Fairfax photographers and journalists have been busy in the past week covering national and local events around their communities.
The top five stories read by our readers around the region this week were:
1. Family left reeling by horrific car accident while on holidays: A Bathurst family has been left reeling after a holiday to Queensland almost ended in tragedy.
Tasha Hartnett and her partner Craig Adams were driving in convoy to a birthday party with their family, when just near Brisbane they had a horror car accident.
2. We made a dessert cob loaf and it went viral – here’s the recipe: Wellington Times journalist, Elouise Hawkey flexed her creative muscles and came up with what would become a people’s choice favourite at the Wellington COB Loaf festival – the dessert cob.
3. Six arrested following major drug operation in Bathurst: Police believe they have cracked a major drug operation with the arrest of six people during raids in Bathurst and Raglan on Thursday.
Six people have been arrested following investigations into an alleged drug supply syndicate in the central west.
4. Malicious damage to Zig Zag Railway as carriage left to freewheel: Police say up to $400,000 worth in damage was wrought upon the Zig Zag Railway on Saturday, March 3, when a carriage on a secluded section of the track was pushed up the railway and left to freewheel.
Police said the unknown persons who accessed the railway attempted to push three carriages up the incline but only managed to get one up.
5. Last latte: Gloria Jean's coffee shop shuts as group announces closures: The Gloria Jean’s coffee shop in Summer Street has shut its doors with its parent company announcing widespread closures across Australia.
Gloria Jean’s lease has expired and all equipment has been removed from the shop, which is part of the Orange Post Office.
A spokeswoman for Australia Post said it had a new tenant.