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 calls Queanbeyan home.

Michael has worked for several Federal Government agencies as a journalist, media liaison officer and web content writer. 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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Queanbeyan man’s hike for hunger a quest to end food wastage
Community
While walking more than 1400 km from the border of NSW and Queensland to Victoria, Queanbeyan's Joash Taufa'ahau has had a lot of time to think and reflect on what he sees as one foot follows the other. "The rubbish on the side of the road is the most common thing I've seen. There's far more rubbish than roadkill," he...
Plastic peril will be the target for volunteers on Clean Up Australia Day
Community
Clean Up Australia Day is this Sunday (7 March) where the focus in Canberra and the region will be on removing the increased plastic waste created as a direct outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clean Up Australia Day's annual rubbish report found plastic waste increased compared to last year while further research indicated a plethora of plastic in 2021. The findings...
Surf’s up on the South Coast but conditions will be hazardous
News
A deep low-pressure system in the southern Tasman Sea and a tropical cyclone off the north Queensland coast are combining to cover the entire east coast in a 3 to 4 metre swell this weekend, prompting a hazardous surf warning and potential beach erosion on the NSW South Coast. But the large swell has nothing to do with the series...
UPDATED: Motorcyclist dies at scene of Monaro Highway accident
News
UPDATED 3:50 pm, 1 March: A motorcyclist has died at the scene of a collision with a truck and a utility on the Monaro Highway north of Michelago this morning.The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash which was attended by firefighters from ACT Fire and Rescue and paramedics from NSW Ambulance. The driver of the truck has...
This knock-on has the Raiders reaching out with Vinnies
Community
The 2021 NRL season hasn't yet begun and the Canberra Raiders have already made their first knock-on, except this one is helping others in the community to sign up for a series of fundraisers that help the St Vincent de Paul Society. In conjunction with the charity, the Canberra Raiders and Canberra Toyota launched the inaugural Vinnies Knock On Effect,...
Documentary shortlisted by SBS tells story of a show that must go on
Arts & Culture
A documentary made by a Batemans Bay filmmaker about keeping Australia's oldest show on the road is one of five shortlisted by SBS as part of its Australia Uncovered series exploring diversity and equality in contemporary Australia. The Carnival, directed by Isabel Darling, is a six-year labour of love that tells the story of Queanbeyan's Bell family which has run Bell's...
Delays leave Mogo Lolly Shop owner with a sour taste
Community
A Mogo business owner, sick of waiting for the Eurobodalla Shire Council to approve a number of improvements to the bushfire-affected town, says she was gobsmacked when a young girl entered her shop while her mum was left stranded in the town's only public toilet block. The eight-year-old girl wandered into the Mogo Lolly Shop not to find her favourite sweet...
Canberra to play vital role in Perseverance mission to Mars
News
It's commonly known as the 'seven minutes of terror' when entering the atmosphere of Mars, but the team at CSIRO's Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex will have a further frightful four minutes before they know if NASA's Perseverance rover makes its much-anticipated landing on Mars this Friday at 7:55 am. It takes 11 minutes and 22 seconds for communication from the rover...
Lead contamination closes preschool at Captains Flat, further testing continues
News
The Captains Flat Preschool will remain closed until at least Monday of next week after elevated levels of lead from the former Lake George Mine were found in some areas of the school's playground and other areas of the town. Lead contamination has also been discovered in the park on Foxlow and Spring Streets in the north of the village and the roadside...
Teenager dies, another seriously injured near Batemans Bay
News
A 16-year-old boy has died and a 17-year-old girl is in Canberra Hospital with serious injuries after a single-vehicle crash at Benandarahm during the early hours of Sunday morning (7 February). The accident happened at about 2:50 am. Police officers on routine patrol on the Princes Highway about 10 km north of Batemans Bay discovered the Ford Falcon sedan crashed...
Station will herald a new era of policing in Queanbeyan
News
Queanbeyan's long-awaited state-of-the-art police station and courthouse will open on schedule in March 2021, and is described by the local commander as a facility that will herald a new era of policing in the area. Monaro Police District Commander Acting Superintendent John Klepczarek said the $17 million police station will bring Queanbeyan and the surrounding area into line with the latest...
Bring out the brollies for another heavy downpour
News
Batten down the hatches and bring out the umbrellas for another drenching this weekend. Meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology Helen Kirkup said there is a good chance of 30 to 40 mm of rain between late Friday and Saturday in the ACT, although there will be higher totals in the Snowy Mountains. "The scenario is that we've got a...
Synthetic greens at Queanbeyan tell story of survival for lawn bowls club
Community
Two new synthetic bowling greens at the Queanbeyan Bowls Club are heralding a new era for the club which was on the brink of extinction. The Queanbeyan Bowls Club, whose greens were laid during the Great Depression in 1934, faced the same problems bedevilling dozens of bowls clubs across Australia - dwindling fees from a small and diminishing member base...
Heavy rainfall warning for southern NSW
News
Southern NSW - including the South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and the ACT - could see as much as 50 mm of rain in two hours later today or this evening as a large band of rain with embedded thunderstorms passes through. Showers and thunderstorms will develop across central inland NSW, before extending into south-east NSW, the ACT and eastern Victoria....
Bushfires a wake-up call for the future, say ANU scientists
Environment
A new study from a group of ANU scientists has painted a clear picture of future bushfire events, with a stark warning that more Black Summers are on the way because of climate change. The study, released earlier this month and led by Professor Nerilie Abram from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences, shows that predictions made more than 10 years...
Businesses reminded not to drain the health of waterways with dirty runoff
Environment
Businesses in the Queanbeyan industrial area are urged to be more aware of harmful chemicals that have a toxic effect on the waterways of the nearby Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers. The campaign targets industrial businesses to adopt best practice stormwater management. It follows a major solvent spill by waste management company Cleanaway in the adjacent Molonglo River in May 2020....
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