MEGA GALLERY: The week in pictures

Take a photo tour across the Fairfax regional network to see the week in photos. 

Enjoy 40 fantastic images reflecting the the highs, lows, celebrations and tragedies faced by ordinary Australians.

Allison Daley, of Legana, with her vintage-inspired ice-cream van, Dolly's Parlour. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Allison Daley, of Legana, with her vintage-inspired ice-cream van, Dolly's Parlour. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Wollongong buskers, brothers Adrian and Sam James, are ready to entertain people in the mall. Pic: Ken Robertson

Wollongong buskers, brothers Adrian and Sam James, are ready to entertain people in the mall. Pic: Ken Robertson

Mission Australia gambling counsellor Jeremy Pragnell has voiced concerns about online betting. Pic: Andy Zakeli

Mission Australia gambling counsellor Jeremy Pragnell has voiced concerns about online betting. Pic: Andy Zakeli

Matthew Carroll is worried about skatepark safety after an accident near Wollongong recently. Pic: Orlando Chiodo

Matthew Carroll is worried about skatepark safety after an accident near Wollongong recently. Pic: Orlando Chiodo

Thick fog shrouds Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, on Friday morning. Pic: Lachlan Bence

Thick fog shrouds Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, on Friday morning. Pic: Lachlan Bence

Mick Wilkinson, of 6 Machine Gun Battalion, lays a wreath at a memorial service near Wollongong to commemorate a daring rescue mission for US soldiers in 1943.

Mick Wilkinson, of 6 Machine Gun Battalion, lays a wreath at a memorial service near Wollongong to commemorate a daring rescue mission for US soldiers in 1943.

Border Ford enthusiast John Panlook, with his 1962 XK Falcon and 1971 XY GT Falcon, says he is not surprised by the news Ford will cease production completely in Australia in 2016. Pic: John Russell

Border Ford enthusiast John Panlook, with his 1962 XK Falcon and 1971 XY GT Falcon, says he is not surprised by the news Ford will cease production completely in Australia in 2016. Pic: John Russell

The kids from Collector Public School: Thomas Granger, Micah Taylor, Caitlyn Molloy, Juliette Hart, Miranda Hadlow and Zoey Morrison.

The kids from Collector Public School: Thomas Granger, Micah Taylor, Caitlyn Molloy, Juliette Hart, Miranda Hadlow and Zoey Morrison.

Federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett sits in on a kindergarten music class with Selina, Jacobi and Makayla

Federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett sits in on a kindergarten music class with Selina, Jacobi and Makayla

Jack Charles delivers a stirring performance in the latest HotHouse production. Picture: Tara Goonan

Jack Charles delivers a stirring performance in the latest HotHouse production. Picture: Tara Goonan

Jamie Watson, 26, of Launceston, is waiting for a double mastectomy. Picture: Will Swan

Jamie Watson, 26, of Launceston, is waiting for a double mastectomy. Picture: Will Swan

Tasmanian festival organisers were hoping to host a winter solstice nude swim in the Derwent River. Picture: Remi Chauvin

Tasmanian festival organisers were hoping to host a winter solstice nude swim in the Derwent River. Picture: Remi Chauvin

Jacqui Bateman of Kingston SE held an exhibition showcasing local farmers - pictured is local Aaron Varcoe.

Jacqui Bateman of Kingston SE held an exhibition showcasing local farmers - pictured is local Aaron Varcoe.

Ballarat distance runner Tracie Kaye won the women's event at the Great Ocean Road marathon, in only her second  maathon. Pic: Julie Whitelock

Ballarat distance runner Tracie Kaye won the women's event at the Great Ocean Road marathon, in only her second maathon. Pic: Julie Whitelock

Firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus while extinguishing a fire at California Gully this week. Pic: Jodie Donnellan

Firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus while extinguishing a fire at California Gully this week. Pic: Jodie Donnellan

Claudia Sorby and Adelle Harper take part in the Detention 4 Detention campaign, which aims to end child immigration detention. Pic: Darren Pateman

Claudia Sorby and Adelle Harper take part in the Detention 4 Detention campaign, which aims to end child immigration detention. Pic: Darren Pateman

US basketball import for the Wagga Blaze, Brianna Hypolite. Pic: Michael Frogley

US basketball import for the Wagga Blaze, Brianna Hypolite. Pic: Michael Frogley

Sharing a laugh from left is Archie Saunders, Roy Dunn and Mike Meleppo while installing wind barriers in the Chain of Bays area near Streaky Bay on the West Coast.

Sharing a laugh from left is Archie Saunders, Roy Dunn and Mike Meleppo while installing wind barriers in the Chain of Bays area near Streaky Bay on the West Coast.

