A look at the faces in the news around the NSW South-East this week.
KIAMA: Kiama Downs Surf Lifesaving Club youngsters Jesse Brooks (back left), Gabi Deen, Ella Clark, Ethan Clark, Lily Clark, Charlie Brooks (centre), Macey Guy, Zoe Brooks (front left) and Zali Guy get in the spirit for Australia Day. Picture DYLAN ROBINSON
TATHRA: Competitors leap off the Tathra Wharf ahead of the Wharf to Waves Splash for Cash.
COOMA: Students from Monaro Dance Centre have taken the Showcase National Championships on the Gold Coast by storm. The Cooma-based studio picked up one first, three seconds and a gold award in the championships, which attracted 5,000 dancers from 200 studios.
BATEMANS BAY: Had he followed family tradition, life for The Great Moscow Circus’s clown and artistic director Yuriy Abrosimov would have been much more regimented. The circus is in town until Monday.
CANDELO: ABC TV personality Costa Georgiadis thoroughly entertains the crowd at Candelo Show, including while judging a lookalike scarecrow competition.
BEGA: Bega police discover and shut down a hydroponic cannabis operation on the outskirts of town, seizing plants with an estimated street value of $1.5million.
BEGA: Autistic Bega man Dane Waites (back, second from left) plans to run from Perth to Pambula to celebrate his 40th birthday this year.
KIAMA: Taylah and Byran Morgan enjoy recently-cleaned Kiama Rock Pool . Picture DYLAN ROBINSON
BEGA: Valerie Hough celebrates her 98th birthday on Australia Day and says she has seen many changes to the Aussie way of living in her time.
BEGA: The techs are coming! A new co-working space for IT specialists is opening in Bega, with COWS Near the Coast planning a year of knowledge sharing and entrepreneurial events.
EUROBODALLA: Conservationists have slammed a state government decision to reopen state forests for recreational hunting. Pictured is South Durras conservationist John Perkins (right) and former National Parks Association executive officer Noel Plumb.
TATHRA: James Macri from Melbourne cruises to victory in the 1200-metre Wharf to Waves Splash for Cash at Tathra.
BATEMANS BAY: Ken Burns has told how he was attacked and stalked by a group of menacing youths on Monday in Orient Street.
KIAMA: Young Citizen of the Year Sally Fitzgibbons and Citizen of the Year Warren Turner. Picture: DANIELLE CETINKSKI
KIAMA: Rona Wall, a 71-year-old from Kiama, who has had leukemia, is doing the world's greatest shave.
TATHRA: Family and friends of the late David Dodd pay tribute to the well-known local by wearing pink jerseys for the Wharf to Waves bike ride from Tarraganda to Tathra.
KIAMA: Local fishermen are championing a petition to limit commercial fishing licenses in Lake Illawarra. Pictured are Flint Rimmer, Brian Leach, Hayley Leach, Karl Neels and Andrew Connor. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON
KIAMA: Killalea State Park manager Nathan Cattell has some big plans for the park, and is also working on a new plan of management. Picture DYLAN ROBINSON
MERIMBULA: Road resurfacing rage … angry Merimbula residents Cathie Isaac, left, Patricia Little, Geoff Miller, Phil Hall, Lyn Hall and Helen Miller with the petition that was delivered to council.
MERIMBULA: Action on a vacant Merimbula CBD site after plans for a supermarket development were first lodged with the Bega council 14 years ago. Mulligan Drilling, Khancoban preparing to collect bore hole samples.
PAMBULA: Pambula Surf Lifesaving Club celebrates its centenary this weekend. 100 years ago the first Pambula Surf Club building erected in a couple of hours.
NAROOMA: Narooma showjumper Sandra Kenny and her horse Alando, better known as “Ed”, who is still recovering from injury. She will jump on another horse at this weekend’s Eurobodalla Show at Moruya.
PAMBULA: The launch of Project Blueprint at Pambula Beach … Bega Valley Shire mayor, Bill Taylor, left with Surf Life Saving NSW Coastal Risk officers, Camilla Green, Luke Stigter, Adam Weir, Chris Twine and council general manager, Leanne Barnes.
TILBA: River Cottage Australia host Paul West and Digger dog in the veggie patch on the farm at Central Tilba that soaked up the drop of rain this week. Production on Series 2 has just begun.
NAROOMA: Montague Island at Narooma has experienced record visitor numbers and field officer Brent Gresty is pictured leading a day tour on top of the lighthouse. Photo by Batemans Marine Park ranger Justin Gilligan
COOMA: The historic St Paul’s Parish Church Rectory - 107 years old – has had a facelift in anticipation of the arrival of the new Rector. A special open day was held and the Rev Lance Lawton and his wife Rosemary were on hand to meet their new parishioners.
NAROOMA: Despite the heat wave, calm conditions in the mornings last week led to thick banks of fog coming in from the ocean at Narooma, caused by the warm ocean, humid air and temperature inversions.
TILBA: Running a business and serving tourists is made that much harder without any mobile service, according to Central Tilba business owners George and Barbara Davies, pictured in their shop Tilba Woodturning Gallery.
MERIMBULA: Honours heaped on world record–breaking Merimbula young pilot Ryan Campbell. He is Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year and Australia Day Ambassador for Merimbula Australia Day celebrations.
BERMAGUI: Montreal Goldfield heritage officer Judi Hearn and president Malcolm Halliday with the new panels and Canberra visitors Nanette Windeyer and her son Isaac.
NAROOMA: 18-year-old Alex Cooke leaves Narooma on Thursday on his way from Melbourne to Sydney walking the Princes Highway to raise funds and awareness for beyondblue.
COOMA: The Snowy Mountains University of the Third Age has new premises in the centre of Cooma and they held an open day to showcase activities and attract new members. Attending were Max Perry, Darien Perry, Betty Braden, Elizabeth Piotrowski, Nona Cole, Freda Lovell and Jane Reid.