About Damien Larkins

Damien Larkins is a multimedia journalist with almost 20 years experience.

His first job in the media was as a paperboy, delivering the daily news by bicycle in Brisbane's hilly bayside.

From there he's worked in community and commercial radio, at WIN News Tasmania, at the ABC in Canberra, Hobart, the Gold Coast and most recently ran the national broadcaster's Longreach bureau in Outback Queensland.

He's covered bushfires, floods, droughts, protests, Royal visits, major court cases, elections and even the Logies.

Now he's returned to the capital and is ready to take on new challenges.

But his favourite stories come from the remarkable people who live in this unique and diverse region.

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NASA’s James Webb telescope puts Canberra in front row seat to find alien life
Canberra's Deep Space Tracking Station could be the first place on Earth to receive signals indicating life on other planets from NASA's new space telescope. The US$10 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will help astronomers unravel the secrets of the cosmos in unprecedented detail. The 10-year mission aims to observe the first galaxies that formed in the early universe...
Baby giraffe joins Mogo Wildlife Park family after muddy birth
Zookeepers at Mogo Wildlife Park are celebrating the birth of a baby giraffe. Matope was born in late November, bringing the zoo's herd of giraffes to 10. Australian Wildlife Parks managing director Chad Staples, aka Zookeeper Chad, says it's a pretty special moment. "He's a beautiful little boy, and he's already six-foot-tall and 80 kilos - so a very big...
‘Strollout’ named 2021 word of the year by Australian National Dictionary Centre
The term 'strollout' has been picked as Australia's 2021 word of the year, for capturing the frustrations over the slow pace of our COVID-19 vaccination rollout. The Australian National Dictionary Centre (ANDC), based at the Australian National University, chose the word from a long list of pandemic-related terms. The term is defined as "the slow implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program...
LEGO sets opening date for long-awaited Canberra store
We've been waiting for it, and at long last, the date has been set: LEGO has officially announced Saturday, 6 November, as the day its brand new Canberra store at the Canberra Centre on Bunda Street will open. The announcement came after weeks of uncertainty caused by COVID-19 lockdowns. The news was released on the LEGO Certified Stores Australia and...
Historic Kosciuszko huts to be faithfully rebuilt after Black Summer bushfire damage
Snowy Valleys locals are welcoming news that some of Kosciusko National Park's most important historic huts that were damaged in the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020 will be rebuilt. Former Member for Monaro Peter Cochrane was in a helicopter as the bushfires hit and saw the flames engulf the historic structures. "It was heartbreaking to watch them burn," he said. "There...
‘Your life’s changed’: Canberra Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt reflects on 2011 physics award
Receiving a Nobel Prize is a rare honour, and Canberran astrophysicist Professor Brian Schmidt reflects on how receiving it a decade ago changed his life. It was 8:39 pm on a cool Tuesday night in October 2011. Professor Schmidt was at home with his family. He'd picked up his two teenage boys from sport and remembers being in the kitchen,...
Canberra man killed by car while walking on road in Queanbeyan East
A Canberra man has died after being struck by a car from behind while walking in East Queanbeyan on Wednesday night. New South Wales Police say the 38-year-old was hit from behind by a Volkswagen Amarok at the intersection of Hill Lane and Kings Highway around 8 pm. The man was reported to be walking in the middle of the...
NASA plans new $81 million Canberra dish as skyrocketing space missions cause bottleneck
NASA will build a new cutting-edge deep-space antenna at Tidbinbilla as a rising number of missions puts increasing pressure on the network. Excavation, construction and testing of the new 34-metre deep-space communication dish is expected to cost around $81.3 million. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Deep Space Network Project Manager Bradford Arnold says recent upgrades to its facilities are already struggling to...
Snow falls in Crookwell and parts of the ACT, delighting locals
Snow has fallen across the north of the ACT region, much to the delight of locals on an otherwise cold and dreary day. Temperatures of around 3 to 4 degrees combined with a cold front to produce the snowfalls on 17 July. Heavy falls were reported in Crookwell and Lost River, where younger residents took the opportunity to go tobogganing....
Demand for coins and notes surges in Australia, despite COVID-19 cash shun
Demand for coins has doubled and demand for notes has tripled in Australia during the past year despite a push for cashless transactions in the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems almost every business now has signs encouraging customers to use card or electronic transfer instead of cash to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmissions. So it comes as a surprise that...
I had the AstraZeneca shot and I’d do it again
"It's freezing. Is the baby ok?" It was 2:00 am, less than 24 hours since I'd had my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. I shivered as I scrambled to pull the bed covers over me: sheet, blanket, doona, even my wife's decorative quilt. By the time she'd come back from checking the nursery, I'd kicked the covers off,...