Photos of the week | Regional Australia

Thousands attended the annual Normanville New Year's Eve pageant in South Australia.
Thousands attended the annual Normanville New Year's Eve pageant in South Australia.
Chris Young tries to maintain his balance in the second division bull-riding contest at the Tumbarumba Rodeo. Picture: Alastair Brook

Chris Young tries to maintain his balance in the second division bull-riding contest at the Tumbarumba Rodeo. Picture: Alastair Brook

Members of Armidale Action on Coal Seam Gas and Mining join other protestors in Narrabri.

Members of Armidale Action on Coal Seam Gas and Mining join other protestors in Narrabri.

A mower is believed to have sparked a grass fire which burned close to two homes near Wagga on Friday. Picture: Alastair Brook

A mower is believed to have sparked a grass fire which burned close to two homes near Wagga on Friday. Picture: Alastair Brook

Chloe, Angela, Peter and Yianni Travassaros of Tamworth are proud of their big red treasure. Picture: Gareth Gardner

Chloe, Angela, Peter and Yianni Travassaros of Tamworth are proud of their big red treasure. Picture: Gareth Gardner

Lynda McKilligan from Busselton animal rescue group SAFE hopes animals bought as Christmas presents have gone to good homes.

Lynda McKilligan from Busselton animal rescue group SAFE hopes animals bought as Christmas presents have gone to good homes.

Revellers ring in new year 2014 in Tamworth. Picture: Gareth Gardner

Revellers ring in new year 2014 in Tamworth. Picture: Gareth Gardner

Hazeldene's Chickens staff shocked by the discovery of human remains in a burnt out car in Bendigo, Victoria belonging to missing work colleague William Stevenson.

Hazeldene's Chickens staff shocked by the discovery of human remains in a burnt out car in Bendigo, Victoria belonging to missing work colleague William Stevenson.

A contrast of old and new, with a windmill pictured in front of wind turbines near Redhill in South Australia.

A contrast of old and new, with a windmill pictured in front of wind turbines near Redhill in South Australia.

Orange veterinarian Andrew Litchfield tends to Arnie who was vaccinated against the Hendra virus as soon as flying foxes arrived. Picture: Matt Findlay

Orange veterinarian Andrew Litchfield tends to Arnie who was vaccinated against the Hendra virus as soon as flying foxes arrived. Picture: Matt Findlay

Lisa, Ruby, 6, and Gregg with new twins Lenny and Lewis who were the first babies born at Ballarat Base Hospital on New Year's Day.

Lisa, Ruby, 6, and Gregg with new twins Lenny and Lewis who were the first babies born at Ballarat Base Hospital on New Year's Day.

Mark Hansford compete in the open standing block heats at the Glenlyon Sports Club's New Year’s Day Mixed Sports event. Picture: Craig Holloway

Mark Hansford compete in the open standing block heats at the Glenlyon Sports Club's New Year’s Day Mixed Sports event. Picture: Craig Holloway

Maryborough Highland Gathering Parade included Cailey Finlayson with the Golden City Pipe Band. Pictures: Jim Aldersey

Maryborough Highland Gathering Parade included Cailey Finlayson with the Golden City Pipe Band. Pictures: Jim Aldersey

 Eighteen-year-old Lee Forrest, off seven metres, edged out strong contender Noddy Angelakos to win the coveted $15,000 Maryborough Gift.

Eighteen-year-old Lee Forrest, off seven metres, edged out strong contender Noddy Angelakos to win the coveted $15,000 Maryborough Gift.

Darwin's Steve Riley and Jess Tye show off their customised furniture at the Holbrook New Year's Eve BnS Ball. Picture: Alastair Brook

Darwin's Steve Riley and Jess Tye show off their customised furniture at the Holbrook New Year's Eve BnS Ball. Picture: Alastair Brook

Police organise evidence bags outside the service station in Cobram where Hayden Atkinson-Thring, 20, was stabbed to death on Thursday.

Police organise evidence bags outside the service station in Cobram where Hayden Atkinson-Thring, 20, was stabbed to death on Thursday.

The Summernats 27 Street Cruise down Canberra's Northbourne Avenue. Picture: Graham Tidy

The Summernats 27 Street Cruise down Canberra's Northbourne Avenue. Picture: Graham Tidy

Can man Gary McGrath has been collecting beer cans since he was 13 – but insists he's not obsessed. Picture: Brendan McCarthy

Can man Gary McGrath has been collecting beer cans since he was 13 – but insists he's not obsessed. Picture: Brendan McCarthy

The Summernats 27 Street Cruise down Canberra's Northbourne Avenue. Picture: Graham Tidy

The Summernats 27 Street Cruise down Canberra's Northbourne Avenue. Picture: Graham Tidy

Victoria's Wimmera has experienced a drop in people seeking homelessness support. Picture: Kate Healy

Victoria's Wimmera has experienced a drop in people seeking homelessness support. Picture: Kate Healy

Sheffield Inc. president Mark Beach-Ross looks over The World Open, by Patricia Smart in Tasmania. Picture: Katrina Dodd.

