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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Cannabis legal in the ACT, but Commonwealth status still in limbo
In an Australian first, Canberrans can now possess and cultivate cannabis for personal use, as legislation came into effect in the ACT on Friday (31 January). The new laws allow people to possess 50 grams of dry cannabis and grow up to two plants, with a maximum of four plants per house. The limit is increased to 150 grams for...
Army helicopter believed to have caused Orroral Valley fire
An Australian Army helicopter on reconnaissance operations is likely to be responsible for starting the out of control Orroral Valley bushfire in the Namadgi National Park. The MRH-90 Taipan helicopter was clearing landing zones that would be used to drop in strike teams in case of a fire. But when the aircraft landed at around 1 pm yesterday (Monday, 27...
Salvage logging could destroy habitat for vulnerable animals, expert warns
One of Australia's leading experts on landscape ecology and biodiversity has warned that salvage logging and bushfire clean-up may hinder the ability of animals and ecosystems to bounce back after the fire crisis. Professor David Lindenmayer said that bushland can still provide a habitat for animals that have survived the blaze, and trees that may be removed during salvage operations...
Scammers target drought-affected farmers in fodder rip-off
Fraudsters have been targeting vulnerable farmers on the Southern Tablelands, desperate for hay after the drought and bushfires, by taking deposits and then not delivering any fodder. Strike Force Woden has been set up by NSW Police after they received multiple reports of a person advertising cheap hay on social media and then rorting farmers once they received deposits. NSW...
Severe weather warnings issued for South Coast and surrounds
A severe weather warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for southeastern and central parts of NSW today with forecasts of "vigorous and gusty winds" of up to 120 km/h for areas above 1,900 metres. For areas below 1,900 metres, damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with gusts reaching 90 km/h are possible for the Southern Tablelands, Snowy...
From an Ebola outbreak to 9-to-5: a Humanitarian Medal recipient comes home
Could you go back to a 9-to-5 job after returning from the frontlines of an Ebola outbreak halfway across the globe? That’s the challenge that faced environment health officer Jody Clouten after working in countries like Zambia, Sierra Leone and Iraq, with organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Aspen Medical. Jody worked as a technical adviser in Zambia,...
Sixteen arrested in South Coast crime crackdown
An increased NSW Police presence on the South Coast after the fires has seen 16 people arrested, and 43 people and 18 vehicles searched as officers continue to crackdown on crime in bushfire-ravaged communities. Seven people were issued with move-on directions, 20 were issued with traffic or court infringement notices and seven were found to be in possession of illegal...
Anxious wait for winemakers to see if smoke has impacted harvest
Food & Wine
With bushfire smoke regularly choking Canberra, there are concerns the flow-on could affect this year's wine harvest from vineyards in the capital region. When vineyards and grapes are exposed to high levels of smoke, wines can be left with a smoky, burnt or ashy taste known as 'smoke taint', according to the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). Ken Helm from...
Yass Valley to move to level two water restrictions earlier than expected
Level two water restrictions will be in place across the Yass Valley from midnight on Sunday (19 January), one month after level one restrictions were introduced due to the worsening drought. Yass Dam levels are currently at 72 per cent, compelling the Council to implement extra water-saving measures sooner than anticipated. Level two water restrictions mean that watering of gardens...
NSW Ambulance denies staff were refused opportunity to volunteer for RFS
NSW Ambulance has strongly rejected reports that paramedics are being denied leave to help their local fire brigades, calling the accusations “completely false”. The Australian Paramedics Association (NSW) (APA) said that correspondence from NSW Ambulance senior managers revealed that requests to assist their local RFS brigade were declined not because shifts could not be covered, but because of the incurred costs...
Three charged over looting of fire-ravaged Batemans Bay store
Three people have been charged with looting on the South Coast after officers raided a Narooma house and found goods alleged to have been stolen during the recent bushfires. A 38-year-old man was arrested at a home in Tilba Tilba and a 31-year-old woman was arrested in Narooma and both were taken to Batemans Bay Police Station on Friday evening...
RFS water-bombing helicopter goes down near Eden
A water-bombing helicopter has ditched into a dam on the far South Coast at around 4:00 pm this afternoon (9 January). The aircraft, which was contracted to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and tasked to the Clyde Mountain fire, was ditched into the Ben Boyd Reservoir in the Ben Boyd National Park at Edrom, in the Bega Valley Shire. The...
Iconic Selwyn resort suffers extensive damage from bushfire
The Selwyn Snow Resort, a popular skiing destination for families in winter, has suffered extensive damage after the buildings were all but destroyed by bushfires. The full extent of the damage to ski lifts and snowmaking infrastructure is still unknown despite NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service accessing the area on Sunday (5 January), the resort said on their website....
Bega Valley Shire Council begins recovery efforts after bushfire devastation
Recovery efforts are underway on the South Coast with the Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) announcing a Regional Recovery Council (RRC) to help revive local communities that have been devastated by the bushfires. The RRC will bring key groups together so that the BVSC and neighbouring local government areas including the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys and Queanbeyan-Palerang Councils...
One dead and one arrested after Boxing Day assault in Queanbeyan
A man has died and another man has been arrested after an alleged assault in Queanbeyan on Boxing Day. Police found a semi-conscious 46-year-old man under the Queens Bridge at around 9:30 am Thursday morning (26 December) after responding to reports of an assault on Trinculo Place. NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the man at the scene before taking him to Queanbeyan District Hospital,...
How to lose a Prime Minister in 10 hours
As the Prime Minister prepares to return to Sydney following the death of two NSW RFS firefighters, his absence on a pre-planned holiday while bushfires ravage the country continues to cause controversy across Australia. Throughout the week, the public was given very little detail about our Prime Ministerial situation, with both the Prime Minister's and Deputy Prime Minister's offices refusing...