAssist.

FORBES: Tish Humphries, Kate Schaefer and Molly Scott out the front of the fantastic Christmas light display at the corner of Bedgerabong Road and Edward Street. The family are collecting donations for CanAssist.

WELLINGTON: A community Christmas party was held by the service providers of Wellington during the week to mark the end of a busy and successful year. Pictured are (Back) Kya and Trevor May, (front) Xander Harries, James Hynch, Deakin Flick and Taylor Cubby.

WELLINGTON: A community Christmas party was held by the service providers of Wellington during the week to mark the end of a busy and successful year. Pictured are (Back) Kya and Trevor May, (front) Xander Harries, James Hynch, Deakin Flick and Taylor Cubby.

LIGHTNING RIDGE: Ellie Gough with Santa.

LIGHTNING RIDGE: Ellie Gough with Santa.

NARROMINE: Macquarie Picnic Race Club committee members Andrew Austin, George Gibson, Lucas Hamilton, Andy MacKinnon, Kerena Copelin and Lucy Watson in the new bar trackside at the Trangie Racecourse.

NARROMINE: Macquarie Picnic Race Club committee members Andrew Austin, George Gibson, Lucas Hamilton, Andy MacKinnon, Kerena Copelin and Lucy Watson in the new bar trackside at the Trangie Racecourse.

NYNGAN: Nyngan nurses are furious the LHD is planning to cut 14 hours of nursing clincal care a day at the Nyngan Health Service.

NYNGAN: Nyngan nurses are furious the LHD is planning to cut 14 hours of nursing clincal care a day at the Nyngan Health Service.