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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Federal police and military deployed to quarantine repatriated Australians
Australian Federal Police and members of the Australian Defence Force will be deployed for the repatriation and quarantine of the first international passengers who will arrive in Canberra on a flight from Singapore on Thursday (26 November). ACT Policing said it is working closely with the ACT Government to prepare for hotel quarantine for 150 returning Australians, while a number of...
Belconnen, Queanbeyan and Batemans Bay go directly to Monopoly
Belconnen, Queanbeyan and Batemans Bay are featured on a customised version of Monopoly released to raise money for regional communities which have been affected by various disasters including bushfires, floods and now COVID-19. The Australian Community Relief version of the board game was released today (25 November), with $5 from each board sold donated directly to The Australian Red Cross, to further...
Issuing of first and last coins to be a hands-off event for collectors
The highly anticipated annual queue at the Royal Australian Mint to get the last coin of the year and the first coin of the new year will be a hands-off event for keen collectors. To ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff due to COVID-19, the event, which is normally held onsite at the Mint in Canberra on the...
BOM issues region-wide warning for thunderstorms, hail and strong winds
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning as a large band of thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain makes its way across the region. The weather system stretches from Cooma in the south and west to Tumut and is heading straight for the Canberra region. The BOM issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the...
COVID-19 detected in Batemans Bay sewage
NSW Health is calling on people in the Batemans Bay area to get tested for COVID-19 even if they have the mildest symptoms after fragments of the virus were detected in the sewerage system. Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in samples taken on Tuesday (17 November) as part of the state’s sewage surveillance program. The Batemans Bay...
Bungendore residents rally to reconsider high school proposal
A group of Bungendore residents say time is running out to ensure the best outcome is achieved for the Bungendore High School project, with a number of concerns being raised about the selection of the site and the potential loss of heritage aspects in the town. The Bungendore Park Action Group has raised a petition outlining what it says is a...
Tender release puts Queanbeyan CBD transformation a step closer
Another step forward for the central business district of Queanbeyan has been taken with the tender for construction of the $74 million Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct (QCCP) released. The precinct is being described as "an essential component of the exciting Queanbeyan CBD transformation" and part of the catalyst for the future shape of the town. Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) CEO...
Word of the year is distinctly Australian, distinctly 2020, but what is it?
The 2020 word of the year was always going to be a keen contest between COVID-related phrases, and in the end iso took the prize as the Australian National Dictionary Centre's word of the year. Officially, the definition of Iso is "self-isolation; the act of remaining apart from others as a way to limit the spread of an infectious disease, especially as a public health...
Police arrest two for alleged fraud and drug supply ring in Goulburn
A man and a woman have had 39 charges laid against them following an extensive investigation into fraud and drug supply in the Goulburn area. The arrests took place on Wednesday (11 November) after riot squad members, detectives and police officers raided a home in Goulburn as part of Strike Force Hatchetfish which was established in April by detectives from the Hume...
Meet the new top cop on the beat in Queanbeyan
Inspector Keith Price is less than a month into the job as the new officer-in-charge at Queanbeyan Police Station, but has hit the ground running. Queanbeyan's newest cop on the beat is wrapping up an investigation into stolen property north of the ACT where a team effort during a number of days resulted in two adults and a juvenile being...
How are we remembering Remembrance Day in 2020?
Remembrance Day tomorrow - 11 November - will be commemorated with a minute's silence as it has been since it was first observed in 1919, but restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic mean that people in the region won't be able to gather as usual. Instead, the Australian War Memorial will hold a televised national ceremony in the Captain Reg...
Sneaky UFOs sound good for gig at Lake George Winery
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Lake George Winery owners Sarah and Anthony McDougall said they may cast a sneaky glimpse skyward while Sneaky Sound System perform their 2006 hit 'UFO' at the winery on 14 November. "Lake George is renowned as a popular place for UFO sightings, so we can't wait to hear them sing that song in particular when they play," said Sarah ahead...
Hundreds for thousands sprinkles Christmas funds for families
Natalie Tanchevski rarely misses the chance to drop a few dollars in the tin when she sees Salvation Army volunteers collecting at shopping centres around Canberra. The Gungahlin resident took those donations to the next step when she raised $100 for 100 families before Christmas last year. Those donations have now taken a giant leap forward. The fundraiser was called...
Monaro Panthers say axing from women’s league is “discouraging and short-sighted”
The Monaro Panthers Football Club has labelled a decision by Capital Football to axe all their women's and girls' teams from the 2021 National Premier League Women's (NPLW) competition "discouraging and extremely short-sighted". The decision was made late last week after all clubs in the league were invited to apply to field teams in all five divisions, from first grade to...
Commemorative $2 coin rolls into funds for firefighters
The Royal Australian Mint has poured the proceeds of a $2 commemorative coin honouring Australia’s firefighters into emergency service organisations across the country. The mint launched the coin that went into circulation on Thursday, 29 October, by announcing that $125,000 from proceeds of the sale of the coins will support volunteer firefighters. Designed by the mint's coin designer, Aleks Stokic, the $2 coin...
QPRC endorses department proposal for Bungendore High School
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has endorsed a proposal from the NSW Department of Education to proceed with the relocation and purchase of council assets required to make way for Bungendore High School. The project, expected to cost in excess of $10 million, will see more than 400 children in classrooms for the beginning of term one in 2023. The school...