MEGA GALLERY: The Week in Pictures, April 25

NOWRA: HUNDREDS of colourful balloons danced their way into the sky as a tribute to Nowra High student Sarah Blank, who died on Monday, April 7.
NOWRA: HUNDREDS of colourful balloons danced their way into the sky as a tribute to Nowra High student Sarah Blank, who died on Monday, April 7.
THIRROUL: Land drops away sharply near a home between Corbett Avenue and Woodland Avenue at Thirroul overlooking McCauleys Beach. Photo: KIRK GILMOUR, Illawarra Mercury.

THIRROUL: Land drops away sharply near a home between Corbett Avenue and Woodland Avenue at Thirroul overlooking McCauleys Beach. Photo: KIRK GILMOUR, Illawarra Mercury.

WARRAWONG: Chris and Dan Murphy at Aventus Health and Fitness at Warrawong. Photo: KIRK GILMOUR, Illawarra Mercury.

WARRAWONG: Chris and Dan Murphy at Aventus Health and Fitness at Warrawong. Photo: KIRK GILMOUR, Illawarra Mercury.

ALBION PARK RAIL: Arriving with a hum rather than a roar, an Australia-first motoring facility will open in Albion Park Rail this weekend. C1 Speed owner Steve Caunt at the track. Photo: ADAM McLEAN, Illawarra Mercury.

ALBION PARK RAIL: Arriving with a hum rather than a roar, an Australia-first motoring facility will open in Albion Park Rail this weekend. C1 Speed owner Steve Caunt at the track. Photo: ADAM McLEAN, Illawarra Mercury.

CANBERRA: Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George as they prepare to board a plane with her husband Prince William (not pictured) to depart Canberra April 25, 2014. Photo: PHIL NOBLE, Canberra Times

CANBERRA: Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George as they prepare to board a plane with her husband Prince William (not pictured) to depart Canberra April 25, 2014. Photo: PHIL NOBLE, Canberra Times

NEWCASTLE: SURF patrols have ceases on the majority of Hunter beaches, with the region’s paid lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers taking down the flags for winter. Newcastle beach surf lifesaver Nathan Moore. Photo: RYAN OSLAND, Newcastle Herald.

NEWCASTLE: SURF patrols have ceases on the majority of Hunter beaches, with the region’s paid lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers taking down the flags for winter. Newcastle beach surf lifesaver Nathan Moore. Photo: RYAN OSLAND, Newcastle Herald.

NEWCASTLE: AN electrical storm swept the Hunter on Friday morning blacking out traffic lights and causing damage to homes. A lightning storm rolled over Newcastle overnight causing chaos. Photo: MARINA NEIL, Newcastle Herald.

NEWCASTLE: AN electrical storm swept the Hunter on Friday morning blacking out traffic lights and causing damage to homes. A lightning storm rolled over Newcastle overnight causing chaos. Photo: MARINA NEIL, Newcastle Herald.

SWANSEA: THE legacy of the light horse units was honoured in Swansea, with a re-enactment of one of Australian military history’s most iconic images. Justin Rumore and Sam Dhnaram in a light-horse re-enactment on Blacksmiths beach. Photo: NEWCASTLE HERALD.

SWANSEA: THE legacy of the light horse units was honoured in Swansea, with a re-enactment of one of Australian military history’s most iconic images. Justin Rumore and Sam Dhnaram in a light-horse re-enactment on Blacksmiths beach. Photo: NEWCASTLE HERALD.

BALLARAT: Girls Night Out at the Ballarat Trotting Club. Emma Idnurm, Siobhan Wade, Dolores Sayasane and Danielle Cross. Photo: ADAM TRAFFORD, The Courier.

BALLARAT: Girls Night Out at the Ballarat Trotting Club. Emma Idnurm, Siobhan Wade, Dolores Sayasane and Danielle Cross. Photo: ADAM TRAFFORD, The Courier.

BALLARAT: Girls Night Out at the Ballarat Trotting Club. Kieley Magri and Erin Irvin. Photo: ADAM TRAFFORD, The Courier.

BALLARAT: Girls Night Out at the Ballarat Trotting Club. Kieley Magri and Erin Irvin. Photo: ADAM TRAFFORD, The Courier.

MOUNT ARAPILES: A man was freed after being stuck between two boulders at Mt Arapiles for almost 10 hours. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER, The Courier.

MOUNT ARAPILES: A man was freed after being stuck between two boulders at Mt Arapiles for almost 10 hours. Photo: PAUL CARRACHER, The Courier.

STAWELL: Luke Versace, winner of the 2014 Stawell Gift. Photo: The Courier.

STAWELL: Luke Versace, winner of the 2014 Stawell Gift. Photo: The Courier.