Sheffield Inc. president Mark Beach-Ross looks over The World Open, by Patricia Smart in Tasmania. Picture: Katrina Dodd.

Spectators crowd the Peterborough coastline in Victoria to watch the stricken cray boat hauled free from the sand.

Spectators crowd the Peterborough coastline in Victoria to watch the stricken cray boat hauled free from the sand.

Ballarat's Brian Rickard with the ferris wheel his friend Ken Williams made before dying of cancer. Picture: Kate Healy

Ballarat's Brian Rickard with the ferris wheel his friend Ken Williams made before dying of cancer. Picture: Kate Healy

Workmates Sam Miller (left), Jeremy Burgess and Justin Christoforou will soon embark on a 165km walk from Warrnambool to Halls Gap to raise money for Peter’s Project.

Workmates Sam Miller (left), Jeremy Burgess and Justin Christoforou will soon embark on a 165km walk from Warrnambool to Halls Gap to raise money for Peter’s Project.

Sharks featured in the Normanville New Year's Eve pageant 2013 on the coast of South Australia.

Sharks featured in the Normanville New Year's Eve pageant 2013 on the coast of South Australia.

Westbury Cricket Club's Michael and Gale Claxton with the big stumps, under consideration for a Guinness World Record in Tasmania.

Westbury Cricket Club's Michael and Gale Claxton with the big stumps, under consideration for a Guinness World Record in Tasmania.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Darren Bourke of Wauchope, NSW will head to New Zealand to play cricket.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Darren Bourke of Wauchope, NSW will head to New Zealand to play cricket.

Victor Martyn arrived from Darwin to work with police in pleading for public assistance in solving the New Year's Day murder of his brother Peter in Port Macquarie, NSW.

Victor Martyn arrived from Darwin to work with police in pleading for public assistance in solving the New Year's Day murder of his brother Peter in Port Macquarie, NSW.

An entry in the 2013 Broulee Sand Modelling and Sand Castle Competition on New Year's Eve.

An entry in the 2013 Broulee Sand Modelling and Sand Castle Competition on New Year's Eve.

Ewan Stewart pictured with ‘Portrait’ – created by wife Jacinda, daughter Madeline, Kelly Hedditch and Eleanor Stewart at the Broulee Sand Modelling and Sand Castle Competition.

Ewan Stewart pictured with ‘Portrait’ – created by wife Jacinda, daughter Madeline, Kelly Hedditch and Eleanor Stewart at the Broulee Sand Modelling and Sand Castle Competition.

An entry in the 2013 Broulee Sand Modelling and Sand Castle Competition.

An entry in the 2013 Broulee Sand Modelling and Sand Castle Competition.

Ryan Hancock (yellow) hits the finishing line in first position ahead of other gift finalists including Ararat's Marcus Cooper (pink). Picture: Peter Pickering

Ryan Hancock (yellow) hits the finishing line in first position ahead of other gift finalists including Ararat's Marcus Cooper (pink). Picture: Peter Pickering

Bunbury competitor Simon Ellis at the National Cherub and Nacra titles at Koombana Bay Sailing Club.

Bunbury competitor Simon Ellis at the National Cherub and Nacra titles at Koombana Bay Sailing Club.

Suellen Goyne, from Corlette, with daughter Nirvana Goyne, 2, on holidays at Birubi Beach. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Suellen Goyne, from Corlette, with daughter Nirvana Goyne, 2, on holidays at Birubi Beach. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Simon Abbott and daughter Amelie enjoys the King Tide of two metres on the Illawarra coast. Picture: Kirk Gilmour

Simon Abbott and daughter Amelie enjoys the King Tide of two metres on the Illawarra coast. Picture: Kirk Gilmour

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The SouthCare helicopter arrives at the crash scene where a Coolamon man hit a tree about 20 kilometres from Coolamon, NSW. Picture: Alastair Brook

The SouthCare helicopter arrives at the crash scene where a Coolamon man hit a tree about 20 kilometres from Coolamon, NSW. Picture: Alastair Brook

Sam Carless, Maddi Devoy and Grace Manton enjoy the warm weather in King Edward Park, Newcastle. Picture: Ryan Osland

Sam Carless, Maddi Devoy and Grace Manton enjoy the warm weather in King Edward Park, Newcastle. Picture: Ryan Osland

Alyssa, Lisette, Simon and Amelie Abbott enjoy the king tide on the Illawarra coast. Picture: Kirk Gilmour

Alyssa, Lisette, Simon and Amelie Abbott enjoy the king tide on the Illawarra coast. Picture: Kirk Gilmour

Boggabri's Cameron Valks, 5, shows off the $1 coin he accidentally swallowed. Picture: Geoff O’Neill

Boggabri's Cameron Valks, 5, shows off the $1 coin he accidentally swallowed. Picture: Geoff O’Neill

Emus cross a road near Mambray Creek in South Australia.

Emus cross a road near Mambray Creek in South Australia.

Action from day six of the George Bass Marathon as it headed in to Pambula Beach, NSW.

Action from day six of the George Bass Marathon as it headed in to Pambula Beach, NSW.