MEGA GALLERY: Riverina's year in photos

Ben Britton from National Geographic's Wild Animal Encounters at Altina Wildlife Park's common marmoset enclosure open day. Picture: The Area News
Ben Britton from National Geographic's Wild Animal Encounters at Altina Wildlife Park's common marmoset enclosure open day. Picture: The Area News
A Murderous Crows' team member barges through the Pink Panthers defence. Picture: Riverina Leader

A Murderous Crows' team member barges through the Pink Panthers defence. Picture: Riverina Leader

Darlington Point Public School student Todd Rowley celebrated his 10th birthday on 11/12/13. Picture: The Area News

Darlington Point Public School student Todd Rowley celebrated his 10th birthday on 11/12/13. Picture: The Area News

Malcolm Bauer is starting an amateur bee-keeping club in Wagga. Picture: Riverina Leader

Malcolm Bauer is starting an amateur bee-keeping club in Wagga. Picture: Riverina Leader

St Joseph's debutante ball at the Leeton Soldiers Club. Picture: The Irrigator

St Joseph's debutante ball at the Leeton Soldiers Club. Picture: The Irrigator

Elizabeth Andreazza, 8, and Emmerson Waide, 7, at the children's festival in October. Picture: The Area News

Elizabeth Andreazza, 8, and Emmerson Waide, 7, at the children's festival in October. Picture: The Area News

Courtney Johnson experienced a taste of life in the RAAF during a visit to the Wagga base. Picture: Riverina Leader

Courtney Johnson experienced a taste of life in the RAAF during a visit to the Wagga base. Picture: Riverina Leader

Four-month-old Riley Witham from Griffith is ready for Christmas. Picture: The Area News

Four-month-old Riley Witham from Griffith is ready for Christmas. Picture: The Area News

Riverina cowboys Cody Angland, Sean Lynch and Rhys Angland. Picture: The Rural

Riverina cowboys Cody Angland, Sean Lynch and Rhys Angland. Picture: The Rural

Griffith Public School students (back) Miguel Fabian, Ma. Agnes Anonuebo and Althea Fabian. (front) Isabel Vozzo, Jerome Rala and Jerville Rala helped raise funds for victims of the Philippines disaster. Picture: The Area News

Griffith Public School students (back) Miguel Fabian, Ma. Agnes Anonuebo and Althea Fabian. (front) Isabel Vozzo, Jerome Rala and Jerville Rala helped raise funds for victims of the Philippines disaster. Picture: The Area News

Griffith Swans netballer Chloe Catanzariti and Swans footballer Andrew Cappello are ready to do battle in this year's Superchef Sports Challenge. Picture: The Area News

Griffith Swans netballer Chloe Catanzariti and Swans footballer Andrew Cappello are ready to do battle in this year's Superchef Sports Challenge. Picture: The Area News

Ivan Marinkovic from The Bounce Technology Shop grew a mo for a good cause during Movember. Picture: The Area News

Ivan Marinkovic from The Bounce Technology Shop grew a mo for a good cause during Movember. Picture: The Area News

Brendan Fevola donned a Griffith Swans jumper for the 2013 RFL season. Picture: The Area News

Brendan Fevola donned a Griffith Swans jumper for the 2013 RFL season. Picture: The Area News

Kathleen Hathaway celebrates her 100th birthday in July. Picture: The Area News

Kathleen Hathaway celebrates her 100th birthday in July. Picture: The Area News

Maddie Salvestro stormed the New Zealand national archery titles in January. Picture: The Area News

Maddie Salvestro stormed the New Zealand national archery titles in January. Picture: The Area News

Contractor Ron Wilson from Ladysmith. Picture: The Rural

Contractor Ron Wilson from Ladysmith. Picture: The Rural

Simon Carusi and Tony Romeo catch up with Pauline Hanson during her visit to Griffith in the lead-up to the 2013 election.  Picture: The Area News

Simon Carusi and Tony Romeo catch up with Pauline Hanson during her visit to Griffith in the lead-up to the 2013 election. Picture: The Area News

