June 20 2014 - 6:00AM GALLERY: The week that was in the central west FAIRFAX MEDIALocal NewsfacebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments GALLERY: The week that was in the central west COWRA: Local landholders are hoping they will be consulted during a million-dollar feasibility study into the Needles Gap Dam proposal. The state minister for natural resources, lands and water Kevin Humphries announced the $1million feasibility study into the proposed Needles Gap dam as a part of the 2014-15 state budget handed down on Tuesday.NYNGAN: One hundred and twenty and counting: that’s how many blankets the Nyngan sector of Wrap with Love has sent across Australia and the world to areas in need. The group met last week at the Uniting Church, for its second of four yearly meetings, to knit, crochet and sew the 10x10 inch squares which make up the wraps.ORANGE: Shoplifting in Orange is rampant according to business owners but police say the high rate of incidents is not due to an increase in crime rather an increase in reports. Orange is ranked as the fourth worst local government area (LGA) in the state for shoplifting, which is up from a ranking of sixth in the state in a previous report, according to Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data.DUBBO: Kindergarten Red class at Dubbo South Public School have been busy brainstorming names to christen the crane at the Dubbo Hospital construction site. Crane, Craney, Builder, Buildy and Alice were among the popular choices from the students.CANOWINDRA: The Canowindra Show will soon be here again and preparations are well under way to make this another successful annual event. The Cobley Pavilion is expecting great entries demonstrating the skill and talent from local and regional people of all ages.ORANGE: Students from Orange’s small schools took degrees and angles outdoors yesterday as they ran around Gosling Creek Reserve to increase their physical activity. The Orange Small Schools Association consists of Spring Terrace, Spring Hill, Nashdale, Cumnock, Borenore and Errowanbang public schools. FORBES: Forbes Public School has officially opened the new access ramp at the back of the administration block. The ramp was completed at the beginning of the month, following a $60,000 public works grant to upgrade the school. Forbes Public was just one of eight schools in the Dubbo electorate to receive the state government funding for construction and maintenance projects.DUBBO: The emergency ward entrance at Dubbo Hospital has received an outdoor decoration revamp. Six mosaic paving stones were unveiled yesterday morning, thanks to the work of Base Arts Inc and their Arts in Healthcare program.ORANGE: Sport fanatic Matt Tedeschi is willing to sacrifice a good night’s sleep for the sake of watching his beloved rugby league and World Cup sides. He and other sport supporters will juggle sleep on Wednesday as they attempt to watch both the State of Origin match at 7.30pm and the Australia vs Netherlands football match at 2am.PARKES: Parkes Shire Council is investigating the illegal clearing and damage of roadside vegetation committed at several locations along a 3km stretch of roadside on the Peak Hill - Tullamore Road, approximately four kilometres from Peak Hill. Council is seeking community input to aid in its investigation. COWRA: For his first few years at Cowra Public School, year three student Justin Saxby used to have to leave his wheelchair in the office and climb up the stairs with the help of his friends whenever he wanted to use the school's library. Now the the nine-year-old can access the facility whenever he wants, wheelchair and all, after the construction of a lift that will be able to carry him and other students to the library on the first floor.BLAYNEY: Four young Blayney boys had a blast at the Port Macquarie Big Band Blast Jazz Festival on May 30. Jake Ryan, Lochlain Kelly, Nicholas Corbett and Lachlan Price were all chosen as part of the 'Chill Factor' Bathurst band to travel to Port Macquarie and play on stage at the invitation only Jazz Festival.DUBBO: The Central West Science Hub has received a NSW Regional Science Grant to host the 2014 Science Cafe. A partnership between Dubbo City Council, Dubbo Field Naturalist and Conservation Society, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre, the Science Cafe aims to inspire families about the wonders of science.ORANGE: Orange High School’s diverse student population has been told to follow their dreams, no matter the barrier. The students from years 7-12 took part in cultural diversity talks yesterday, which featured Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan, the school’s Aboriginal engagement officer Gavin Bell and Canobolas Local Area Command Aboriginal community liaison officer Glen Sutherland as guest speakers.WELLINGTON: A Westpac donation of $10 000 will go towards changing lives in Wellington by helping locals get their driver's licence. Acting manager for Westpac Dubbo, Mitch Harland presented the cheque to Birrang project coordinator Craig Toole as sign-up week started in Wellington and more than 50 people applied.DUBBO: EMERGING industries like renewable energy and mines could employ hundreds or thousands of people in the Orana region in the next few years, according to Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana. RDA Orana said yesterday a report released on Sunday indicating the region faced an uncertain future when it came to job opportunities did not take those emerging industries into account.NARROMINE: The latest results from the Trangie Merino sire evaluations are set to attract ram breeders and sheep producers who want to meet flock breeding objectives, when the Trangie Agricultural Research Centre (TARC) hosts a field day. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) sheep breeding specialist, Brent McLeod, said the evaluations delivered reliable information on commercially significant wool and meat traits.ORANGE: Nurse Alex Jones was one of 12 NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members who met with members of Parliament last weekend as part of their push for improved health services in regional NSW. The group travelled from throughout NSW to Queanbeyan for the NSW Nationals’ annual general conference where they called on Nationals MPs and delegates to support their call for mandated nurse-to-patient ratios.CANOWINDRA: An outstanding game was played by the Canowindra Tigresses as they dominated Cargo Blue Heelers at Cargo 38-12. The girls applied a great deal of pressure right from the first whistle. Their plays that they set up were flawless as Cargo were unable to catch them as they weaved through the Heelers to give a half time score of 24-6.FORBES: Tuesday’s state budget confirms funding for projects including Forbes Hospital redevelopment and two rural bridges. Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the electorate had done well in this year’s budget with strong investment in new projects while securing our commitment to current projects.PARKES: The Lachlan Local Area Command has joined the national fight against illegal firearms, urging the community to do its bit to report and prevent rural gun thefts. The latest figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) indicate 555 firearms were reported stolen across the state in the 2013/14 financial year.DUBBO: Building of Dubbo's newest residential estate, Macquarie View, is underway. Located on Hennesey Road in South Dubbo, shareholder and local representative Peter Parish said there will be nothing else like it in town. "We've been planning for so long and I can't believe we've finally got there," Mr Parish said.ORANGE: Students studying hospitality at James Sheahan Catholic High School have valuable experience under their belts. The Year 11 students gained first-hand experience plating up and waiting on tables at the recent 150th anniversary dinner for the Catholic Parish of Orange.COWRA: The NRMA NSW Country Corellas have wrapped up their 2014 representative season on a high with a comprehensive win over the ACT in Campbelltown. In overcast and wintery conditions the Corellas, which included Cowra's Krystal Fyfe, Sheree Logan and captain Inge Visser, turned up the heat on their southern opponents to run in five tries and register a 33-10 victory.BATHURST: Hill End-Tambaroora Progress Association president Nick Harvey has called for help from all levels of government to get the Bridle Track reopened. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 061714pnickBATHURST: Goldfields Honey, Bee and Pollination Services owner Vicki Lockwood is bracing for a honey shortage. 061814pbees2BATHURST: Bathurst Harness Racing Club's new $7.5 million complex just off the Vale Road is taking shape, as can be seen from this aerial shot taken by Jerry Trevor-Jones.BATHURST: The Smallest Book in the World is on display at Slado's Recycled Books until Sunday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 061314pbook2LITHGOW: A male driver and passenger were lucky to escape serious injury after a brutal crash at the intersection of Barton Avenue and the Great Western Highway on Wednesday. BATHURST: Jill Driscoll, Shirley Doust and Judy Doust-Robinson were among 280 people who jumped aboard the Winter Winery Wander on Sunday. Photo: NADINE MORTON 061514nmwander12BATHURST: Patrick Lindsay, Connor Lambourn, Fletcher Begley, Josh Macauley and James Sherley, all Year 10 students at Stannies, with their robot which is about to navigate the water tower in the RoboCup competition on Friday. 061314pjcrobo2BATHURST: An award-winning South Korean film crew has visited Bathurst to record local kangaroos for their latest wildlife documentary series.BATHURST: John Farr deep in concentration while judging at the bird show held last weekend at the Bathurst PCYC. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 061514zbirds2MUDGEE: Gulgong Pony Club Members braved the cold to hold their rally day on Sunday. MUDGEE: About 100 community members took part in the official opening of a new footbridge across the Cudgegong River this week. PHOTO: DARREN SNYDERTweetFacebook of The week that was in the central westThe photos which tell the story of your region over the past seven daysfacebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsFollow us Comments Discuss "GALLERY: The week that was in the central west" Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.