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This week's best photos from Fairfax Regional journalists and photographers.
Jessica Black Ballarat tradespeople have come to the rescue of a Haddon homeowner.
Felicity Caldwell A Glock 22 handgun has been either stolen or lost from a south-east Queensland police station.
Jenna Clarke The man's car was the subject of a worldwide recall for faulty driver and passenger airbags.
Sophie Boyd They're caring for their parent, dancing through pain and advocating for the voiceless.
Madeleine Clarke An exploration of the tragic toll of suicide in regional Australia may be on the way to LA.
Matt Crossman OPINION | Why do we as a society mourn suicide, and yet so often deny the depression that lies behind it?
Aisha Dow, Adam Carey People with terminal illnesses could access lethal medication within 10 days of asking, under proposed euthanasia laws for Victoria.
Sally Cripps What's three months and a couple of hundred kilometres when you have nine lives?
Branch has already disconnected rooms' electricity to save money.
A number of Narrandera businesses are set to close.