Anzac Day in Whitton. Picture: The Irrigator

Anzac Day in Whitton. Picture: The Irrigator

Daniel Thornton (front) chose Clark Kent while (back) Michael Godfrey donned Captain America's outfit and Matt Hardwick opted fro Green Lantern for a Griffith High School year 12 fundraiser. Picture: The Area News

Daniel Thornton (front) chose Clark Kent while (back) Michael Godfrey donned Captain America's outfit and Matt Hardwick opted fro Green Lantern for a Griffith High School year 12 fundraiser. Picture: The Area News

Art Deco Festival Tarzan's New York Adventure, screening on the Chelmsford Place water towers and viewed from the front lawn of the Historic Hydro. Picture: The Irrigator

Art Deco Festival Tarzan's New York Adventure, screening on the Chelmsford Place water towers and viewed from the front lawn of the Historic Hydro. Picture: The Irrigator

Backyard Ashes premiere at the Roxy Theatre: writer-producer Peter Cox and write-director Mark Grentell. Picture: The Irrigator

Backyard Ashes premiere at the Roxy Theatre: writer-producer Peter Cox and write-director Mark Grentell. Picture: The Irrigator

Bidgee Binge After Hours event at the Roxy Theatre ARIA award winning musician Sarah McLeod playing at the event. Picture: The Irrigator

Bidgee Binge After Hours event at the Roxy Theatre ARIA award winning musician Sarah McLeod playing at the event. Picture: The Irrigator

Leeton VRA rescue squad demonstrates how to cut a trapped person out of a car. Picture: The Irrigator

Leeton VRA rescue squad demonstrates how to cut a trapped person out of a car. Picture: The Irrigator

Sacred Heart Primary School pupils Mia Smith, Lucy Anderson and Nick Pallai, librarian Sarah Pembleton and Angels for the Forgotten coordinator Melina Skidmore look over a pile of books donated by the school community. Picture: Riverina Leader

Sacred Heart Primary School pupils Mia Smith, Lucy Anderson and Nick Pallai, librarian Sarah Pembleton and Angels for the Forgotten coordinator Melina Skidmore look over a pile of books donated by the school community. Picture: Riverina Leader

The remains of the Hydro Tavern after demolition. Picture: The Irrigator

The remains of the Hydro Tavern after demolition. Picture: The Irrigator

Jake Speer and Barb Wright with Santa on stage at Light Up Leeton. Picture: The Irrigator

Jake Speer and Barb Wright with Santa on stage at Light Up Leeton. Picture: The Irrigator

Rememberance Day service Leeton cenotaph Don Reilly, Peter Williams, Dave Gardiner (Wagga), Duchy Lensing (Hervey Bay), Andy Burnett (Howlong). Picture: The Irrigator

Rememberance Day service Leeton cenotaph Don Reilly, Peter Williams, Dave Gardiner (Wagga), Duchy Lensing (Hervey Bay), Andy Burnett (Howlong). Picture: The Irrigator

Leeton VRA members celebrate 40 years of the organisation. Picture: The Irrigator

Leeton VRA members celebrate 40 years of the organisation. Picture: The Irrigator

Sir Samuel McCaughey statue unveiling: Descendants of the McCaughey family (from left) Dick McCaughey, Michael Gregory, Michael Pheils, Sue Penny, Diana Pheils-Arfarasy, Samuel Pheils, Neil Baird-Watson, Richard Gregory, Henry Gregory, Philip Gregory, (kneeling at front) Roy Gregory and James Gregory. Picture: The Irrigator

Sir Samuel McCaughey statue unveiling: Descendants of the McCaughey family (from left) Dick McCaughey, Michael Gregory, Michael Pheils, Sue Penny, Diana Pheils-Arfarasy, Samuel Pheils, Neil Baird-Watson, Richard Gregory, Henry Gregory, Philip Gregory, (kneeling at front) Roy Gregory and James Gregory. Picture: The Irrigator

Italian Republic Day celebration at the Platform Lounge and Bar Leeton Italo-Australian Committee (from left) Ellie Puntoriero, Lil Naimo, Teresa Pirrottina, Stella Puntoriero, Giula Franco, Angela Nardi, Maria Tripodi and Frances Tsoukalidis. Picture: The Irrigator

