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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Tigers eye back-to-back titles ahead of big AFL Canberra season
Memories of last year's shortened, but successful, AFL Canberra season will be long forgotten when the Queanbeyan Tigers eye back-to-back premierships ahead of the competition's first round on Saturday, 1 May. Queanbeyan's proud Tigers will again have plenty of bite ahead of a full home-and-away schedule of 15 games, plus a full finals series, for all competitions. Only 10 games were...
Canberra company takes robot presence to the world
Missing large sections of time at school due to illness, or detecting a fall in an aged care facility are just two examples of where robots are making a huge difference to people's lives thanks to the innovation of a Canberra company behind the technology. Some robots can even play chess, albeit via a user on the other side of...
How Proud Mary keeps the big wheels turning
To many, she is known as 'Mumma Mary', the queen of the road, or even the truck driving instructor in the tennis skirt. Whatever she's called, Queanbeyan's Mary Kovacevic is most comfortable behind the wheel of a semi-trailer, preferably with an Eaton Fuller Roadranger 18-and-a-half speed transmission. At 58, Mary has shifted through the gears of life, but to have...
Audit of NSW schools finds priorities based on election commitments
An audit of school projects in NSW, including proposed schools at Bungendore, Jerrabomberra and Googong, has found the majority of the projects are being delivered according to government promises and election commitments, rather than as a priority. The audit, 'Delivering School Infrastructure', by NSW Auditor-General Margaret Crawford, is the first to examine the state’s delivery of school builds since School Infrastructure NSW...
Feathers ruffled over curious case of Queanbeyan’s missing chicken
The residents of four neighbouring properties at Callum Street in Queanbeyan have had their feathers ruffled by the mysterious disappearance of their community chicken that's flown the coop. The happy hen that called four properties in Callum Street in Queanbeyan home is so special she has four different names: Juliet, Betty, Gobble Gobble and, of course, Chook Chook. However, the...
Boost for social housing in Queanbeyan can’t come soon enough
A $200,000 boost to upgrade four properties in Queanbeyan to provide social housing for people in desperate need of accommodation cannot come soon enough according to a local builder and charity who are giving people impacted by domestic and family violence and homelessness a place to live. Queanbeyan-based builder Deb Strickland, owner of Place Ace, is managing the installation of new bathroom and...
Two die in light plane crash north of Canberra
Two people have died in a light plane crash just north of Canberra late this afternoon. A spokesperson for NSW Police confirmed the crash occurred at about 4:30 pm in a paddock near Tallagandra Lane in Sutton. Emergency services are on the scene and further investigations will commence as soon as possible. "Two people on board have died at the...
$3.6 million in funds to fuel region’s bushfire recovery
More than a year after the clean-up from the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires began, money is still flowing to parts of the region from the NSW and Federal governments with more than $3.6 million in funding to be shared across the Monaro to support community-led recovery projects. Rural Fire Service sheds in the Queanbeyan-Palerang and Monaro regions, the restoration of a hall...
Bungendore’s battle of the action groups over high school proposal
The battle of the action groups in Bungendore is heating up over the proposed new high school, with the Bungendore High School Action Group and the Bungendore Park Action Group at loggerheads over the site for the school. This comes as the project last week took another significant step forward, with Hindmarsh Construction named as the contractor for the initial design of the...
Senator Jim Molan announces he has an ‘aggressive form of cancer’
Liberal Senator for NSW Jim Molan has taken leave for further testing and treatment for what he has described as "an aggressive form of cancer". Senator Molan, who lives at Royalla with his wife Anne, announced on Monday (5 April) that the diagnosis had come as a shock. The 70-year-old is a 40-year veteran of the Army and was awarded...
From coast to Canberra, Jaya scores goal with selection in national squad
Jaya Bowman's first football memories are as one of three girls in an under-9 boys' team for her former local club, the Milton-Ulladulla Panthers. Now, after a move from the South Coast to Canberra, the 14-year-old has been selected in the Junior Matildas squad ahead of the first round of the Asian Football Confederation under-17 Women’s Asian Cup 2022 qualifiers. Jaya has...
Quantum leap in technology for physics students at ANU
Even if you don't understand quantum computing, a business start-up of students from the Australian National University's physics department is turning up the heat on the technology that uses synthetic diamonds so the computer can operate at room temperature. Designed on campus at ANU, this quantum computer doesn’t need to be cryogenically frozen to work and is believed to be the world’s first...
Footprints of Indigenous military service inscribed on new coin
The journey of Indigenous men and women who have served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been captured by an Indigenous artist in a unique coin that will soon enter circulation. A serpent on the coin marks the long-standing service of Indigenous Australians in the military since Federation. The $2 coin will also be available as an uncirculated 'C'...
Good folk of Queanbeyan say festival may be here to stay
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The good folk of Queanbeyan are already pitching that this weekend's re-imagined National Folk Festival in the town won't be a one-off. The barrage of businesses and community getting behind the Good Folk festival will mean Queanbeyan may continue to play a part in the event that was cancelled last year. The town's camping ground is booked out as hotels, pubs...
From Captains Flat to the world, mum-of-nine Claire speaks out
It's the so-called 'witching hour' in the Hooker household at Captains Flat. Dinner is in the oven, but mum-of-nine Claire has time for a chat. She also has time to home-school her nine children, write blogs, be a social media influencer and now host a podcast. It's fair to say Claire loves a challenge. She also loves her husband, their strong...
Canberra the centrepiece for mass flypast to mark the centenary of the RAAF
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More than 60 historic and current aircraft will mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force this Wednesday (31 March) with a wave of flypasts over Lake Burley Griffin from 11:25 am. The public is encouraged to find a vantage point on Lake Burley Griffin. Also keep a close eye on About Regional for a full wrap-up of the event, with...