About Max O'Driscoll

Max O'Driscoll is early in his journalism career having spent most of 2021 working with a local newspaper in the Yass Valley.

Originally from Melbourne, he is nearing completion of his double degree in Business and Media Communications at Monash University.

Max loves his sport, particularly AFL and cricket, and enjoys all types of music.

Want to get in touch? You can reach out to Max at [email protected]

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Goulburn Council rejects referendum in 2024 to directly elect a mayor
The people of the Goulburn-Mulwaree region remain unable to vote for their mayor, as the councillors voted against offering a referendum for a popularly elected mayor at the next council election. The motion was accompanied by a report from then-general manager Warrick Bennett, recommending the council conduct a constitutional referendum at the 2024 election allowing the Goulburn-Mulwaree community to decide if...
Degraded and demoralised: Queanbeyan High School teachers strike over government’s rejection of flexible learning
Queanbeyan High School teachers went on strike this morning (21 March), protesting the NSW Department of Education's decision to return the school to full-time on-campus learning despite the school's belief that they still do not have enough teachers. Monday evening last week (14 March), students and parents were told that years 7 to 10 would move to flexible learning, meaning...
Murrumbateman to get its long-awaited playground if Labor wins the election
Murrumbateman may finally get its long-awaited playground. All that's needed now is a Labor win in the upcoming Federal election. Yass Valley Councillor and long-standing advocate for recreation in Murrumbateman Kristin Butler said Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain confirmed she had secured $750,000 for a new park in the village as an election commitment pending Labour’s victory. The commitment is not...
Bungendore High School: confusion and uncertainty the only known-knowns as project drags on
Senior officials from the Department of Education have told a NSW Budget Estimates committee hearing that the current Bungendore High School site is "not confirmed", indicating the impact of Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council's withdrawal of support for the Bungendore Park site at its 27 January meeting. As a result, the Department of Education is now seeking a compulsory land acquisition. Since...
CWA calls for volunteers from across the region for the Royal Easter Show
The Country Women's Association is the largest women's organisation in Australia and the very heart of most small towns and villages, lobbying for country people, helping out in emergencies and speaking up for those in need. This year the CWA is celebrating its centenary and this time, it needs some help, says Uranquinty CWA member Mardi Walker. With the Royal Agricultural...
Wagga’s museum redevelopment on track for end of year open
The structural steel for the new exhibition gallery in the $4.88 million redevelopment of the Museum of the Riverina's Botanic Gardens site has been installed and the facility is on track to reopen later this year. When complete, the redevelopment will deliver major improvements to the museum including a new exhibition gallery, community learning space, upgrade of the existing museum...
Queanbeyan High School backflips on controversial decision to move to part-time in-person learning
Queanbeyan High School has backflipped on its decision to move to part-time on-campus learning in years 7 to 10 starting today (16 March). Parents and carers of Queanbeyan High School students received a letter from Principal Jennifer Green on Monday night (14 March) advising them that years 7 to 10 were moving to "flexible learning", which would see them attend...
Community driven fight to return Yass’ Marchmont Racecourse to its former glory
The Yass Marchmont Racecourse Reserve used to be a regular race fixture. These days it's used once a year - for the Yass Picnic Races, although in 2022, rain saw the event cancelled, meaning Marchmont would go unused for the second year running. Officially formed last August, the Marchmont Racecourse Trust wants to return the racecourse to its former glory...
Letter reveals ‘dangerous’ staff shortages at Yass Hospital over Christmas period
For multiple days Yass District Hospital's senior clinician was a Sydney paramedic, according to a letter sent to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet's office signed by Yass health care workers. In the letter, workers revealed no registered nurse was available for the night shifts of 24 and 25 December. A locum doctor, an enrolled nurse and a health and security assistant...
Consumers warned to prepare for more empty shelves as extreme weather events increase
A timely new report from the Farmers for Climate Action examines the impact of climate change and an increase in extreme weather events on the future of Australia's food supply. The report, titled 'Fork in the road', is authored by Canberra-based economist and consultant Stephen Bartos, who suggests that the food supply chain is currently at a point of 'high...
Local family purchases Captains Flat’s ‘bloody long bar’
The pub which once held claim to the longest bar in the Southern Hemisphere, the Captains Flat Hotel, has sold to the Durr family for $900,000. John Buckley and Gary Kelly from RE/MAX were tasked with the sale. Mr Buckley said the final sale price was pretty close to expectation. He described Captains Flat as a "very tidy village" with...
UPDATED: One critical after helicopter crash near Mount Kosciuszko
UPDATED: Almost four hours after a commercial helicopter with five people on board went down in remote bushland near Mount Kosciuszko, rescuers are still struggling to get them out. One person with critical injuries is being airlifted to Canberra Hospital but NSW Paramedics are still in the process of extricating some of the others. The helicopter was contracted to help the...
Question marks over latest algal bloom that has forced Lake Albert closure
Wagga Wagga City Council has closed Lake Albert after the return of blue-green algae and advised the public to avoid contact with the water. Wagga City Council manager environment and regulatory services Mark Gardiner said the council had observed the visual signs of algae scum, which poses a public health hazard. On Monday, 7 March, the council placed signs advising the...
Councils count the cost as East Coast low finally moves on
While the flooding rain and wild winds of an East Coast low have finally moved on, councils across the Capital region have been left to deal with the road damage left behind. The Sydney, Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions took the brunt of the weather system, however the South Coast and the Southern Tablelands also experienced torrential rain and howling winds....
Cooma maternity on the mend following sudden bypass of services
Health & Wellbeing
When the Southern NSW Local Health District closed the Cooma Hospital maternity ward due to staff shortages, staff were bewildered. They didn't think a staff shortage existed and believed their maternity ward provided a vital service for both the Cooma community and its surrounds. Then a labouring Cooma mum was rushed to Canberra in an ambulance at 4 am with...
Wagga’s Thomas Blamey Tavern breaks regional NSW pub sale price record
Lake Albert's Thomas Blamey Tavern has been sold for more than $25 million - a price tag exceeding the previous record for a pub sale in regional NSW. The buyers, who made the purchase in an off-market transaction, are a consortium led by South Dubbo Tavern publican Lee Green, including renowned publicans Arthur and Stu Laundy, Sam Cruikshank and Sean...