Italian Republic Day celebration at the Platform Lounge and Bar Leeton Italo-Australian Committee (from left) Ellie Puntoriero, Lil Naimo, Teresa Pirrottina, Stella Puntoriero, Giula Franco, Angela Nardi, Maria Tripodi and Frances Tsoukalidis. Picture: The Irrigator

Ready for the Stop Motion Film Festival is (front) Luca Brighenti, 7, and (back) Dylan Garner, 10, Henry Massey, 6, and Nick Broghenti, 9. Picture: The Area News

Ready for the Stop Motion Film Festival is (front) Luca Brighenti, 7, and (back) Dylan Garner, 10, Henry Massey, 6, and Nick Broghenti, 9. Picture: The Area News

Leeton Vintage and Veteran Car Club show and shine: Mavis Shepard from the Cootamundra Antique Car Club brought a long a book to read while sitting in her 1969 Morgan. Picture: The Irrigator

Leeton Vintage and Veteran Car Club show and shine: Mavis Shepard from the Cootamundra Antique Car Club brought a long a book to read while sitting in her 1969 Morgan. Picture: The Irrigator

Long-time Wagga City Council employee Mick Cave introduces Wagga to a new baby goat born at the Wagga Botanic Gardens. Picture: Riverina Leader

Long-time Wagga City Council employee Mick Cave introduces Wagga to a new baby goat born at the Wagga Botanic Gardens. Picture: Riverina Leader

Youngsters make the most of the zorbing balls at the Wagga Christian College. Picture: Riverina Leader

Youngsters make the most of the zorbing balls at the Wagga Christian College. Picture: Riverina Leader

Tom and Andrew Hicks with new owners of ABC G616 that sold for $5000 Colin and Stephen Parker who have been buying from Hicks for 15 years. Picture: The Rural

Tom and Andrew Hicks with new owners of ABC G616 that sold for $5000 Colin and Stephen Parker who have been buying from Hicks for 15 years. Picture: The Rural

Daniel Kisela of the Good Guys is having his head shaved to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Picture: Riverina Leader

Daniel Kisela of the Good Guys is having his head shaved to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Picture: Riverina Leader

Ashmont Public School pupils discovered a love of all things science during the school's science day. Picture: Riverina Leader

Ashmont Public School pupils discovered a love of all things science during the school's science day. Picture: Riverina Leader

Clockwise from top left) Penny Wright, Di Richardson and Fay Grant file through boxes of embroidery in the lead up to the Wagga Group of the Embroiderers Guild's exhibition. Picture: Riverina Leader

Clockwise from top left) Penny Wright, Di Richardson and Fay Grant file through boxes of embroidery in the lead up to the Wagga Group of the Embroiderers Guild's exhibition. Picture: Riverina Leader

The message was simple at Griffith's Relay For Life. Picture: The Area News

The message was simple at Griffith's Relay For Life. Picture: The Area News

The Tuiaki siblings Leni,12, Wycliff, 10, Louisa, 9, Siuaki, 8, Peni, 7, and Kinder Fifita, 6, all attend Griffith Public School. Picture: The Area News

The Tuiaki siblings Leni,12, Wycliff, 10, Louisa, 9, Siuaki, 8, Peni, 7, and Kinder Fifita, 6, all attend Griffith Public School. Picture: The Area News

Penny Wright and Di Richardson are surrounded by beautifully decorated gloves at the Wagga Group of the Embroiderers' Guild's exhibition titled Signatures. Picture: Riverina Leader

Penny Wright and Di Richardson are surrounded by beautifully decorated gloves at the Wagga Group of the Embroiderers' Guild's exhibition titled Signatures. Picture: Riverina Leader

Phil Sheather is proud to be helping Wesley Uniting Church host a free lunch on Christmas Day for people who would otherwise spend the occasion alone. Picture: Riverina Leader

Phil Sheather is proud to be helping Wesley Uniting Church host a free lunch on Christmas Day for people who would otherwise spend the occasion alone. Picture: Riverina Leader

