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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‘Severe storm trifecta’ bringing a deluge this weekend
The ACT and the south-east region of NSW are set for another drenching this weekend from what at least one meteorologist is calling a "severe storm trifecta" during the coming days. Storms, damaging winds and flash flooding are in the mix across the entire eastern seaboard of NSW and parts of Queensland. There's also a chance of hail. The Bureau...
Working-class teacher CJ gets an ARIA nomination from Barnsey
Christopher 'CJ' Shaw is a working-class teacher at Palmerston District Primary School who has just been nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award for music teacher of the year. The nomination came from the working-class man himself, Jimmy Barnes, via a live video link into the classroom at Palmerston that left the usually vocal CJ speechless. "To get an ARIA...
BOM issues severe weather warning for winds up to 120 km/h
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for winds in excess of 100 km/h which are expected to hit the region this afternoon and evening (7 October). The Bureau released the warning just after 11:00 am for  winds averaging between 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h likely in the Snowy Mountains and parts...
Gungahlin kids make a racquet over tennis stars
More than 100 kindergarten students in Gungahlin took their first steps towards a tennis career when they received their first tennis racquets from Canberra's top players - Nick Kyrgios and Alison Bai. The signed tennis racquets were delivered to students at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School as part of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow. Kyrgios and Bai also gave the students a virtual...
Would you like onion with your virtual democracy sausage?
The highlight of every election - the democracy sausage - won't be part of this year's ACT election on 17 October, but a group of Palmerston parents is cooking up an idea that's virtually as good. Kate Baron is a committee member of the Palmerston Primary School Parents and Citizens Association, one of many in Canberra that has been forced to...
Pandemic adds another plot twist to the long-awaited Gungahlin Cinema project
Construction of the $15 million Gungahlin cinema was due to begin last month but has been hit by another delay - COVID-19. Gungahlin Community Council president Peter Elford received word of the delay this week from the developer, the Krnc Group. Initial works have begun on an office site occupied by DHA, but the construction of the main site has...
Staff threatened during robbery at Gungahlin restaurant
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at a restaurant on Hibberson Street in Gungahlin that occurred between 1:50 pm and 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon (15 September). Two men entered the restaurant and made demands of staff before they fled the scene on foot in the direction of Ernest Cavanagh Street a short time later. "Police would...
Man wanted for allegedly assaulting passenger in Gungahlin
Police are investigating reports of a man violently assaulting a passenger while he was driving through a number of streets in Gungahlin on Sunday, 6 September. Police have spoken to numerous people and believe there are still members of the community who witnessed the assaults who are yet to come forward. Investigations began after ACT Policing received multiple reports of a male...
Who took Mario? Quest begins to find the life-sized cutout taken from Gungahlin
A perfectly placed and spray-painted cardboard cutout of cult cartoon character Mario has gone missing from Gungahlin Drive. There have been sightings of the Mario caricature around Canberra, but the search is on to return the much-loved Mario to his home atop a concrete air-pipe that has added plenty of colour to the daily grind on Gungahlin Drive. "The world would...
Meteoric show of light catches Canberra’s eyes in the sky
Eyes across the region turned skyward last night when a large meteor appeared, with sightings noted in most Canberra suburbs and surrounding areas. Descriptions ranged from a "tail of light with a greeny, gold colour" to a "massive tail that changes colours for about three to five seconds". Dr Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist with ANU, told Region Media the fireball was definitely...
Wettest winter in four years with chance of more raincoats to come
The ACT region recorded its wettest winter in four years, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting there's much more rain to come during spring. Despite the Antarctic blast that blanketed southern NSW with snow last weekend (22-23 August), temperatures during winter were mild compared to previous years, according to BOM's preliminary winter summary. Winter 2020 was one of...
Canberra rugs up as cold blast brings the year’s best chance of snow
Will it or won't it actually snow in Canberra? The Bureau of Meteorology says it's the best chance yet but don't expect to be snowed under in a winter wonderland. "Widespread snow will spread across much of NSW late on Friday and early Saturday, falling in places like Orange, Crookwell, the Barrington Tops, Blue Mountains and many other towns and communities...
Cold blast with a strong chance of puffer jackets
Don't pack away the puffer jackets, scarfs and beanies just yet - winter is still with us, and we might even get snow before the end of the week. One forecaster has gone so far as predicting thundersnow - storms producing snow instead of rain - along with "blizzard conditions likely over the Snowy Mountains, Brindabella ranges and Victorian Alps...
Work begins on long-awaited public WiFi network expansion
Work has begun on expanding Canberra’s free public Wi-Fi network, more than three years after it was recommended by a peak social service body. ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) CEO Dr Emma Campbell welcomed the expansion of the network to cover every Canberra town centre, 16 group centres and a number of popular community locations and businesses, but said the rollout...
Light-rail near misses track need for safety awareness
The lifeless limbs of a mannequin lay trapped under a light-rail vehicle at the Gungahlin terminal in a dramatic display to highlight the need for greater safety around Canberra's light-rail network. The safety training exercise brought one light-rail vehicle to a halt as emergency services sprung into action in a real-time exercise involving Transport Canberra, Canberra Metro Operations, ACT Policing and...
Region awash with heavy rainfall this weekend
The already-drenched NSW South Coast between Batemans Bay and Eden will cop the brunt of widespread rainfall and possible flooding this weekend, with more than 200 mm expected between this Friday and Sunday (7 and 9 August). Even areas that have experienced serious rainfall deficiencies in the Cooma-Monaro region are forecast to see rainfall of more than 100 mm over the...