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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Hands up for the return of Canberra’s Handmade Market
Community
Good things are worth waiting for, according to the head honcho of Canberra's Handmade Market, Julie Nichols, who welcomes the return of the very popular market at its regular venue at Exhibition Park (EPIC) with 270 stalls from 25-27 June. The Handmade Market came close to returning in March 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to its plans, and the...
Could you control a small house fire?
News
Not enough Canberrans have the knowledge or basic equipment to stop a small fire from getting out of control, according to ACT Fire and Rescue firefighters, who launched their winter fire safety campaign just as Canberra started cranking up the heaters. ACT Fire and Rescue officer in charge of community safety, Superintendent Matthew Shonk, said with fire-spread rates in homes...
Fighting fire with more firefighters as next recruiting round begins
Community
ACT Fire and Rescue is fighting fire with more firefighters as the next wave of an ongoing recruitment process to find another 99 people during the next three years begins. The latest recruitment round closes in July for prospective firefighters to begin the process for acceptance into recruit college in January next year. Based on last year's growing interest in the...
Line of severe thunderstorms prompts warning for ACT region
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A line of thunderstorms stretching from Parkes to the Victorian border will impact the ACT and surrounding regions during the next several hours, which has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to issue a severe thunderstorm warning. The line of storms is likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area in locations including Canberra, Yass, Parkes, Young, Gundagai and Tumut....
Icons of Canberra flagged for next stage of ACT coat of arms
Community
Canberra landmarks could be considered for the ACT coat of arms by a community reference panel, with the design to be decided by the public before the end of 2021. The eight-person community reference panel includes Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Roslyn Brown and United Ngunnawal Youth Council member Bradley Mapiva-Brown, with members of the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra, Professor...
Micro-forests make major impact on Canberra’s heat map
Community
Grassroots campaigns are helping to keep Canberra's hotspots cool during summer, with a third micro-forest planned for Holt following a CSIRO report that identified areas of West Belconnen and Gungahlin as the hottest in the ACT. The 2017 report that mapped Canberra's surface heat in urban areas is being used to plan a series of micro-forests in suburbs most affected...
Project asks us to move to bikes, electric bikes and e-scooters for daily commute
News
Would you be willing to ditch the daily commute in your car to take an active form of travel such as a bike, electric bike or e-scooter? That is the question Canberra commuters are being asked as part of an initiative to make the move to zero-emission forms of transport. The Make the Move initiative is a six-week program for...
Reign of sunshine to end with big rain coming this week
News
The ACT region 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 the teens...
Live music venues amped with $750,000 fund for gigs in Canberra
Entertainment
Small to medium-sized live music venues have been given a long-awaited lifeline from the ACT Government to offset the costs of paying performers and promoting gigs. The government's $750,000 Amp It Up! fund will support live performances between June and November this year. It comes as larger venues such as The Basement in Belconnen and the smaller-sized Smith's Alternative in...
Canberra crowns its chilli champion as first chilli store to open
Community
Chilli is red hot in Canberra: a new store with everything for the chilli connoisseur is about to open and the ACT's first chilli champion will soon contest the Australian Chilli Championships. Rob 'the Dragon' Morris was crowned Canberra's chilli champion on 10 April when he survived a contest of fire-breathing proportions against two worthy combatants who ate raw chillies,...
ACT housing crisis puts family of eight at risk of homelessness
News
There are 2789 Canberrans on the ACT waiting list for public housing and former Barnardo's mother of the year and mum of seven Belinda Nunn, who will be homeless in four weeks, is one of them. Ms Nunn has five daughters between six and 18, but has also helped raise her two nephews to her twin sister who died when...
Polar blast coming with frost and snow this weekend
News
Shake out the winter coats and scarves, a blast of Antarctic air will cross the ACT and southern NSW this weekend that will see temperatures plummet and may even bring our first frosts of the year on Monday morning (12 April). Daytime temperatures could drop by up to 10 degrees Celsius as a double-whammy polar blast from two cold fronts...
Researchers take fine-tooth comb to find natural solution to head lice
News
There would be few families with children who aren't aware of head lice and it's a problem a team of researchers at the University of Canberra is taking on to find an effective natural treatment in place of chemicals which they claim are ineffective. "There are references to head lice in the bible and still, one in five school children are...
Black fingernails and a good temper – here’s cheers for our chocolatiers
Community
Their fingernails are often blackened from working with the sweetest of treats but nothing makes them happier than a good temper. Of course, we're talking about chocolate here - the tempering of which brings a glossy sheen to chocolate and a big smile to the region's chocolatiers who are shining in the face of growing demand for fine chocolates and a...
Finally! Classic autumn conditions with clear skies for Easter
News
Canberra and the surrounding region will have perfect conditions for the Easter long weekend, with clear skies and warm, sunny days on the horizon for all four days from Friday, 2 April, to Monday, 5 April. After being deluged for more than a week of almost constant heavy rain and floodwaters in late March, there is one dominant factor in...
Put your taste buds to the test for Canberra’s best hot cross buns
Community
As we head into Easter, it's time to put your taste buds to the test to find the most delicious hot cross buns in Canberra. How does your local bakery stack up against the big supermarkets that have been diligently tempting us with all things chocolate since they took down their Christmas decorations in late December? The hot cross bun...
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