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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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...
Icy blast to bring snow and more rain this week
An icy blast of cold air will bring snow and freezing conditions to the ACT and surrounding region, followed by a large band of rain this week. Just as many were labelling this year's winter as mild, a deep low-pressure will pass through on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a drenching band of rain on Friday and into the weekend....
Decade since GDE collapse but little progress on reforms
Most Canberrans will remember when a section of the Gungahlin Drive Extension collapsed due to engineering failures. On 14 August, it will be 10 years since the incident that, remarkably, did not result in a loss of life when a section of the bridge under construction collapsed adjacent to an existing bridge. Nine people were taken to Canberra Hospital with injuries...
Female quolls’ nurturing nature helps replenish endangered numbers
The number of native eastern quolls in Canberra is on the increase thanks to the nurturing nature of the female of the endangered species. After the first quolls were reintroduced to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, in Gungahlin, in 2016, their survival rate had dwindled to only 29 per cent. The males tended to run away, only to be killed by predatory foxes. Now an experimental...
August opening for new Aldi store in Amaroo
The expansion of shops at Amaroo is continuing with the news that Aldi Australia will be opening a new store on 1 August in Pioneer Street, in the heart of Amaroo, near the main shopping village. The new supermarket comes as Canberra’s first build-to-rent project of 107 residential apartments at Empire Global’s Marquee Amaroo was filled with tenants in just seven weeks. Aldi Australia NSW managing...
If the cap fits, share it: how a Gungahlin sports fan used lockdown to build a side hustle
Working from home has given many of us the chance to live in our old clothes, but one Canberran has decided to instead use the lockdown to sell clothing. After returning from the United States, Tom Falco knew there was a market for fashionable clothes from many of the top US sporting teams. "It's a business idea that I've had...
Three COVID-19 cases emerge in ACT linked to Victoria
The ACT has recorded its first cases of COVID-19 in more than a month, with three new cases emerging during the past 24 hours. The three cases are all in the same household and are directly linked to the second wave of the virus in Victoria. ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said although the risk of community transmission...
Frisbee followers take ultimate leap back into competition
It's a sport that prides itself on not needing referees - so you know they're going to play by the COVID-19 rules. And now sport is back on, Ultimate Frisbee will be one of the first to return to competition mode this Sunday when the first round of the Canberra Ultimate Premier League takes to the field. As a designated non-contact sport,...
George Harcourt’s ‘caremongering’ is helping get food to those in need
As all licensed premises in Canberra closed due to COVID-19, the George Harcourt Inn at Gold Creek found a way to keep the cheer flowing, trading scaremongering for 'caremongering'. Before the shutdown was enforced, the George and its community-minded staff began making heavily discounted and nutritious takeaway meals for disadvantaged groups in Canberra – mainly pensioners, senior citizens and people with a disability...
“It’s a disgrace,” says resident as Gungahlin becomes a dumping ground
An area at the back of Big W at Gungahlin has been turned into a dumping ground of discarded items as residents leave mattresses, lounges and bags of clothes near donation bins in the area. When Gungahlin residents Cecilia Marshall and her husband Greg saw the mess again this morning (17 December), they decided they'd had enough of seeing their...