National Gallery of (Real) Australia: 12 of the best from the past seven days

From Launceston to Wollongong and Ballarat, check out some of the best articles of the Australian Community Media week.
From Launceston to Wollongong and Ballarat, check out some of the best articles of the Australian Community Media week.

We know you love the news from your home but these are some of the photos and articles that could just well add to your weekend reading list.

Tim Bone.

Tim Bone.

BALLARAT: Tim Bone has fought off the critics and overcome elimination, to reach the Top 5 in Channel 10's Masterchef competition. An undeniably charming talent in front of the camera - and the whole of Australia, no less - Mr. Bone's greatest impact is felt in Ballarat, particularly by the students at Yuille Park Community College. Read the full story right here.

Eliana Robinson will not let her rare autoimmune condition keep her down. Photo: Phillip Biggs

Eliana Robinson will not let her rare autoimmune condition keep her down. Photo: Phillip Biggs

LAUNCESTON: Eliana Robinson wants to prove that she's more than her disability. Photosensitivity is a rare condition that, if you haven't heard of it, sounds like something out of science fiction. It is an intriguing medical anomaly - but for Launceston's Eliana Robinson, it is her everyday life. Read Frances Vinall's article here.

Jen Gifford loves to perform as Euthan Asian and hopes to encourage more drag kings to take to the stage. Main photo: Robert Peet

Jen Gifford loves to perform as Euthan Asian and hopes to encourage more drag kings to take to the stage. Main photo: Robert Peet

WOLLONGONG: It's still a man's world, even when they're wearing frocks and heels, according to Illawarra woman Jennifer Gifford. She finds it interesting and slightly irritating that women dressed as men don't get the same level of respect as men dressed as women. Yes, you need to read all of Cyd Mardon's article in the Illawarra Mercury; click here.

Ralphie (middle) thanks Senior Constables Simon Triffitt and Leighton Riggall for rescuing him from a cliff face. Picture: Scott Gelston

Ralphie (middle) thanks Senior Constables Simon Triffitt and Leighton Riggall for rescuing him from a cliff face. Picture: Scott Gelston

LAUNCESTON: It's been one hectic week for Tasmania's emergency services. Combine unpredicatable weather with bushwalking adventurers and sometimes, hard work ensues. Happily everyone was found - including WA father and daughter Terry and Emily Koziniec as well as Michael Bowman. But then there was Ralphie, the kelpie cross greyhound, who chased a kangaroo and plunged five metres off a cliff. Read the full article and check out even more glorious Scott Gelston photos.

 Judy Hynes Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Judy Hynes Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

MURRURUNDI: Numerous droughts have shaped the town's rich social and environmental history, but the current, seemingly endless dry spell has pushed its population of 850 to the brink, both physically and mentally. Reporter Matthew Kelly spoke to the good people in the Upper Hunter town and filed this article.

Tim Gainey will clock up 300 Big V games for Warrnambool Seahawks on Saturday. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Tim Gainey will clock up 300 Big V games for Warrnambool Seahawks on Saturday. Picture: Morgan Hancock

WARRNAMBOOL: Tim Gainey is a Colorado native soon. He came to Australia, south-west Victoria in particular, 13 years ago as a fresh-faced American basketball import. Tim is now entrenched in the community. He met his wife Louise in Warrnambool and together they are raising four daughters. He's still basketballing, too. Read about the milestone Tim will reach this weekend.

 Ashley Veigel with a gaming figurine. Picture: Emma Hillier

Ashley Veigel with a gaming figurine. Picture: Emma Hillier

WAGGA: What started out as school yard fun has grown into a community of people passionate about one thing: games. The Riverina Games Association this year celebrates its 30th birthday, and Karl Baumer has been there from the beginning. Read the full story and enjoy more photos.

Grant Parke and his PTSD service dog Loui the golden retriever, to whom Grant says he owes his life. Photo: Brodie Weeding

Grant Parke and his PTSD service dog Loui the golden retriever, to whom Grant says he owes his life. Photo: Brodie Weeding

BURNIE: For many people in central Asia the world ended on April 25, 2015. But to Grant Parke the day seemed to last an entire lifetime. It was, at least, a day that would change his life in every way imaginable. Fast forward to 2017 - another life-changing force entered Grant's life. Read Sandy Powell's full article right here.

David Smith built coffins at the Ulverstone Coffin Club last year for himself and his wife, which he said taught him some new skills. They cost him virtually nothing as they were made from old pallets. Photo: Scott Gelston

David Smith built coffins at the Ulverstone Coffin Club last year for himself and his wife, which he said taught him some new skills. They cost him virtually nothing as they were made from old pallets. Photo: Scott Gelston

ULVERSTONE: Heard of "funeral poverty"? Well, it's real. Very real. Lynne Jarvis, who is part of the Compassionate Communities project, said over a series of public meetings, they had identified the need for a funeral service that people could afford, and which offered more options. Read Leah McBey's article right here

ALBURY: Wayne Edwards is one of the most gifted indigenous players in the Border district to pull on the boots. After proving a more than handy player at North Albury, Edwards headed bush and played in a flag with Walbundrie in 1989. And while he won most battles on the field, the 57-year-old is facing his biggest battle off it. Read Brent Godde's article here.

Krystal Bailey took legal action against the doctor who "botched" her breast augmentation. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Krystal Bailey took legal action against the doctor who "botched" her breast augmentation. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

NEWCASTLE: Krystal Bailey is urging women to "do their research" before going under the knife after her experience at the hands of the now suspended cosmetic surgeon, Dr Leslie Blackstock. "Each surgery he did created more and more problems, from the simple fact he gave me the wrong implants to start with." Read the full article here.

Professor Ross Taylor of the ANU, 50 years after he played his part in the moon landing. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Professor Ross Taylor of the ANU, 50 years after he played his part in the moon landing. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

CANBERRA: Professor Ross Taylor is not very excitable. Fifty years ago, the Canberra scientist made one of the big discoveries about the nature of the moon. He remains completely underwhelmed. How tense was he? Two on a scale of ten, he told The Canberra Times. Read Steve Evans' full article here.