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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Wild weather hits Snowy mountains and South Coast
The south-eastern seaboard of NSW between Batemans Bay and Eden is set to receive continued widespread rainfalls with destructive winds and large seas over the coming days. A trough of low pressure off the coast is deepening into a low-pressure system, with its main centre forming over the Tasman Sea and the secondary centre developing off the southern coast. The low-pressure...
Linda Moore, one of Queanbeyan’s oldest residents dies aged 105
One of Queanbeyan's oldest ever residents died peacefully on Friday 3 July, aged 105. Linda Moore (nee Kelly) was born in 1915, six months after the outbreak of World War I and two years after the creation of Canberra as the national capital. "You could say that Queanbeyan built Canberra because all the people lived there while all the building...
Googong unveils new sculpture to welcome visitors and celebrate its ecology
Googong is more welcoming than ever after the unveiling of a seven-metre tall sculpture at the township's entrance that celebrates the local ecology and geology. Googong project director Malcolm Leslie said the sculpture celebrates the natural environment and signifies an important step in the development of the area, and also marks what will become Googong’s retail, wellbeing and community hub. “The...
Rain, snow and thunder on way to the ACT and South Coast
A cold air mass with at least two low-pressure systems embedded will cross the Great Australian Bight over the weekend before forming into an east-coast low on Tuesday next week (14 July). The systems will bring swells of more than six metres and damaging winds to the South Coast, and rain and possible snowfalls to the ACT area and south-east...
Man charged with murder over Kingston Hotel death
A Canberra man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today charged with the murder of a 44-year-old man who died following a fight at the Kingston Hotel on Sunday night (5 July). Police arrested a 35-year-old Griffith man yesterday at about 1:20 pm (9 July) in the city area of Canberra. The arrest follows the naming of the dead man as Warren Hordpenko...
Regional black spots targeted with new mobile phone towers
Residents in mobile phone black spots throughout NSW should soon have a faster and more reliable wireless broadband internet service. As part of the NSW Government's pre-election commitment, 21 new mobile phone towers will be delivered to regional communities courtesy of the $50 million Connecting Country Communities Fund. The funding program began in 2015 as a way to improve communications infrastructure...
Police probe Dalmeny man’s death
A NSW South Coast man has been identified as the person who died following an altercation at a Canberra hotel on Sunday night (5 July). The man is Warren Hordpenko, a 44-year-old from Dalmeny, north of Narooma. Police are treating Mr Hordpenko’s death as suspicious. The investigation is ongoing. Mr Hordpenko died shortly after an altercation with another man inside the hotel....
TJ’s road to recovery is a message for all motorists
Last week, Thomas (TJ) Campagna began his driving experience when he earned his learner's permit. He hasn't driven outside his home street yet but it is a tentative first step. On 19 December 2017, TJ nearly had his life taken away from him when a drug-affected driver collided with the car his mother, Alanna Davis, was driving on the Kings...
Bungendore residents seek compromise on car park conundrum
A group of concerned Bungendore residents is hoping to reach a compromise with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) on a proposal to build a car park in the heart of the town. Many residents are saying there is not a car parking problem in Bungendore, despite QPRC proposing to create an additional 130 spaces on a heritage area which residents would...
Council calls for Bungendore to be like Braidwood
Residents of Bungendore are being asked to be like the Braidwood community to establish a major new playground in the town. Following the success of the Braidwood community's $400,000 Ryrie Park playground, which opened in 2019, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is looking to form a community group in Bungendore that will help shape a similar play space in the town. In...
Heavy police presence in snowfields ahead of opening week of ski season
Additional police will be deployed to the Snowy Mountains region from across NSW as part of a high-visibility police operation when the 2020 ski season commences next week. The official NSW snow season begins on Monday, 22 June, with ski resorts opening throughout the week and enacting COVID-19 safe plans. NSW Police is urging the community to have a plan...
Eden-Monaro poll puts aged care on the agenda
As campaigning ramps up for the Eden-Monaro by-election, a movement in the electorate is calling for candidates to stand up for the aged care system. A group called Fight for Better Aged Care has commissioned a poll that shows eight out of 10 people in the Eden-Monaro region want the Federal Government to provide more funding for the aged care system. The...
New Old Cooma Road makes for a safer, easier commute
The 11,000 motorists who drive from Googong and Burra into Queanbeyan each day will now have an easier commute after the new Old Cooma Road was opened by Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall on Friday (12 June). Old Cooma Road is the main access road from Googong to Queanbeyan and then onto the...
What has been is now Bean Central as cafe opens in Queanbeyan
Food & Wine
Getting through the last mouthful of the mighty mixed grill at the old Central Cafe in Queanbeyan was considered a badge of honour among foodies looking for a gastronomic challenge. At least it was until the Central Cafe closed in April 2018 after almost 40 years serving the local community. However, the doors at the famous venue reopened this week with...
Pre-polling begins for Eden-Monaro by-election
Voters in Eden-Monaro are urged to think ahead and plan how they will cast their ballot in the 4 July by-election. Early voting, or pre-polling, began yesterday (15 June) with 12 different locations, including Canberra, opening progressively. The Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales, Warwick Austin, said in the current COVID-19 pandemic it was more important than ever to consider...
Thredbo snowed under by unprecedented demand for passes
After more than 30,000 people were stuck in an online queue for Thredbo lift passes last week, Perisher Resort will stagger its release of tickets from Tuesday morning (16 June). Guests without a season pass will be required to purchase lift tickets in advance, as on-the-day lift ticket purchases at all resorts will not be available this season. "We have...