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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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...
Goulburn Show thrives again on community spirit
Community
While country shows might be on the decline in parts of rural Australia, the Goulburn Show over the weekend appeared to buck that trend. The traditional country show has been a fixture of rural life for more than 100 years. Elwin Bell who is part of the ‘carnival’ show business family, Bells Amusements, recalls a family story from his grandfather...
Multicultural festival at home in Goulburn’s Belmore Park
Community
Twelve years ago Goulburn’s Multicultural Festival began with refugees wanting to give back to the community that welcomed them - around 30 people attended. But on Saturday (23 February), thousands attended a vibrant event in Belmore Park, breaking down stereotypes that rural Australia is less supportive of multiculturalism than the big cities. The festival has grown exponentially to offer the...
Strong growth drives Goulburn Mulwaree’s future focus
News
Goulburn Mulwaree Council (GMC) has a full agenda in 2019, planning for the strong residential and rural real estate demand, and taking advantage of upward trends in commercial and industrial land sales. It’s also focusing on providing amenity and facilities for ratepayers, with several new initiatives in the works. Aside from reviewing and updating older strategies and policies recently, it’s...
Locally produced honey a deal sweetener for consumer
Community
Getting rid of the ‘middle man’ has been a catch cry of farmers facing dwindling returns for their product however 2019 Upper Lachlan Citizen of the Year and long time beekeeper Gary Poile is an example of honey producers taking back control and selling direct to the public. It’s a space he’s happier in, having previously provided honey to one...
Goulburn’s got the Blues and it couldn’t be happier
Arts & Culture
Goodwill, undiluted Blues, and free entertainment that offers that up close and personal music experience, is what keeps Goulburn’s long running Australian Blues Festival alive – and it’s gearing up to deliver the beats yet again from February 7-10. Region Media spoke with Goulburn based promoter and festival organiser Geoff Bell about what’s coming up this year for the Blues...
Former AFP detective, Hilltops Councillor and farmer rolls her sleeves up for Goulburn
News
The newly-minted Liberal Party candidate for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman, joined the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on a promised spending spree through the electorate this week – in the epicentre of the seat an extra $30 million for the Goulburn Base Hospital redevelopment, while to the north in the Southern Highlands, upgrades and accessibility for the Moss Vale train station. Later...
New candidate takes on major parties in Goulburn
News
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (SFF) will launch their campaign for the NSW seat of Goulburn on Friday (18 January) when local school teacher Andrew Wood steps into what promises to be a keen-fought battle for the electorate’s vote. Mr Wood joins Labour Party stalwart and former ALP Federal Senator Ursula Stephens, and an as-yet-unnamed Liberal Party candidate who will...
Major milestones for Goulburn hospital upgrade expected in 2019
News
Despite three years since the NSW Government’s election campaign announcement of the $120 million Goulburn Base Hospital and Health Services redevelopment, the Goulburn region can expect significant progress on the project in 2019. Major earthworks will begin, along with finalisation of design, paving the way for construction on the clinical services building; and construction on the extension of the Goulburn...
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