About Maryann Weston

Maryann Weston is a professional writer, journalist, and communicator, working in private enterprise and for government. She has developed successful communications, marketing and public relations strategies and innovative and engaging media campaigns throughout a career in communications and media over 25 years. She is based in Goulburn NSW.

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Louise and Lou Lou: a winning team at Goulburn Courthouse
Community
If dogs could talk, what a tale therapy dog Lou Lou would tell. She visits the Goulburn Courthouse every Monday and, through some unseen power, is able to relieve the stress of court appearances. Former teacher and Lou Lou’s handler Louise Allison relates multiple stories of positive reactions following a visit to the courthouse. Louise and Lou Lou are part...
Vote of confidence for Goulburn Performing Arts Centre
News
Construction will begin on a regional Performing Arts Centre (PAC) in Goulburn following a vote of confidence in the project from the majority of Goulburn Mulwaree Council (GMC) councilors last week. All but two councilors – Margaret O’Neill and Sam Rowlands – voted to proceed with the PAC. Concerns canvassed at the council meeting included cost, level of use and...
Green for go – finally – on Goulburn solar farm
News
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the not-for-profit Community Energy 4 Goulburn (CE4G) getting its 1.8 MW community solar farm off the ground but perseverance has paid off with the group now entering into a contract with a developer to build the solar farm. And, in another breakthrough for the committed local group, former LNP Federal leader Dr John Hewson has...
Studies focus on social services gaps in Goulburn
Community
Goulburn Mulwaree Council is undertaking a social sustainability study to better understand the need for social services in its region, where there are gaps for vulnerable people in the community and how it might fund, partner or lobby for these services in the future. A draft report is expected early this month and will go to council before being put...
New aged care site for Goulburn announced in six weeks
Community
The developers behind a new 144-bed aged care facility proposed for Goulburn will announce the development site in the next six weeks. Signaturecare CEO Graeme Croft confirmed the development is proceeding as planned. The facility is expected to create up to 170 jobs and will also provide high level and dementia care to Goulburn and the surrounding region. “This is...
New Catholic social services CEO plans on working closely with government
News
Former Labor candidate for Goulburn, Parliamentary Secretary and Senator, Dr Ursula Stephens is again back in a leadership role as the new CEO for Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), the Catholic Church's peak national body for social services in the country. Dr Stephens spoke with Region media about “filling the large shoes” of retiring CEO Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan...
No online system is 100% safe, says former cybersecurity chief
Community
Former head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre at the Australian Signals Directorate Alastair MacGibbon believes that no online system is 100 per cent secure, even government sites. Rather, while they are generally secure, they all come with an ‘asterisk’ because of the high levels of cybercrime. Mr MacGibbon, who resigned his government post just before the Federal election in...
Social connection thrives at Goulburn’s community garden
Community
It’s not unusual on a clear, winter’s Saturday morning in Goulburn to see a group of people sitting around a wooden table in the middle of the local community garden, learning and exchanging knowledge, right before a communal morning tea and, ultimately, gardening. The Goulburn Community Garden is located in the CBD, a block away from the shops and within...
Opportunities and challenges: it’s all in the mix for new MP for Goulburn
Community
With a stirring inaugural speech which acknowledged the strength and contribution of women and local communities, new MP for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman is firmly focused on driving forward opportunities for the electorate and addressing its challenges. “There’s a lot to do,” she said when asked about priorities for her first year in office. “Our electorate was allocated considerable funding for...
Performing arts centre vision holds firm
Community
The $18.5m cost of constructing Goulburn’s Performing Arts Centre (PAC) has reignited debate over the project’s budget and location, however, the Goulburn Mulwaree Council is firmly committed to its vision for the state-of-the-art facility, subject to successful tender negotiations to lower costs. At a recent council meeting, two councilors moved to put the cost of the PAC to public consultation...
Steam trains and mateship: Railway town revisits past
Community
Goulburn’s railwaymen dusted off their memories, celebrating mateship and shared history, at the weekend celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railway in Goulburn. The celebrations included a visit from NSW’s new Governor Margaret Beazley AO in a steam train with husband Mr Dennis Wilson, the burying of a time capsule, historic displays, a sesquicentenary ball and...
Climate change worry not going away any time soon
Community
The incoming president of Goulburn’s climate change action group is not interested in talking to climate change deniers; instead, expansion will come from connecting with like-minded people and organizations locally and regionally. “It’s about connecting the dots and combining with these like-minded people and groups so we aren’t insular and that people know we exist,” The Goulburn Group (TGG) President...
Hume a microcosm of Federal election
News
If you were looking for a microcosm of the Federal election, you might have found it in the Goulburn Meet the Candidates night last week. There were no shows from non-resident candidates, security patrols to keep out provocative media in front of Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s appearance, and impassioned climate change debate. Goulburn is the epicenter of Hume, held by...
New Goulburn MP focuses on keeping election promises in marginal seat
News
For newly minted Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, the real work begins now, following her hard-fought 75-day campaign that began with the surprise resignation of sitting Member Pru Goward late last year. The new local MP aims to get straight down to business with a priority on ensuring the pre-election funding promises from the NSW Government are delivered to the...
NSW Election: Goulburn electorate voters want action on local issues
News
When voters go to the polls on Saturday in the Goulburn electorate they’ll have a strong field of local candidates to choose from, reflecting trends towards greater voter pressure for action on local issues. This trend is not likely to sideline the major parties but Australia’s preferential voting system is putting increasing pressure on them. A key decider locally this...
NSW Election: Time for a change in the Goulburn electorate?
Opinion
Few would argue that the NSW election is going to be tough for Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Losses in bi-elections since 2015, in Orange and Wagga, have increased the focus on the state’s marginal rural seats. The electorate of Goulburn, once on the safe list for the Coalition is now held by a 6.6 per cent margin which could account for...
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