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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Yass to Murrumbateman pipeline provides water security, jobs (and better coffee)
News
The completion of a 17.9-kilometre water pipeline from Yass to Murrumbateman will provide a secure water supply for residents in the Yass Valley while meeting the needs of the growing Murrumbateman population, according to the representatives of all three levels of government that funded the project. The $14.3 million project, which has literally been in the pipeline for a decade, will also end residents' reliance...
Goalposts move on Bungendore High School site amid overwhelming support
News
As workers from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) moved the goalposts on Mick Sherd Oval further to the west this week in preparation for building the Bungendore High School, debate continues to rage within the community over the proposed site. While opponents of the site from the Bungendore Park Action Group say the goalposts are literally shifting on the site, proponents say there is...
Region’s war memorials to get funds for facelifts
News
War memorials in the region will get a facelift in the latest round of funding being made available as part of the NSW Government’s Community War Memorials Fund. Local community groups, RSL sub-branches, schools and councils are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to $10,000 to support the repair, protection and conservation of war memorials across the region. In announcing...
Captains Flat Road to get $10 million upgrade as part of capital works program
News
The long and winding Captains Flat Road will receive a much-needed $10 million upgrade as part of a $140 million capital works program in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region. The upgrade will come as good news to Captains Flat residents who have shared the 37-kilometre stretch of road with trucks and school buses while making the commute to Queanbeyan or Canberra. The...
Regional jobs boom, but good luck finding a place to live
Business
Regional businesses are crying out for workers, with staff shortages and a lack of accommodation combining to create a perfect storm. Businesses in towns such as Braidwood, Batemans Bay and Jindabyne say they are unable to find staff, while people looking to head south to work in the snowfields for winter face living in their vans or camping on private land...
Edible insects on the menu for an industry with legs
News
How about topping your toast with witchetty grubs, or adding some crunch to your cooking with crickets? Even your trendsetting smoothie bowl could become more Instagram-worthy with a handful of bogong moths. According to the CSIRO, the global billion-dollar edible insect industry could have legs here in the Canberra region as Australia takes flight by producing nutritious, sustainable and ethical products to...
Speechless Tascha becomes the voice for a new respite care centre in Queanbeyan
Community
The mind of Queanbeyan's Tascha Loadsman is still razor-sharp, but the 46-year-old can no longer speak for herself as her body slowly recedes to the ravages of motor neurone disease (MND). Last weekend, Tascha called on a friend during a fundraising high tea to help tell her story and make the case for a respite care facility in the region. Land in...
Hometown pride goes more than skin deep with QUEANBEYAN tattoo
Community
Three hours into getting his beloved town tattooed across his back, Scott Jeffery said the pain overtook the pleasure of having QUEANBEYAN emblazoned across his back. The proud owner of the now-famous tattoo wasn't even born in Queanbeyan, but after living there on and off for about 25 years, he says his love for the town is more than skin...
Reign of sunshine to end with big rain coming this week
News
The ACT and southern NSW can expect to see the first decent falls of rain and possibly even snow later today (3 May), and at least into Tuesday and Wednesday, as a rain band brings a significant change to the run of blue-sky autumn days of late. A frontal system will move in from the south, dropping temperatures back into...
Former hospital Rusten House reborn as new arts centre for Queanbeyan
Arts & Culture
An integral piece of Queanbeyan's history, Rusten House, which was once the town's hospital, has been painstakingly restored and rebirthed as an arts centre that will showcase the region's array of talented artists. Rusten House began life as Queanbeyan's hospital in 1862 and was officially reopened on Thursday, 22 April, by NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, and...
Emotions high for former sergeant’s vision of new Queanbeyan Police Station
Community
The emotion on the face of former Queanbeyan police sergeant Paul Batista said it all. For 10 years, he had lobbied Member for Monaro John Barilaro for a new police station in the home town of both men. On Monday (26 April), Sgt Batista's dream was realised when the $31 million, state-of-the-art policing facility was officially opened by Mr Barilaro in...
How local wineries made the most from smoke-tainted vintage
Food & Wine
While wineries in the region have just harvested the grapes for their 2021 vintages, the effects of smoke from the 2019-20 bushfires are still lingering (in a good way) for a handful of local winemakers who banded together to make the most of what could have been a bad batch. Through the smoke, they have risen, with wineries such as The...
Queanbeyan’s street chicken crosses the road, foul play ruled out
Community
Queanbeyan's missing community chicken has come back home to roost, but the reason why it crossed the road remains a mystery. Last week, Region Media reported on the coup involving the chicken that called four properties home in Callum Street. When the chicken with four names from each of the households – Juliet, Betty, Gobble Gobble and Chook Chook – went missing,...
Two-up tweaked as region rallies to commemorate Anzac Day
News
The traditional games of two-up will not be allowed in some parts of the region this Anzac Day, as towns from Bega to Batemans Bay, Braidwood to Captains Flat, and Yass to Goulburn mark the occasion on 25 April with varying restrictions. NSW Health guidelines say that two-up has to be played outside and there must be two square metres between...
International cyber attack takes the rise out of humble Bodalla bakery
News
Bodalla Bakery owner Sharan Callender knew there was something awry with their social media feed just before Easter. For a start, their location was no longer the heritage-listed main street of Bodalla. According to their Facebook and Instagram feed, the bakery had moved from the small South Coast town to Hanoi, Vietnam. Their existence in Bodalla had disappeared. So had 14...
Where is Queanbeyan’s long-awaited cinema?
News
Queanbeyan is no closer to getting its long-awaited cinema, which is now reliant on a $6 million bushfire recovery grant that developers United Cinemas applied for in January this year. The development is proving to be a prolonged prequel to the cinema before its first film is shown after a development application (DA) was first approved by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council on...
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