June 28 2014 - 5:30AM GALLERY: The week that was in the central west FAIRFAX MEDIALocal NewsfacebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments GALLERY: The week that was in the central west DUBBO: The patients were a little furrier than usual at a special hospital set up in Dubbo yesterday. Fun and learning went hand in hand when medical students from the University of Sydney School of Rural Health Dubbo Campus ran their annual Teddy Bear Hospital at Buninyong Public School.GRENFELL: The central west’s agricultural workforce may have dropped in the past 15 years, but the State of the Regions report has identified the industry as the potential answer to cope with declines in manufacturing. The report, unveiled at the Australian Local Government Association conference earlier this week, confirmed the central west workforce’s shift away from manufacturing and agriculture towards health services and retail.ORANGE: Up to 80 per cent of people who participated in the Orange PCYC Traffic Offenders Intervention program were caught drink-driving the day after a night out. That was the anecdotal statistic, program co-ordinator Shani Coles gave, and she said more education was needed to explain to drinkers how long alcohol took to leave their system.NYNGAN: This year’s Nyngan Ag Expo is building to be even bigger than last year, according to administrator Robyn Harris. The Expo, which is the biggest sheep exhibition in the Central West, will be held on Saturday August 2 at the Nyngan Showground and 230 exhibitors have already signed up to be part of the day.CANOWINDRA: It's official - Canowindra's 2014 Balloon Challenge was a hit. Canowindra Challenge Incorporated chairman Arthur Falconer said the week-long competitive ballooning event attracted approximately 15,000 visitors to the area which injected $1.9 million into the local economy through spending in local and regional business, accommodation facilities, shops, restaurants and cafes and specialised tourism services.ORANGE: State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers said it was lucky no one was injured when wild winds gripped the central west on Tuesday night and brought down three trees in Orange. SES volunteers were called to Clergate Road, by police, at 4.30am Wednesday to remove a “large” tree which had fallen on the road and blocked it. COWRA: The Esky Ball has been a huge success, better than we could have imagined. With the doors opening at 6pm we had more than 300 people in attendance; the hard work of our Esky Ball committee definitely paid off.DUBBO: Officials at Club Dubbo expect this year's Sainsbury Automotive Open Medley Fours Tournament to be the biggest and best yet. Now into its fifth year, the tournament will be held at the West Dubbo club this Friday, June 27, with an increased total purse of $4400.ORANGE: Orange City Council migrant support officer Anni Gallagher believes an after school hockey program run as part of the Sports, Konnections, Information, Lifeskills and Leadership (SKILLS) program will teach children social cohesion and lifelong skills. Hockey NSW regional coaching co-ordinator Kate Pulbrook agreed and added it would teach the children basic skills while drumming home the importance of respect and teamwork.WESTERN MAGAZINE: Local councils and the state government are being encouraged to apply for funding to upgrade timber bridges and improve heavy vehicle safety. Round 1 of the government's new Bridges Renewal Programme and Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity programme are now officially open.DUBBO: Authorities were disappointed to find a series of illegal lines and drag nets during a major fisheries operation in the state's north-west carried out during the June long weekend. Department of Primary Industries supervising fisheries officer Jason Baldwin said the June long weekend was a popular time to go fishing in the region but not everyone followed the rules.NARROMINE: The Central West Local Land Services has released a series of online videos showing how farmers can test and understand their soil. The tests shown are a simple and inexpensive way of understanding what is happening below.ORANGE: There's no doubting the strength of Orange’s high-end property market after a Byng Street house sold for $1.03 million on Saturday, the highest price paid for a residential house at auction. McCormack Barber principal Ken Barber said the sale price of 39-41 Byng Street was exceptional and well above the reserve.DUBBO: The morale boost from community support is one of the factors that could push Dubbo over the line in the Astley Cup, according to Dubbo Senior College's school captain Lachlan van Dartel. Wednesday kicked off the final round of the 2014 Astley Cup, with Dubbo College Senior Campus taking on Orange High School at Dubbo.WELLINGTON: You have got to love Andrew 'Bubbles' Tierney. After almost three decades the popular butcher is handing over to his business to the next generation but he's still full of the energy he's best known for. "I've had a great time here for 26 years but my hands aren't good, so I'm going to do another job somewhere else.COWRA: You could be forgiven for thinking a young Jarryd Hayne, Billy Slater or Greg Inglis were walking around Mulyan Public School on Friday, June 20, when students sported their favourite team's colours for Footy Fan Day. Teacher Jeanette Cranney said students loved the annual fundraiser for the school, with students decked out in jerseys, crazy hats and giant inflatable hands.DUBBO: Dubbo's publicly-owned caravan park will receive a $1 million facelift at its current site as its operator looks to provide the best returns for ratepayers. Dubbo City Council this week considered options for the sale of a fixed-term lease of the asset and its possible relocation.FORBES: A public meeting was held on Thursday to discuss the future of the National BBQ Championships. Forbes Shire Council invited anyone interested in the event to come along and have a say at Town Hall.DUBBO: A small town boy from Wellington has dared to dream big, taking out the national title in the junior boys' section under-42kg at the championships in Wollongong. "It was exciting but nerve wracking, standing next to your opponent," Nat Lindsay said of his victory. "A lot of it is mind games."PARKES: Parkes’ newly appointed Elvis Festival Director Emily Mann started in her new role last week and is already feeling at home. Emily is a festival producer experienced in programming and delivering large-scale festival events, and will be responsible for the management and delivery of the annual Elvis Festival - now in its 23rd year.CANOWINDRA: With free entry for children, the Age of Fishes Museum has all your school holiday activities sorted. One child under 16 years of age will be given free entry to the museum for each paying adult in a group from Monday, June 30 to Sunday, July 13, giving kids the opportunity to explore the museum.COWRA: State Water’s response to the claims by Trout Farm Road residents regarding the state of the road was that the road meets both Australian and NSW Roads and Maritime Services’ standards. Jane Urquart is the Senior Communication Officer of Major Projects for State Water; she ensures the company has been doing their utmost to communicate with residents throughout the project.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.RYDAL: Jackaroo 4WD Club president Colin Robinson presents a cheque to Rydal RFS Senior Deputy Captain Phil Paton as club members look on. lm061014fourwd1BATHURST: Bathurst South Public School students Kairrissa Mackay, Aaliyah Penman and Serena Sharpley with actor Luke Carroll at the NAIDOC Public Speaking and Debating Challenge. Photo ZENIO LAPKA 062314znaidocBATHURST: Anakita Escalante, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the All Saints’ Art Festival, with her stunning seascape, Bright Waters. Photo PHILL MURRAY 060514panaBATHURST: Bathurst and District Historical Society president Alan McRae and Bathurst Family History Group volunteer Barry Konemann sift through the damaged headstones at Bathurst cemetery yesterday. Photo ZENIO LAPKA 062614zgrBATHURST: Bathurst Women’s Housing Program manager Sue Lasky has fears for the future of the program after a missed funding grant, which keeps families off the street. Photo ZENIO LAPKA 062014zhousingBATHURST: Students from St Philomena's School in Bathurst take part in Jump Rope For Heart.MUDGEE: Gulgong debutantes and partners were looking stunning on Saturday as they joined the Mudgee Basketball Debutante Ball. Here is Courtney Tuck - Lee with partner William Cover.OBERON: A dusting of snow settled over the Oberon region on Monday night.TweetFacebook 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.