STAWELL: Luke Versace, winner of the 2014 Stawell Gift. Photo: The Courier.

STAWELL: Luke Versace, winner of the 2014 Stawell Gift. Photo: The Courier.

STAWELL: Holly Dobbyn wins the 2014 Womens Stawell Gift, on the shoulders of Peter O'Dwyer and Tara Domaschenz.

STAWELL: Holly Dobbyn wins the 2014 Womens Stawell Gift, on the shoulders of Peter O'Dwyer and Tara Domaschenz.

BALLARAT: David Little and Pauline Findlay capsize on day two of the Australian Canoe Marathon Championships at Lake Wendouree. Photo: The Courier.

BALLARAT: David Little and Pauline Findlay capsize on day two of the Australian Canoe Marathon Championships at Lake Wendouree. Photo: The Courier.

BENDIGO: Karen Water Festival celebrations on the Campaspe River - Karen community leader Venerable Moonienda. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Karen Water Festival celebrations on the Campaspe River - Karen community leader Venerable Moonienda. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Rheola Charity Carnival. Photo: GLENN DANIELS, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Rheola Charity Carnival. Photo: GLENN DANIELS, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Rheola Charity Carnival. Photo: GLENN DANIELS, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Rheola Charity Carnival. Photo: GLENN DANIELS, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Sun Loong exits the Golden Dragon Museum before the parade. Photo: JIM ALDERSEY, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Sun Loong exits the Golden Dragon Museum before the parade. Photo: JIM ALDERSEY, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Putting on her Easter Parade face, along with a cut costume, was Anabel Briggs. Photo: LIZ FLEMING, Bendigo Advertiser.

BENDIGO: Putting on her Easter Parade face, along with a cut costume, was Anabel Briggs. Photo: LIZ FLEMING, Bendigo Advertiser.

ALBURY: This four-wheel-drive dumped and set alight in West Albury bushland. Photo: TARA GOONAN, Border Mail.

ALBURY: This four-wheel-drive dumped and set alight in West Albury bushland. Photo: TARA GOONAN, Border Mail.

CANOWINDRA: In what has been described by organisers as "perfect conditions" the National Balloon Championships fired up for the first day of competition in Canowindra. With ideal weather forecast for the remainder of the week, spectators are encouraged to follow the balloons as they make their journey to various targets around the region. Photo: Canowindra News.

CANOWINDRA: In what has been described by organisers as "perfect conditions" the National Balloon Championships fired up for the first day of competition in Canowindra. With ideal weather forecast for the remainder of the week, spectators are encouraged to follow the balloons as they make their journey to various targets around the region. Photo: Canowindra News.

BATHURST: The Bathurst Motor Festival was one of the best places in Bathurst to spend the Easter holiday.Photo: Western Advocate.

BATHURST: The Bathurst Motor Festival was one of the best places in Bathurst to spend the Easter holiday.Photo: Western Advocate.

ORANGE: Scavengers have rifled through donations left at the doors of St Vincent de Paul and in the donation boxes in McNamara Street on Saturday night leaving clothes, household items and toys strewn all over the footpath. St Vincent de Paul mobilised its specially tasked team of ‘weekend warrior’ volunteers after mass on Sunday to clean up the mess with one-and-a-half skip bins of items left in the charity bins and on the footpath unable to be passed on for sale at the charity shop. Photo: Central Western Daily.

ORANGE: Scavengers have rifled through donations left at the doors of St Vincent de Paul and in the donation boxes in McNamara Street on Saturday night leaving clothes, household items and toys strewn all over the footpath. St Vincent de Paul mobilised its specially tasked team of ‘weekend warrior’ volunteers after mass on Sunday to clean up the mess with one-and-a-half skip bins of items left in the charity bins and on the footpath unable to be passed on for sale at the charity shop. Photo: Central Western Daily.

BATHURST: Nigel Simmons was devastated to find his white EA Falcon badly vandalised when he went to check on the car which was parked by the roadside on Hereford Street with numerous other vehicles up for sale. Photo: Western Advocate.

BATHURST: Nigel Simmons was devastated to find his white EA Falcon badly vandalised when he went to check on the car which was parked by the roadside on Hereford Street with numerous other vehicles up for sale. Photo: Western Advocate.

MUDGEE: Easter Sunday races drew a great crowd to the Mudgee Racetrack. Enjoy the action were Alex Ashton, Mikaela Gilchrist and Chloe Devine. Photo: Mudgee Guardian.

MUDGEE: Easter Sunday races drew a great crowd to the Mudgee Racetrack. Enjoy the action were Alex Ashton, Mikaela Gilchrist and Chloe Devine. Photo: Mudgee Guardian.

