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 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,...