Archie King, 4, has his hair coloured by 'busy bee' teacher Amanda Shepherd during the launch of a special behaviour program at Tolland Public School. Picture: Riverina Leader

Archie King, 4, has his hair coloured by 'busy bee' teacher Amanda Shepherd during the launch of a special behaviour program at Tolland Public School. Picture: Riverina Leader

Trevor Neander, coordinator of table tennis in the Glenfield Community Hall, is hoping to see the sport experience a resurgence. Picture: Riverina Leader

Trevor Neander, coordinator of table tennis in the Glenfield Community Hall, is hoping to see the sport experience a resurgence. Picture: Riverina Leader

Wagga Model Railway Club president Graeme Hearn and treasurer Jan Hearn construct a new layout. Picture: Riverina Leader

Wagga Model Railway Club president Graeme Hearn and treasurer Jan Hearn construct a new layout. Picture: Riverina Leader

Bill Mildren, of Wodonga, classed the Mulwala Merino stud flock for more than 15 years. Picture: The Rural

Bill Mildren, of Wodonga, classed the Mulwala Merino stud flock for more than 15 years. Picture: The Rural

Jesse Lopzie-Plachozki with Tiger Lillie at the Griffith Cat Show. Picture: The Area News

Jesse Lopzie-Plachozki with Tiger Lillie at the Griffith Cat Show. Picture: The Area News

 Exies A Grade cricketers Jamie and Justin Winkler and Theo Valeri have to retrieve the ball from the golf club dam during a match at Wade Park. Picture: The Area News

Exies A Grade cricketers Jamie and Justin Winkler and Theo Valeri have to retrieve the ball from the golf club dam during a match at Wade Park. Picture: The Area News

Jeremy Carter and Bryce Baillie had fun helping wrap presents with the Angels for the Forgotten team. Picture: Riverina Leader

Jeremy Carter and Bryce Baillie had fun helping wrap presents with the Angels for the Forgotten team. Picture: Riverina Leader

The Jackaroo Sprint at the Carrathool races is a popular event every year. Picture: The Area News

The Jackaroo Sprint at the Carrathool races is a popular event every year. Picture: The Area News

Kaitlin Jeffries, 15, and Cameron Graham, 16, train for the 2013 AAITF National Taekwondo Championships, which were hosted in Wagga for the first time this year. Picture: Riverina Leader

Kaitlin Jeffries, 15, and Cameron Graham, 16, train for the 2013 AAITF National Taekwondo Championships, which were hosted in Wagga for the first time this year. Picture: Riverina Leader

Great grandfather Stan, grandfather Raymond and grandson Cooper Henwod 10-months at the Wagga cattle sale. Picture: The Rural

Great grandfather Stan, grandfather Raymond and grandson Cooper Henwod 10-months at the Wagga cattle sale. Picture: The Rural

Helen Huggins took over the management of the Mulwala Merino stud in 2004. Picture: The Rural

Helen Huggins took over the management of the Mulwala Merino stud in 2004. Picture: The Rural

Keeping hay safe from the weather. Picture: The Rural

Keeping hay safe from the weather. Picture: The Rural

Markets get underway in Wagga. Picture: The Rural

Markets get underway in Wagga. Picture: The Rural

Professor Alain Deloire from CSU. Picture: The Rural

Professor Alain Deloire from CSU. Picture: The Rural

Shantelle Stephens from The Rural captured a picture of this little guy. Picture: The Rural

Shantelle Stephens from The Rural captured a picture of this little guy. Picture: The Rural

Stephen Condell holds the pup Condover Chance. Picture: The Rural

Stephen Condell holds the pup Condover Chance. Picture: The Rural

The Area News building was destroyed by fire in July. The paper has since moved to Banna Avenue. Picture: The Area News

The Area News building was destroyed by fire in July. The paper has since moved to Banna Avenue. Picture: The Area News

Team ropers Ian and Ryley Menz from Wagga compete at Stockinbingal. Picture: The Rural

Team ropers Ian and Ryley Menz from Wagga compete at Stockinbingal. Picture: The Rural

