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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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...
Summer heatwave set to fire up weekend temperatures and fire danger
The ACT and the surrounding region can expect the first total fire bans of the bushfire season within a week as a significant mass of hot air is forecast to push temperatures close to 40 degrees. Canberra's mercury is predicted to hit 33°C on Friday (22 January) before jumping to 37 on Saturday, 38 on Sunday and 39 on Monday....
How are we going to celebrate Australia Day in Canberra?
There are more things to do this Australia Day than you can poke a stick at, from a socially acceptable distance, of course. Labelled The Great Aussie Picnic by organisers, this Australia Day will be a buzz of free entertainment hubs and one huge ticketed concert featuring live performances from Australian icons Lee Kernaghan, James Reyne and Daryl Braithwaite. The...
It’s cool at the pool but high fire danger on horizon
The ACT and south-east region are experiencing the first real taste of summer this year, but the soaring temperatures this week also bring an elevated fire danger. Yesterday's temperatures in the low 30s will rise during the week, and the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a high fire danger rating across the region until Thursday (14 January). On the NSW...
COVID-19 restrictions to remain in force in ACT until at least 6 January
The current level of COVID-19 restrictions for people travelling to or from the Greater Sydney and Wollongong regions will remain in place in the ACT until at least 6 January. The ACT's Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said the spread of the COVID-19 virus in those areas posed too great a risk to people in the ACT and the situation...
Best festive mince pies rated – would your nan’s make the list?
Here at Region Media, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to home-baked cooking. Group editor Genevieve Jacobs is a dab hand in the delectable pastries department, supplying an array of baked delights at our weekly all-staff meeting. But a new (festive) benchmark has been set by our social media coordinator Etta McEwan who brought in the best fruit mince pies...
Canberra’s season of sneezing comes to an end … for the time being
Canberra's record season of sneezing is coming to end, with one of our leading environmental scientists declaring the run of high pollen days is over ... for now. Canberra’s very own pollen counter Professor Simon Haberle, a researcher with the ANU’s School of Culture, History and Language, who also runs the pollen monitoring website Canberra Pollen and Canberra Pollen App, says the last...
Dinosaurs vandalised at Gold Creek museum
The manager and staff of the National Dinosaur Museum at Gold Creek have been left gobsmacked at the behaviour of the person or people responsible for the theft and damage to a number of valued dinosaurs overnight. Two dinosaurs were stolen while three had body parts dismembered by one or more people some time between when the museum closed on Sunday...