About Dominic Giannini

Dominic Giannini is a journalist who first started working as a newsreader on community radio in Sydney. Originating from the Harbour City, Dominic studied politics and international relations before moving to Canberra to cover local stories.

With a background in radio, from presenting drive shows to producing news stories, Dominic loves to spin a yarn and probably needs to be cut off more often than not.

Dominic is passionate about mental health advocacy, politics and pasta, but prefers to keep all three separate.

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Bushfire recovery efforts on hold as volunteers quarantine and isolate from COVID-19
Bushfire recovery efforts on the South Coast have been hampered by the spread of COVID-19, with BlazeAid camps in Cobargo and Towamba going into lockdown and self-isolation for the next fortnight. BlazeAid – a volunteer-run organisation that helps rural communities rebuild farm fences and structures following a disaster – said no new volunteers can come into the camps and those...
Rex grounds flights criticising lack of government subsidies
Just days after reducing its flights by 45 per cent, Regional Express (Rex) has announced it will be suspending its public air services in every state except Queensland from 6 April. However, the airline says the changes will not affect its other services which include Ambulance Victoria fixed-wing air ambulance services, charter contracts with mining companies, freight services, and pilot...
Lost husky found 220km away after two years and Australia’s worst bushfires
Indie, a beloved husky from Nowra, went on a 220-km walk two-and-a-half years ago and has finally been reunited with her family after being found in Bermagui. The paw-fect reunion came to be after a council ranger found Indie and her two new pups and took the dogs to safety before realising she was missing after checking her microchip. Owner...
NAPLAN cancelled because of COVID-19 threat
NAPLAN tests will not take place this year amid the threat from COVID-19, the Education Council (EC) confirmed on Friday (20 March). Education ministers from around the country acknowledged the risk posed by coronavirus, saying the cancellation of the exams will allow teachers and staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and learning. With the prevalence of COVID-19 rising...
Goulburn community solar farm receives $2.1 million grant
A community solar battery farm in Goulburn has been given $2.1 million from the NSW Government to help locals access and invest in cheaper power from a renewable energy source. The community solar farm, run by the not-for-profit group Community Energy 4 Goulburn (CE4G), is hoping to co-own the project with Goulburn residents, with each share worth $400. The funding...
Rex cuts services to Merimbula, Moruya amid aviation downturn
Regional Express airlines (Rex) has cut most of its regional services amid an economic downturn for the aviation industry as new travel restrictions and warnings come into effect across Australia. Weekly return services between Merimbula and Sydney, and Moruya and Sydney, have each been reduced to 12, down from 19, while weekly return services between Melbourne and Merimbula have been...
Cancel all overseas travel, says PM
DO NOT TRAVEL is the stark warning from the Australian Government. For the first time ever, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has raised its travel advice to level four – the highest warning level – for every country in the world. DFAT has advised that there may be a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 overseas. "You may come in contact with...
$600,000 to help senior citizens in Goulburn
The NSW Government has put in $600,000 to help lonely seniors in the Goulburn electorate become more social and make friends in a bid to help the older community tackle isolation. The Staying Social Grants Program is open to encourage organisations to create local programs for older people, supporting projects that help older people connect with each other and create...
First Australian bushfire satellite to be launched by ANU scientists
Scientists from the ANU Institute for Space have been awarded $1 million to build a satellite to measure forest fuel load and vegetation moisture levels across Australia to help mitigate the threat from bushfires. The satellite – the size of a shoebox – will be able to predict where bushfires are likely to start and which fires will be difficult to...
Man who travelled on plane to Canberra returns positive COVID-19 result
The ACT may soon have its first cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, after an Australian Defence Force (ADF) member who travelled to Canberra by plane returned a positive result for the virus. The man may have been contagious when travelling on two flights between Canberra and Sydney on 28 February when he flew in for a meeting at Defence headquarters...
Barton Highway upgrade three years behind schedule
The Barton Highway upgrades will not be completed until at least 2023, despite the arterial road that links the ACT and Hume Highway being originally earmarked for a mid-2020 finish. There are four phases to the $200 million upgrades to the Barton Highway – three of which are yet to be completed. During NSW Budget Estimates, the Minister for Regional...
Government seals deal for new UNSW campus in Canberra
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is set to open a new campus next to Canberra’s CBD after the ACT Government agreed to spend $25 million with the university throughout its development. The government will also provide 8 hectares of land in Reid under a peppercorn lease agreement to allow the project to go ahead in the hopes of...
Drunk driver plows into Goulburn Police Station
A 27-year-old man who crashed his black Skoda hatch into Goulburn Police Station's front fence at 1:00 am this morning (5 March) has been charged with high range drink driving. The man returned a blood alcohol concentration of 0.171 – more than three times the legal limit. He was walked into the station after the crash by officers working in...
Bushfire Recovery Agency slammed for slow flow of much-needed assistance
New figures show that just 10 per cent of the $2 billion bushfire recovery fund - coordinated by the National Bushfire Recovery Agency (NBRA) - has made its way to the devastated bushfire-affected communities, while a further $555 million from the fund has been allocated to the end of June 2020 but has not yet been spent. “These efforts have...
Curtis Scott cleared to play by NRL
Raiders centre Curtis Scott has been cleared to play in Canberra's round one clash against the Titans after the NRL confirmed they would not stand him down under their 'no-fault policy'. Scott is charged with seven offences including assaulting police and resisting arrest. He was arrested and tasered by police on the Australia Day long weekend. Under the NRL's no-fault...
Emergency staff named Canberra Citizens of the Year for bushfire campaign
All emergency services staff and personnel have been named Canberra's Citizens of the Year for their valiant and consistent effort in the Territory’s most challenging bushfire season since 2003. Volunteers and staff from the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) and ACT Parks and Conservation (P&C) were recognised by Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the Arboretum today following a campaign bushfire...