About Michael Weaver

Michael Weaver is a journalist of more than 25 years. He hails from the NSW north coast, and after studying in Canberra and working as a sports journalist on the NSW south coast, he now proudly calls Queanbeyan home.

Michael has worked for several Federal Government agencies as a journalist, media liaison officer and web content writer. He also runs a freelance writing service for businesses who want to be worthy of their words. Michael is passionate about the local community and can also be found playing bass with bands in local venues. As a proud lefty, he also thinks Paul McCartney is still cool.

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Playgrounds close and council services cut in response to coronavirus
Councils in the Queanbeyan and Goulburn regions have closed a number of non-essential facilities such as pools and community centres to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Essential council services such as waste collection, water and sewage works, roadworks, call centre and service requests, processing of developments and other applications will continue as usual. In the Queanbeyan-Palerang Shire, the bushfire...
Last wave: COVID-19 ends beach patrols one month early on South Coast
Surf Life Saving patrols on Far South Coast beaches in the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley shires will end this Saturday (28 March), one month earlier than usual due to fears about COVID-19. In light of the cancelled patrols, which were scheduled to end on 26 April, the director of lifesaving for the Far South Coast Branch, Cheryl McCarthy, said they have been...
Canberra solar researchers energised by power record and the promise of lower bills
Researchers in Canberra have set a new record for the conversion of sunlight into energy in their quest to better harness the sun's energy, which they say could further reduce power bills. A researcher from the Australian National University's (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science, Professor Kylie Catchpole, said the team set a new efficiency record of 27.7 per cent for mechanically stacked...
South Coast men face terrorism, firearm charges
Benjamin Lucas, 23, of Catalina has been refused bail at Nowra Local Court after he faced one count of acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts. The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. He was also charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm. Lucas is one of three men arrested and charged by the...
Man dies in Yass after fleeing police
A man in his 30s has died after fleeing police in Yass last night (22 March). Police officers were patrolling the town centre of Yass when they attempted to stop a vehicle on Laidlaw Street at about 11:45 pm. When the driver failed to stop, police activated their lights in pursuit of the driver. The vehicle was discovered a short distance...
BaptistCare aged care facilities in total lockdown in response to COVID-19
The Federal Government announced tough visitor restrictions this week for aged care facilities in response to COVID-19, but BaptistCare lodges has even gone further, declaring a total lockdown at its Griffith and Queanbeyan facilities. BaptistCare PR and communications manager Marcela Cuevas said the closure of all BaptistCare lodges was a preventative measure following the death of a 90-year-old resident at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge...
Card helps pay it forward for domestic violence support service
Molonglo Support Services, which began as a safe place for women and children escaping abuse in Queanbeyan and the surrounding area, has commemorated 40 years of caring for people impacted by domestic and family violence. The not-for-profit charity provides critical support services and marked the occasion with a special 40th-anniversary card designed by local artist Carolyn Brooks. Molonglo Support Services chairperson Narelle Sargent said the card was...
Schools stay open for now, but coronavirus limits visits to aged care
The ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more will not affect schools in NSW according to the measures announced by the Prime Minister this morning (18 March), meaning all schools will remain open and there will be no change to the schedule for school holidays. The Prime Minister said he can't guarantee there won't be school closures at some...
Jobs boost heralded for Jerrabomberra precinct
Up to 5000 jobs are expected to be created as the NSW Government and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council begin work on the South Jerrabomberra Innovation Precinct. The 210-hectare site will eventually have 30 buildings on both sides of Tompsitt Drive. The precinct was officially unveiled on 29 November amid a drought-stricken landscape. Now, after relieving rainfall, the site is green and flush with funds...
Man dies following two-car collision near Cooma
A 76-year-old man has died following a two-car collision on the Monaro Highway south of Cooma this morning (13 March). At about 8:30 am, emergency services were called to Monaro Highway at Rock Flat, about 11km south of Cooma after reports a Toyota Rav4 SUV and an Isuzu Dmax Ute had collided. The Rav4 left the road and hit a fence,...
First case of coronavirus appears in ACT
Following 441 negative tests in the ACT for coronavirus, Canberra has confirmed its first case of the virus today (12 March). "I regret to inform Canberrans that we have our first case of COVID-19 in the Territory," ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said. ACT's Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said a man aged in his 30s tested positive for...
Cultural precinct DA to drive Queanbeyan’s future
The public has just one more week to comment on the Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct development application which will reshape the face of Queanbeyan. The DA is on notification until 17 March with work expected to begin in the second half of this year. The precinct will be located on the site of the former Council administration building at...
Body of second missing man found following boat overturn at Narooma
A member of the public has located the body of a 32-year-old man who has been missing since a small boat overturned in the Narooma Bar last week. NSW Police said that at about 7:30 am today (18 March), the body of the 32-year-old man was located approximately 200m offshore by a member of the public near Glasshouse Rocks, Narooma....
More rain forecast for midweek and weekend
The forecast is in, with meteorologists predicting Canberra and the surrounding region could get as much as 100 mm of rain between Wednesday (4 March) and the weekend. The entire eastern half of Australia will see rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Esther which will move further east and south, causing widespread showers, thunderstorms and areas of heavy rain in the...
Canberra crafters find a way to remake Christmas
Juanita Watters' parents' house at Cobargo survived the bushfire that almost destroyed the town on New Year's Eve. Juanita had travelled from her home in Canberra after the fire to help her parents, who did lose some external buildings, bushland and an arboretum they had been cultivating for the last 16 years. "My parents' house was hit by the Badja Forest...
After rivers run dry, Braidwood water restrictions to be lifted
Braidwood's water restrictions will be fully lifted next week following recent rain that has returned the town's water supply to full capacity. Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) have announced that formal restrictions in Braidwood will be fully lifted from next Friday, 6 March, after water restrictions had been slightly relaxed from level four to level three. Braidwood had been under level four water...