Light aircraft crash at Wagga airport. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Light aircraft crash at Wagga airport. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Orange vet Kate Burnheim administers medication to Fuzz, a two-year-old Welsh mountain pony, before being craned out of the well. Photo: Steve Gosch

Orange vet Kate Burnheim administers medication to Fuzz, a two-year-old Welsh mountain pony, before being craned out of the well. Photo: Steve Gosch

Fuzz, a two-year-old Welsh mountain pony, is lifted to safety from the well on a property near Orange. Photo: Steve Gosch

Fuzz, a two-year-old Welsh mountain pony, is lifted to safety from the well on a property near Orange. Photo: Steve Gosch

Labradoodle Rosie and 12-year-olds Niamh and Bali joined the Million Paws Walk at Lake Illawarra.

Labradoodle Rosie and 12-year-olds Niamh and Bali joined the Million Paws Walk at Lake Illawarra.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo's newest baby at Dubbo is rhino calf with mum Mopani. Pic: Louise Donges

Taronga Western Plains Zoo's newest baby at Dubbo is rhino calf with mum Mopani. Pic: Louise Donges

Backstage at Tamworth Musical Society’s production of The Sound of Music. Pic: Stephen Docking

Backstage at Tamworth Musical Society’s production of The Sound of Music. Pic: Stephen Docking

Governor-General Quentin Bryce visits Bathurst. Photo: Chris Seabrook

Governor-General Quentin Bryce visits Bathurst. Photo: Chris Seabrook

Anne-Marie Barry, president of the health care committee, leads the protesters who want the emergency department of Bulahdelah Hospital reinstated.

Anne-Marie Barry, president of the health care committee, leads the protesters who want the emergency department of Bulahdelah Hospital reinstated.

Former Maitland alderman Lance Murray wants a permanent home for his collection of Aboriginal artefacts.

Former Maitland alderman Lance Murray wants a permanent home for his collection of Aboriginal artefacts.

Pictured at the opening of Mildura Tourism Week was Harvy, 7, from Mildura with new puppy, Spud. Pic: Clancy Shipsides

Pictured at the opening of Mildura Tourism Week was Harvy, 7, from Mildura with new puppy, Spud. Pic: Clancy Shipsides

Dr Fiona Cocker, of the Menzies Research Institute, WorkCover health and well-being advisor Cameron Blight, and Daryl Peebles put their smiles on at a breakfast promoting positive mental health in Burnie this week. Pic: Grant Wells

Dr Fiona Cocker, of the Menzies Research Institute, WorkCover health and well-being advisor Cameron Blight, and Daryl Peebles put their smiles on at a breakfast promoting positive mental health in Burnie this week. Pic: Grant Wells

Sometimes it is great just to stand in the one place and admire what is around you. This was taken with an 18-200mm lens within a 5-metre area on a Taree street. Pic: Carl Muxlow

Sometimes it is great just to stand in the one place and admire what is around you. This was taken with an 18-200mm lens within a 5-metre area on a Taree street. Pic: Carl Muxlow

Sometimes it is great just to stand in the one place and admire what is around you. This was taken with an 18-200mm lens within a 5-metre area on a Taree street. Pic: Carl Muxlow

Sometimes it is great just to stand in the one place and admire what is around you. This was taken with an 18-200mm lens within a 5-metre area on a Taree street. Pic: Carl Muxlow

Sometimes it is great just to stand in the one place and admire what is around you. This was taken with an 18-200mm lens within a 5-metre area on a Taree street. Pic: Carl Muxlow

Sometimes it is great just to stand in the one place and admire what is around you. This was taken with an 18-200mm lens within a 5-metre area on a Taree street. Pic: Carl Muxlow

Participants at this year’s Dairy Research Foundation Symposium in Kiama will visit John and Andrea Henry’s robotic dairy at Pyree.

Participants at this year’s Dairy Research Foundation Symposium in Kiama will visit John and Andrea Henry’s robotic dairy at Pyree.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott tries his hand at processing while on tour at the Australian Weaving Mills in Devonport on Thursday. Pic: Katrina Dodd

Opposition leader Tony Abbott tries his hand at processing while on tour at the Australian Weaving Mills in Devonport on Thursday. Pic: Katrina Dodd

Jennifer Hawkins stopped shoppers in their tracks when she checked out the new Myer store at Stockland Shellharbour.

Jennifer Hawkins stopped shoppers in their tracks when she checked out the new Myer store at Stockland Shellharbour.

Michelle Worthington is celebrating the release of her fourth children's picture book, Start of the Ocean. Photo by Chris McCormack

Michelle Worthington is celebrating the release of her fourth children's picture book, Start of the Ocean. Photo by Chris McCormack

Mildura Eisteddfod Society president John Bowditch is looking forward to showcasing Mildura’s talent at the Mildura Arts Centre. Pic: David Sickerdick

Mildura Eisteddfod Society president John Bowditch is looking forward to showcasing Mildura’s talent at the Mildura Arts Centre. Pic: David Sickerdick

Allan Mayfield, David Pritchard and Ann Hawker hard at work installing the sheep, farmer and his sheep dog at the northern end of the Clare Riesling Trail.

Allan Mayfield, David Pritchard and Ann Hawker hard at work installing the sheep, farmer and his sheep dog at the northern end of the Clare Riesling Trail.