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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Fast rail strategy but high speed service still a way down the line for Goulburn
Opinion
Transport infrastructure and rail times in the Goulburn region were key issues in the closely fought battle for the seat of Goulburn in March, and with the NSW Government’s Fast Rail Strategy expected to be delivered before the end of 2019, all eyes are on what it might contain for the ACT and Goulburn region. The Southern Corridor, which includes...
Early action key to unlocking cycle of disadvantage
Community
What makes a policeman leave the Force to drive a Mission Beat van, picking up the homeless off Sydney streets? It’s not your average career change, but it was one that allowed community leader Daniel Strickland a chance to stop a predictable cycle. “I was a police officer for six years and during that time I saw a lot of...
Outback where dust storms, not rain, inhabit the skies
Environment
“If you know Bourke, you know Australia,” according to iconic bush poet and writer Henry Lawson. A recent trip through the central west of NSW to this outback town was evidence of that, as the seriousness of the drought in Bourke is reflected in towns right across Australia. It’s old and familiar territory. I was born in the outback, less...
Goulburn’s iconic Lilac Festival making a triumphant return
What's On
Reigniting an iconic past and forging a future for Australia’s longest continuously run community festival are among the aims of a revitalised organising committee, busily planning for the 2019 Lilac City Festival. The festival will be held in Goulburn over the October long weekend. The committee has worked tirelessly to breathe new life into what was a flagging community event....
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...
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