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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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...
Helping hands of Canberra reach out to deliver heartfelt hampers
Lending a helping hand comes naturally to Mohammed Ali who had all hands on deck in the garage of his home in Gungahlin on Sunday morning where hundreds of Christmas hampers were being stocked full of essentials for people in need. And when Mohammed puts out a call to arms, an army of volunteers, including many Canberra community leaders, drop...
Word of the year is distinctly Australian, distinctly 2020, but what is it?
The 2020 word of the year was always going to be a keen contest between COVID-related phrases, and in the end iso took the prize as the Australian National Dictionary Centre's word of the year. Officially, the definition of Iso is "self-isolation; the act of remaining apart from others as a way to limit the spread of an infectious disease, especially as a public health...
Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Canberra region
People in the north of Canberra through to Queanbeyan are being warned to take appropriate precautions as a line of severe thunderstorms, with damaging winds and large hailstones, is headed for the capital this afternoon. The Bureau of Meteorology warns that severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Boorowa, Jugiong and Burrinjuck. "These thunderstorms are moving towards the...
First-of-its-kind snake study to unveil slithery trails in Canberra
Gavin Smith loves all snakes, big and small, and during the past week he has handled an eastern brown snake blocking a drainpipe, before battling another brown snake behind a water tank. It has been a busy snake season for snake removalists and catchers in Canberra, and when each snake is released into new bushland habitat, Gavin is always left...
Canberra in direct path of thunderstorms and hail this afternoon
Canberrans are being warned to take precautions this afternoon as a large band of thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain heads straight for the ACT, particularly for Canberra CBD. The weather system stretches from Cooma in the south and west to Tumut and is heading straight for the Canberra region. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe...
Insurer names top 10 worst roads for crashes in the ACT
Canberra Avenue has taken the dubious title of having the most motor vehicle accidents in the ACT, according to new data from insurer AAMI, which also indicated that the most common type of car accidents in the Territory were nose-to-tail collisions, accounting for 67 per cent of crashes. Mondays were also the worst day on the road for accidents, especially during the...
Ryegrass is public enemy number one as pollen levels hit new high
The ryegrass that is causing Canberra's extreme levels After bushfires, smoke, hail storms and a pandemic comes ryegrass, elevating pollen counts to levels not seen in a decade, bringing runny noses, watery eyes, asthma outbreaks and that tickle on the roof of your mouth that won't go away. Chemists are reporting sales of antihistamines akin to the great toilet paper sellout...
Hundreds for thousands sprinkles Christmas funds for families
Natalie Tanchevski rarely misses the chance to drop a few dollars in the tin when she sees Salvation Army volunteers collecting at shopping centres around Canberra. The Gungahlin resident took those donations to the next step when she raised $100 for 100 families before Christmas last year. Those donations have now taken a giant leap forward. The fundraiser was called...
Power to the chairs for Canberra team of champions
The wheels are turning in more ways than one for Canberra United's powerchair football team which has been gifted nine new powerchairs, thanks to the generous efforts of Rotary and Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy. When the team of eight players arrived for its weekly training session on Friday, they had no idea their new chairs were being presented after a fundraising effort...