WAGGA WAGGA: An Australian flag flutters in the breeze as Willans Hill backdrops the many vehicles camped at the Stone the Crows Festival in Wagga on Good Friday. Photo: KIEREN L TILLY.

WAGGA WAGGA: An Australian flag flutters in the breeze as Willans Hill backdrops the many vehicles camped at the Stone the Crows Festival in Wagga on Good Friday. Photo: KIEREN L TILLY.

WAGGA WAGGA: Lauren Carison, Shelly McCormack and Rebecca Hennessy are ready to take to the stage for the opening night of Wagga takes Two. Photo: LAURA HARDWICK, Daily Advertiser.

WAGGA WAGGA: Lauren Carison, Shelly McCormack and Rebecca Hennessy are ready to take to the stage for the opening night of Wagga takes Two. Photo: LAURA HARDWICK, Daily Advertiser.

GOULBURN: They're determined to keep their prices down, and at $8 an adult ticket, the Lilac City Cinema may be the cheapest in the state. Some of the staff: Ellen Ryan, Jerrod Murdoch, Sarah Joyce, Emily Brown, Sam Grant and Richard Joyce. Photo: BRITTANY MURPHY, Goulburn Post.

GOULBURN: They're determined to keep their prices down, and at $8 an adult ticket, the Lilac City Cinema may be the cheapest in the state. Some of the staff: Ellen Ryan, Jerrod Murdoch, Sarah Joyce, Emily Brown, Sam Grant and Richard Joyce. Photo: BRITTANY MURPHY, Goulburn Post.

GOULBURN: Hot Rods of all shapes, colours and sizes took took to the city on the long weekend, with dedicated ‘rodders’ from all over Australia stopping over for the annual Easter Hot Rod Shakedown. Goulburn couple Local couple Shane Stewart and Rachel Thomson enjoyed dressing up in their 1950s gear to accompany Shane’s vehicle, a 1959 Cadillac DeVille at their first Shakedown. Photo: ANTONY DUBBER, Goulburn Post.

GOULBURN: Hot Rods of all shapes, colours and sizes took took to the city on the long weekend, with dedicated ‘rodders’ from all over Australia stopping over for the annual Easter Hot Rod Shakedown. Goulburn couple Local couple Shane Stewart and Rachel Thomson enjoyed dressing up in their 1950s gear to accompany Shane’s vehicle, a 1959 Cadillac DeVille at their first Shakedown. Photo: ANTONY DUBBER, Goulburn Post.

GOULBURN: Vehicles from the Easter Hot Rod Shakedown prepare for their main street parade. Photo: ANTONY DUBBER.

GOULBURN: Vehicles from the Easter Hot Rod Shakedown prepare for their main street parade. Photo: ANTONY DUBBER.

GOULBURN: All in the name of art, model Serena Greaves got cold and soaked at Marsden Weir for a photo shoot by her daughter, Eden Greaves.

GOULBURN: All in the name of art, model Serena Greaves got cold and soaked at Marsden Weir for a photo shoot by her daughter, Eden Greaves.

MANDURAH: Carly Menzies prepares to compete at the Regional CrossFit Games in New South Wales. Photo: Mandurah Mail.

MANDURAH: Carly Menzies prepares to compete at the Regional CrossFit Games in New South Wales. Photo: Mandurah Mail.

TAMWORTH: Hannah Herden strikes a pose as Tamworth Cup hopeful Jefferson Park, with strapper Chris Rock, gear up for tomorrow’s big race. Photo: BARRY SMITH, Northwern Daily Leader.

TAMWORTH: Hannah Herden strikes a pose as Tamworth Cup hopeful Jefferson Park, with strapper Chris Rock, gear up for tomorrow’s big race. Photo: BARRY SMITH, Northwern Daily Leader.

MOORE CREEK: SHOOTING pigs in the Aussie bush is a far cry from strutting the catwalks of London, but Eedi Jennar manages to straddle both. A self-confessed tomboy, the Moore Creek teenager is also a rising star in the modelling world, recently returning from the Top Model Worldwide quest in London. Photo: GARETH GARDNER, Northern Daily Leader.

MOORE CREEK: SHOOTING pigs in the Aussie bush is a far cry from strutting the catwalks of London, but Eedi Jennar manages to straddle both. A self-confessed tomboy, the Moore Creek teenager is also a rising star in the modelling world, recently returning from the Top Model Worldwide quest in London. Photo: GARETH GARDNER, Northern Daily Leader.

WAUCHOPE: At the Wauchope Show, this is presumably a Cow Wash? Photo: Port Macquarie News.

WAUCHOPE: At the Wauchope Show, this is presumably a Cow Wash? Photo: Port Macquarie News.

