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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Gym junkies cross the border to escape COVID-19 restrictions in NSW
The owner of a gymnasium in Queanbeyan says she is losing customers to gyms in nearby Fyshwick and Kingston because of restrictions on numbers allowed in NSW gyms compared with Canberra. Despite there being no active COVID-19 cases in the Canberra and Queanbeyan region since the start of July, the owner of F45 in Queanbeyan, Pip De Vries, said she has...
Another COVID-19 shutdown could wipe out more than half the businesses in Braddon
A survey of 300 businesses in Braddon has revealed that more than half face the prospect of closure before the end of the year if another lockdown were to occur due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey also found that 68 per cent of businesses experienced revenue loss during restrictions of between 50 and 100 per cent, and 17 per cent continue...
Manuel’s back ‘home’ at Ainslie IGA and its famous wall of cheese
Local Leaders
Manuel Xyrakis always wanted a cash register for Christmas and had aspirations of being an accountant. Instead, he inherited a supermarket that has become his second home. He's really only had a break at his first home due to COVID-19. Mr Xyrakis jokes his nephews Nicholas, Dimitri and Keith locked him out of the Ainslie IGA during the COVID-19 pandemic so he...
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...
Winning touch for pharmacy intern of the year
You could say Capital Chemist Calwell has a winning touch, with one of its staff members, Lucinda Kenny, being named as the best intern in Australia. Lucinda, better known as Lucy to her colleagues and friends, also has a passion for skin and dermatology and says ailments with the skin are one of the most common reasons patients come into a pharmacy....
First-aid trainer gets up close with social distancing
Providing resuscitation to someone gasping for air is one thing you may think twice about during the COVID-19 pandemic. With current social distancing laws in effect, ensuring first-aid responders have the best training to administer the breath of life has also been a challenge. One of Canberra’s leading first-aid training providers, ACTWell First Aid Training, has also had to hold its...
Businesses warned to check insurance before shutting down
Businesses that need to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being advised to check their insurance policies before shutting the doors on their premises or worksite. With many empty worksites being subject to thefts and attempted break-ins, a leading Canberra insurance broker says businesses need to be aware of the implications of shutting down as their policy may be voided, especially...
No time to celebrate as Chisholm chemist takes top award
There's been no time to celebrate for the staff of the Capital Chemist at Chisholm after it was named 2020 Pharmacy of the Year by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Proprietor Rebecca Young said the celebrations will have to be added to the long list of events that have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. Instead, staff are at the...
Business Chamber says more support needed for Canberra businesses
As the shutdown of non-essential businesses takes hold, the Canberra Business Chamber says more support is needed for Canberra businesses. “New restrictions that shut down 'non-essential service' businesses such as clubs, hotels and restaurants will decimate an industry that has been dealing with a severe downturn for months,” said Chamber Interim CEO Graham Catt. "There's no way to sugar coat this...
Turntables keep turning as Landspeed marks 25 years
Landspeed Records co-owner Blake Budak recalls one of his first customers when they opened the store above Gus's Cafe in Civic in 1994. "I remember a customer coming in and saying his personal collection was bigger than what we had in our shop. We had a couple of hundred CDs and some vinyl records and that was about it," Budak recalls....
Tim’s triple-A awesome job at Independent
When Tim Cologon arrives for work with the Independent team, it's already an awesome day. According to Tim, it's triple-A awesome. August 6 was definitely a day to remember, as staff gathered to wish Tim a happy birthday and give their most valued co-worker a few surprises along the way, including a ride in a Ferarri, and of course there...
Remembering Nic Manikis and his corner shop, Queanbeyan community legends
“You can’t sell the shop, Nic. Everyone will miss you,” says a voice filming Nic Manikis as he loads milk into a fridge at his convenience store on Morton St in Queanbeyan. It’s one of the last videos of Nic before he died, peacefully in his shop on June 12, some 44 years after he first started in 1975. His...