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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John Barilaro temporarily steps down for mental health break
Member for Eden-Monaro and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro will take the next four weeks away from politics to take care of his mental health. A spokesperson for Mr Barilaro told Region Media "it has been a big year for him" and that he made the decision after an equally big week in which he survived a no-confidence motion in the NSW...
Big rains are on their way, and there’ll be snow on the mountains
The region will be awash with rain, thunderstorms and possible snowfalls as a band of low-pressure systems move across NSW and the ACT this weekend and early next week. While there won't be any return to winter temperatures, the trough will start to move across NSW on the weekend, bringing the risk of severe thunderstorms to the ACT region on Monday. There's...
Googong residents not confident about school opening in 2022
Googong parent Candice Cox has already enrolled her son in a school at Queanbeyan on the assumption that the proposed new Googong Primary School won't be opened as promised in term one of 2022. Ms Cox said she is concerned by the wording of the latest media release from NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro on Tuesday (15...
Close encounter with great white shark sparks word of warning
A south coast spearfisherman who came face-to-face with a great white shark has warned people against going in the water with the prevalence of sharks due to the current migration of whales. "It was right in front of me, about a car's length distance away, and not even moving, just staring straight at me," said Glen Thurston, a well-known former professional...
QPRC looks to Googong as site of region’s new cemetery
Queanbeyan's growing population is putting pressure on the city's cemetery, with the community being asked for feedback on a planning proposal for a new memorial park and cemetery on vacant land south of the city. Residents of the nearby Mt Campbell Estate have already expressed their concerns with the proposal to construct a modern-style memorial park on a small portion of the...
Bungendore residents “thrilled” over carpark compromise
Residents of Bungendore who took up the fight to prevent a green space being turned into a car park in the heart of the town say they are "thrilled" that Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has agreed to reconsider the proposal. At Council's planning and strategy meeting on Wednesday night (9 September), a motion put forward by QPRC mayor Tim Overall...
Council to sell assets to make way for Bungendore High School
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has agreed in principle to sell its Bungendore properties to the NSW Department of Education to make way for the proposed Bungendore High School. Pending the outcome of community consultation, assets up for sale include the council chambers in Bungendore, the aging Bungendore Swimming Pool and the Bungendore Community Centre - all in Majara Street. The Majara...
More resources, more hazard reduction needed says NSW Bushfire Inquiry
More resources, compulsory clearing of land and more aggressive hazard reduction burning are among the 76 recommendations to be adopted following the publishing of an independent report into the past summer's bushfires in NSW. These recommendations include landowners in some areas being legally required to ensure their properties are safe by clearing land and conducting hazard reduction burns. The NSW...
Police smash drug supply network in Snowy Mountains and Queanbeyan
A major drug operation in the Snowy Mountains and Queanbeyan has been dismantled by police, resulting in more than 60 charges being laid against 10 people allegedly involved in the supply of ice and other prohibited drugs. Six men and four women were arrested during the police operation that began shortly after 8:00 am yesterday (Thursday 27 August), with five search...
Mini golf business sunk by aquatic and leisure centre
The owner of the Batemans Bay Mini Golf Centre in the heart of Batemans Bay says there has been almost no consultation from the Eurobodalla Shire Council over the business's forced closure to make way for the town's new $69 million aquatic, arts and leisure centre. The family-owned business, which has operated successfully in the prime location at the intersection...
ANU supercomputer unlocking link to COVID-19 treatment
As the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, a supercomputer in Canberra is running simulations by the second that could unlock potential drug treatments. The supercomputer, named Gadi, in the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI Australia) building on the Australian National University (ANU) campus will help a research team understand how COVID-19 invades human cells. So powerful is Gadi it uses 48 processors running over 19...
Battles in Bungendore for voices to be heard
"In Bungendore, we just don't feel like we have a voice," said former councillor Judith Turley, who was part of the Palerang Shire Council before its merger with Queanbeyan in 2016. "It's our own fault, let's face it." However, the voices in Bungendore are getting louder as people from the surrounding areas of Bywong, Wamboin, Sutton and Carwoola also have their say....
Southern NSW rugs up as cold blast brings the year’s best chance of snow
Will it or won't it actually snow? The Bureau of Meteorology says it's the best chance yet this year ... depending on where you are. "Widespread snow will spread across much of NSW late on Friday and early Saturday, falling in places like Orange, Crookwell, the Barrington Tops, Blue Mountains and many other towns and communities across the southern and central...
Claims bushfire victims defrauded as police declare victory over Nomads
NSW Police have alleged that members of the Nomads Outlaw Motorcycle Club fraudulently obtained money from bushfire victims on the South Coast and used that money to fund the regular transport of drugs and weapons between the South Coast and Canberra. Criminal Groups Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow made the claim after the arrest of the Nomads' national president in...
Come on in, the water’s icy – two break the ice on extreme swim record
The term breaking the ice has new meaning for two Canberra swimmers Joseph Pascall and Michael Pranckl who last weekend became the first people in Australia to complete an extreme ice mile - swimming at least 1.6 km in water that is literally frozen. The specialist 'freeze-stylers' completed the feat at Thredbo's snow pond last weekend which has now been officially recognised by...
Cold blast with a strong chance of puffer jackets
Don't pack away the puffer jackets, scarfs and beanies just yet - winter is still with us, and we might even get snow before the end of the week. One forecaster has gone so far as predicting thundersnow - storms producing snow instead of rain - along with "blizzard conditions likely over the Snowy Mountains, Brindabella ranges and Victorian Alps...