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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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...
Lightning strikes gold for award-winning Gungahlin photographer
When the night sky lit up with multiple lightning strikes over Black Mountain in January 2019, Gungahlin photographer Ari Rex knew he had a spectacular shot which has now won first prize in the Nature Photographer of the Year category at this year's International Photography Awards. His image was chosen from around 3000 other photographs in one of the most...
Hallo-ween, come on in to the nightmare on Flemington Rd
Some say this year has been scary enough, but you can't accuse the residents of a house on Flemington Road in Harrison of not getting into the spirit of Halloween this weekend. It may have taken some tricks and treats by American-born Marcus Banuelos to convince his wife Cristina Garcia to turn their house into a nightmare on Flemington Road, but...
Widespread rain and thunderstorms forecast for the weekend
It may be well into next week before the ACT and the surrounding region sees more than one day of sunny skies, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting more rain and storms until at least Tuesday. While the rain and lack of morning frosts are giving tomatoes growers an early start before the traditional planting time of the first week...
‘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...