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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From car engines to corflutes, we bust some myths on recycling
When a car engine made its way from a recycling bin to one of the ACT's recycling centres for sorting, the ACT Government knew it had some overenthusiastic recyclers. Then there were corflutes. Lots of corflutes. Now in the wake of World Recycling Day on 18 March, the ACT Government is stepping up its message for Canberrans to be more...
Publicly operated crematorium in Gungahlin to meet needs of growing city
Canberra now has a second crematorium that meets the religious and cultural needs of the ACT's growing population. The capital's first publicly operated crematorium opened in Gungahlin on Monday, 15 March. A 2018 review of cemeteries and crematoria found one in 10 people who have a religious or cultural need for burial or cremation did not have this service available to them...
Last gasp as longest and strongest pollen season comes to an end
Canberrans can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief! The longest and strongest pollen season ever seen in the ACT is having its last gasp with pollen counts almost negligible and forecast to stay that way until July. While the so-called 'big sneeze' of spring and summer had Canberrans reaching for the tissues and antihistamines, the sneeze and wheeze season...
Great weather for soup as rain settles in around the region
It's great weather for soup as cooler temperatures and a slow-moving weather system are forecast to bring rain and cloudy skies to the region for the next seven days. We may even have to wait until the end of next week before we see a full day of sunshine. In Canberra, the weather will be dominated by cloudy skies and a...
‘Incredible discovery’ could hold natural key to treating allergies
The findings from two researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) on stopping allergies such as asthma and hay fever will come as a relief to many Canberrans who sneezed and wheezed through one of the worst pollen seasons on record. With Canberra known as the pollen capital of Australia, the researchers say their findings are "an incredible discovery" that could...
Six-car collision causes big delays near Glenloch Interchange
Traffic near the Glenloch Interchange is at a standstill following a six-car collision on Gungahlin Drive near Black Mountain this afternoon. There are no reports of injuries, however, the pile-up is causing major traffic delays as tow trucks move in to clear the chaos. The accident occurred just before 3:00 pm in the southbound lane of Gungahlin Drive heading towards Black...
The life of Gary: snake tracking study reveals the habits of eastern browns in Canberra
Gary, a five or six-year-old male eastern brown snake, is curled in a burrow on the hillside of an undisclosed Canberra suburb waiting for the first rays of sunlight on an autumn morning. "My five-year-old daughter named him Gary because she thought it would be a great name for a snake," says Gavin Smith, a certified snake catcher, researcher and...
Ultimatum for ACT drivers with deadly Takata airbags
The owners of vehicles in the ACT who have not replaced dangerous Takata airbags have until 6 April to complete the free repairs before their car registration could be suspended or cancelled. The ultimatum comes after repeated warnings from the ACT Government and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which has prompted ACT Consumer Affairs Minister Shane Rattenbury to urge...
Gungahlin man’s Lucky Lottery win the perfect end to the week
A Gungahlin man in his 50s is finishing the week on a high after discovering he's won $100,000 in the latest Lucky Lotteries draw today (5 March). “It’s certainly not a bad way to end the week," the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said when contacted by a Lottery official. “I was just saying to a work colleague that...
So long summer, the heat is off with cooler autumn to come
Canberra has had its coolest summer since 2011-12, and if you are hoping for some heat you'll be disappointed as the milder-than-usual temperatures are set to continue into autumn, with the Bureau of Meteorology's Autumn Climate Outlook forecasting more mild conditions in the Canberra region. It will come as news to no one that the summer of 2020-21 was one of the...
The buzz on European wasps comes with a sting for Canberrans
A loud buzzing noise in the ceiling of a Canberra house a couple of weeks ago resulted in the discovery of a 40 cm European wasp nest and a pest controller in full bee suit attacked by wasps tumbling out of the ceiling cavity. The wasps had eaten through the ceiling plaster to make their new home on the property....
Ideal growing conditions spawn warning for death cap mushroom
ACT Health has urged people in the region not to touch, pick, or eat wild mushrooms after the fatal death cap mushroom has spawned following ideal growing conditions in Canberra. In Canberra, this usually occurs in autumn, but there is no specific mushroom season given the mild conditions in the Territory. ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said the number...
Make every step count for Gift of Life’s walk this week
If you are heading out for a walk this week, there is an extra reason to make those steps more meaningful by supporting the annual Gift of Life DonateLife Walk from 22-28 February. More than 2300 people have registered for the walk that raises awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and registration. One of the unanticipated benefits of...
Canberra research giving flora and fauna a fighting chance
A Canberra biotechnology company that specialises in the genetic screening of plants and animals is behind a $3 million investment in technology that will turbocharge the understanding of events such as bushfires and climate change on flora and fauna by accessing data from around the world that would otherwise be lost. The investment is a collaboration between company Diversity Arrays Technology...
Bring out the brollies for another heavy downpour
Batten down the hatches and bring out the umbrellas for another drenching in the ACT this weekend. While rainfall totals are dependent on where thunderstorms fall, there are estimates that between 50 and 70 mm could fall in the ACT region from late on Friday and all of Saturday, with the potential for flash flooding and dangerous conditions on the roads....
Heavy rainfall coming to Canberra region this evening
The ACT and surrounding region could see as much as 50 mm of rain in two hours later today or this evening as a large band of rain with embedded thunderstorms passes through. Showers and thunderstorms will develop across central inland NSW, before extending into south-east NSW, the ACT and eastern Victoria. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Stephen Stefanac said the first showers...