Xceler8 Fitness Centre trainers Shoun Piper and Kristy Robertson prepare for the gym's Relay for Life Kids Halloween Disco. Picture: Riverina Leader

Xceler8 Fitness Centre trainers Shoun Piper and Kristy Robertson prepare for the gym's Relay for Life Kids Halloween Disco. Picture: Riverina Leader

Lightning lashes Wagga in January. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Lightning lashes Wagga in January. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Remembering those who have served during Wagga's dawn ANZAC Day service. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Remembering those who have served during Wagga's dawn ANZAC Day service. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Cameron Robinson (right), 4, and Savanna Walker, 3, prepare to put paint to paper as part of a world record attempt to celebrate the South West Family Day Care's 25th anniversary. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Cameron Robinson (right), 4, and Savanna Walker, 3, prepare to put paint to paper as part of a world record attempt to celebrate the South West Family Day Care's 25th anniversary. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Heavy fog descends over the region as temperatures drop in June. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Heavy fog descends over the region as temperatures drop in June. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Cheeky Annie Vonarx, 8, ahead of the little athletics season. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Cheeky Annie Vonarx, 8, ahead of the little athletics season. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Boss the dog takes his owners Grant Bruce and Steph Brown for a walk during the Lake to Lagoon fun run. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Boss the dog takes his owners Grant Bruce and Steph Brown for a walk during the Lake to Lagoon fun run. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Temora veterans Scott Blackwell and Michael Oliver at their final training run with the Kangaroos after announcing their retirement. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Temora veterans Scott Blackwell and Michael Oliver at their final training run with the Kangaroos after announcing their retirement. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

In a sea of bald heads Wagga ACW Shaylene Macartney was the only women to have her head shaved as the RAAF Base’s School of Technical Training course students hold a fund-raiser where they had their heads shaved in support of their friend, Aircraftsman Scott Grant, who has recently been diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

In a sea of bald heads Wagga ACW Shaylene Macartney was the only women to have her head shaved as the RAAF Base’s School of Technical Training course students hold a fund-raiser where they had their heads shaved in support of their friend, Aircraftsman Scott Grant, who has recently been diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Oura farmer Robert White on his property as daylight savings comes into affect. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Oura farmer Robert White on his property as daylight savings comes into affect. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Wagga marksman Arthur Turner takes aim with his shotgun at the National Shooting Ground in Wagga. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Wagga marksman Arthur Turner takes aim with his shotgun at the National Shooting Ground in Wagga. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Cancer survivors Alan Pottie and Connie Gordon as part of Wagga's Relay for Life. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Cancer survivors Alan Pottie and Connie Gordon as part of Wagga's Relay for Life. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

The haze from bush fires that ravaged NSW settled over Waggaa, making for a rather spectacular sun set. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

The haze from bush fires that ravaged NSW settled over Waggaa, making for a rather spectacular sun set. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Four-year-old Beau Smith pulls a face during the launch of new name Amy Hurd Early Learning Centre in October. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Four-year-old Beau Smith pulls a face during the launch of new name Amy Hurd Early Learning Centre in October. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Daniel Townsend flips about wakeboarding on Lake Albert. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Daniel Townsend flips about wakeboarding on Lake Albert. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Firefighters put out a blaze on Willans Hill. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Firefighters put out a blaze on Willans Hill. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Firefighters work hard to control the blaze as it travels quickly near Oura. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Firefighters work hard to control the blaze as it travels quickly near Oura. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

The busy start of the Junior Team Gumi race. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

The busy start of the Junior Team Gumi race. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Truck fire A semi trailer travelling from Bathurst burst into flames about 10 kilometres south of Temora in March. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Truck fire A semi trailer travelling from Bathurst burst into flames about 10 kilometres south of Temora in March. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Kellie Murray tackles one of the obstacles during the Mud, Sweat and Beers event near Euberta. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Kellie Murray tackles one of the obstacles during the Mud, Sweat and Beers event near Euberta. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

This highway patrol car was worse for wear after an accident along Sturt Highway near Ashmont. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

This highway patrol car was worse for wear after an accident along Sturt Highway near Ashmont. Picture: The Daily Advertiser