WAUCHOPE: And it's not a rural show without face painting. Photo: Port Macquarie News.

WAUCHOPE: And it's not a rural show without face painting. Photo: Port Macquarie News.

PORT MACQUARIE: Forget the NRL - it's time for the BIG GAME as the Port City Breakers prepare for their 2014 campaign. Photo: Port Macquarie News.

PORT MACQUARIE: Forget the NRL - it's time for the BIG GAME as the Port City Breakers prepare for their 2014 campaign. Photo: Port Macquarie News.

NOWRA: Bolong Road was closed due to a head-on collision between two vehicles that claimed a life this week. Photo: South Coast Register.

NOWRA: Bolong Road was closed due to a head-on collision between two vehicles that claimed a life this week. Photo: South Coast Register.

LAUNCESTON: Eamonn Matthews of Launceston chats with artists Patricia Smart and Ollie Grohs through the gap in their weather proof covering as a steady rain fell on day two of Mural Fest. Photo: Katrina Docking, The Advocate.

LAUNCESTON: Eamonn Matthews of Launceston chats with artists Patricia Smart and Ollie Grohs through the gap in their weather proof covering as a steady rain fell on day two of Mural Fest. Photo: Katrina Docking, The Advocate.

WARRNAMBOOL: Personal trainers Mel and Scott O’Keefe prepare for a boot camp in aid of Bryn Murfett who is trying to raise funds so he could undergo stem cell treatment. Photo: Warrnambool Standard.

WARRNAMBOOL: Personal trainers Mel and Scott O’Keefe prepare for a boot camp in aid of Bryn Murfett who is trying to raise funds so he could undergo stem cell treatment. Photo: Warrnambool Standard.

BULLAHARE: A MAN was killed after the car he was driving and a truck collided at Bullaharre, five kilometres east of Cobden. Photo: Warrnambool Stadard.

BULLAHARE: A MAN was killed after the car he was driving and a truck collided at Bullaharre, five kilometres east of Cobden. Photo: Warrnambool Stadard.

BOWRAL: There's something about Mary... and a spoon full of sugar won't fix it. The Mary Poppins statue in Bowral has changed direction. Pictured are Melissa and Paul McShane with Terry Oakes-Ash and his pet dog George, who first noticed something was amiss with Mary. Photo: DOMINICA SANDA, Southern Highland News.

BOWRAL: There's something about Mary... and a spoon full of sugar won't fix it. The Mary Poppins statue in Bowral has changed direction. Pictured are Melissa and Paul McShane with Terry Oakes-Ash and his pet dog George, who first noticed something was amiss with Mary. Photo: DOMINICA SANDA, Southern Highland News.

BOWRAL: Tough Mudder is coming to the Highlands for the first time this November and teams are starting to put in the hard yards. Pictured is Andrew Mevissen, Matt Coady, Murray Hamer, Daniel Weekes and Rick Mooney preparing for the competition. Photo: ROY TRUSCOTT, Southern Highland News.

BOWRAL: Tough Mudder is coming to the Highlands for the first time this November and teams are starting to put in the hard yards. Pictured is Andrew Mevissen, Matt Coady, Murray Hamer, Daniel Weekes and Rick Mooney preparing for the competition. Photo: ROY TRUSCOTT, Southern Highland News.

COOTAMUNDRA: Bulldogs players (from left) Nathan McGowan, Matt Forsyth and Luke Berkrey, are excited to get the Group Nine season underway this weekend when they take on Young in Young. After a long pre-season the boys said they are keen to play competition footy. Photo: Cootamundra Herald.

COOTAMUNDRA: Bulldogs players (from left) Nathan McGowan, Matt Forsyth and Luke Berkrey, are excited to get the Group Nine season underway this weekend when they take on Young in Young. After a long pre-season the boys said they are keen to play competition footy. Photo: Cootamundra Herald.

YOUNG: Young’s mayor wants to reassure the town that council is doing everything in their power to address the hazardous Bendick Bends that have recently seen three accidents – one a fatality –  within a two week period. The councillor announced yesterday he has booked a meeting with the Wagga Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) regional manager in Wagga on May 6 to discuss what can be done to increase the safety of the bends that run through Bendick Murrell. He also has hopes to approach NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay about the issue. Photo: Young Witness.

YOUNG: Young’s mayor wants to reassure the town that council is doing everything in their power to address the hazardous Bendick Bends that have recently seen three accidents – one a fatality – within a two week period. The councillor announced yesterday he has booked a meeting with the Wagga Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) regional manager in Wagga on May 6 to discuss what can be done to increase the safety of the bends that run through Bendick Murrell. He also has hopes to approach NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay about the issue. Photo: Young Witness.