About Max O'Driscoll

Max O'Driscoll is early in his journalism career having spent most of 2021 working with a local newspaper in the Yass Valley.

Originally from Melbourne, he is nearing completion of his double degree in Business and Media Communications at Monash University.

Max loves his sport, particularly AFL and cricket, and enjoys all types of music.

Want to get in touch? You can reach out to Max at [email protected]

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Petition launched to bring upgrades to Gungahlin Skatepark
Community
Gungahlin skaters are hopeful of securing a commitment from the ACT Government for upgrades to Gungahlin Skatepark courtesy of a new petition led by young resident Liam O'Connell. The petition states that the existing concrete park, which dates back to the 1990s, is in need of repair. It describes steel reinforcing bars poking through the surface of the skatepark as...
Gold Creek to host the inaugural Canberra Chilli Festival
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Can Canberrans handle the heat?  The Canberra Chilli Festival is set to bring some spice to the ACT, with Gold Creek's Federation Square serving as its inaugural host. Organiser Eric Bailey is the owner of the Canberra Chilli and Hot Sauces Store, and he says that it's been a long time coming, but local chilli lovers are finally getting a...
Who ya gonna quoll? The apex predator tasked with clearing out Mulligans unwanted guests
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Animals of Mulligans Flat, beware! The 15-year era of peace at the sanctuary is over. For the first time since fox-proof fencing was introduced, the inhabitants of Mulligans Flat will have an apex predator to deal with - the spotted-tail quoll. Ecologist and outreach manager at the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve Millie Sutherland Saines explained that while the project has...
Wet summer to bring more snake and pest activity
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If you have a pathological fear of spiders and snakes, it may not be the summer to head into the great outdoors. With a wet season ahead, Canberra's pest experts are warning that creepy crawlies, snakes and rodents could be bigger than ever as the entire ecosystem is enjoying the surplus of food on offer. Luke Dunn from Canberra Snake...
Pettersson pushes for action on Gungahlin cinema proposal
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Gungahlin's Cinema project may not be as far away as first thought, with the ACT Government passing a motion in the Assembly to expedite construction of the cinema. Responding to a Region Media report which revealed developers Krnc Group had an indefinite timeline on the commencement of construction, Michael Pettersson MLA successfully moved a motion with a number of suggestions for his...
Efficiency or a ‘green light for criminals’? Police to phase out attending some property crimes
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ACT residents will soon be required to self-submit a report online when they are victims of certain crimes, including house burglaries, as part of a "phase-out" designed to achieve more efficient use of officers. Speaking on ABC Radio, ACT Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan said that the phase-out, which will occur over the next 12 months, will mean an online...
Canberra’s wettest year in a decade to get even wetter with storms ahead
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With the ACT already in the midst of its wettest year in over a decade, thunderstorms surround the region and a further 20 mm of rain is expected in the next three days. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the yearly rainfall tally at Canberra Airport is 825.2 mm as at 30 November, making it the wettest November by nearly...
Ken Oath, brother! Canberra barber brings men’s mental health talk to the chair
Community
For five years, Sam Dowdell - a trained crisis counsellor - drove around New Zealand in a bus with a mobile barbershop offering crisis counselling to people all over the country as he cut their hair. That was before he was struck with a crisis of his own. With his dad terminally ill in Canberra, Sam decided to cross the...
Harrison man found more than five times over the legal limit following single car crash in Ngunnawal
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A 40-year-old man from Harrison has received a high-range drink driving charge following a crash in Ngunnawal early Tuesday morning (23 November). At 3:10 am, police saw a black Nissan Micra sedan stationary in the middle of the road about 100 metres west of the Horse Park Drive roundabout, when conducting mobile patrols on Burrumarra Avenue. Police noticed extensive damage...
BOM declares La Niña and Canberra could record its wettest month on record
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November 2021 is less than 5 mm off being Canberra's wettest November, and if rainfall levels are at the higher end of predictions - 100 mm between Wednesday and Friday - it could become the wettest month on record. The forecast comes as a La Niña in the Pacific Ocean was officially declared by the Bureau of Meteorology today (23...
ACT Policing’s phased takeover of Gungahlin’s Joint Emergency Services Centre to begin in 2022
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ACT Policing's takeover of the Joint Emergency Services Centre in Gungahlin will begin in 2022, with the Gungahlin SES and ACT Rural Fire Service set to be moved to a site in Mitchell. The decision to move the other emergency services out of the building has been made in recognition of both the rapid population growth of Gungahlin, and the...
From connection to country and changes to dog-walking – the ACT’s 10-year plan for nature reserves
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From changes to dog-walking rules to celebrating a connection to Ngunnawal country, the ACT Government's 10-year 'Canberra Nature Park Reserve Management Plan' has been released for the Territory's 39 nature reserves. The plan features the addition of a further nine 'nature reserves' from prior plans, including Goorooyarroo, Percival Hill, Jerrabomberra West Grasslands Callum Brae, Kinlyside, Jarramlee/West Macgregor Grasslands, Budjan Galindji Grasslands,...
Canberra region heads for its wettest November on record, up to 60 mm forecast this weekend
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The wet is set to continue, with another big weekend of rain and growing flood concerns for the ACT and the surrounding region. The ACT is forecast to receive up to 4 mm on Friday, between 10 and 20 mm on Saturday, and between 25 and 40 mm of rain on Sunday, along with the chance of thunderstorms. The mean...
Canberra region to ‘eclipse’ the week of rain with a Friday night lunar show
Community
On Friday, 19 November, from approximately 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm, the Canberra region will be treated to its second lunar eclipse of 2021. Dr Brad Tucker, from Mount Stromlo Observatory, explained the phenomenon of the partial lunar eclipse and what Canberrans can expect to witness as the moon goes around the Earth and into its shadow. "What actually happens...
No pool and now no cinema in sight: Gungahlin’s nine-year wait continues
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The Gungahlin cinema site, on the corner of Hinder and Efkarpidis Streets, was first selected by the ACT Government in 2012. Nine years later, developers have confirmed to Region Media there remains no timeline for construction to start. Franklin-based developers the Krnc Group are developing the cinema for operators United Cinemas. As of July 2020, the projected construction completion date was...
Peli-please-can I go again? Pelican Place is Gungahlin’s hidden gem
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I always get a little nervous when I look at a menu and see that they're doing a lot. It's become a new wave of sorts. Rather than the more traditional culturally styled restaurants, more and more seem to open today with a diverse array of offerings. So when I arrived at Pelican Place Gungahlin on Saturday night and saw...
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