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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From the Murray River to political currents: James Milligan’s journey to becoming an MLA
It's a fair bet James Milligan is the first professional water ski instructor to end up in the ACT Legislative Assembly. But for the Gungahlin-based MLA, it's all about community and being involved where you live. As a child growing up along the Murray River, he played golf, cricket and anything he could get his hands and feet into. He's...
Suzanne Orr: how a Facebook boss and Tony Abbott made a Gungahlin MLA
Suzanne Orr may be as Canberran as they come, jumping from hospitality and tourism to the public sector and local government. The Yerrabi MLA wears her Canberra origins on her sleeve as she talks passionately about her local area and how her three decades in Giralang shaped the way she approaches her job. But it was American business powerhouse, Facebook...
Facelift for ‘natureless’ Mabo Boulevard median strip following Bonner community feedback
The Mabo Boulevard median strip in Bonner is due for a facelift after residents said they wanted new trees, boulders and gaps in the foliage to act as unofficial pedestrian refuges. Yerrabi MLA Suzanne Orr released her survey results for the rundown median strip after she received more than 300 responses from local residents. "The median has remained as a natureless...
More than $15,000 of free, fresh produce delivered to large families in need
The Canberra community has again shown its calibre when it comes to helping neighbours in need, with businesses and local leaders banding together to supply $15,000 of fresh produce and meat to large multicultural families in quarantine. Deputy Opposition Leader Giulia Jones put in the call to Andrew Dale from the G-Spot in Gungahlin, asking for help and support. Not...
High pollen season is nothing to sneeze at in Australia’s ‘allergy capital’
Australia's "allergy capital" is about to get sneezier, with heightened pollen counts recorded in the lead up to what looks set to be a very congested spring. Canberra has already had two extreme pollen events on 12 and 16 August and, while elevated levels are not uncommon at this time of year, extreme events are unusual. It's bad news for...
Further $300,000 for Gungahlin Pool repairs with no end date in sight
The ACT Government has allocated a further $300,000 for repairs at the Gungahlin Pool after construction delays due to Sydney's extended lockdown pushed the pool's completion date into 2022. The new $1,103,300 contract to replace the pool's tiling and membrane has been awarded to Metz Project Services. The company's headquarters are in Sydney. Just over $720,000 of the contract will come...
UPDATED: ACT cluster grows to four
UPDATED 5:10 pm: The ACT cluster has grown to four after three more people returned positive tests following the announcement of the ACT's first case in over a year this morning (12 August). The new cases were among the man's initial nine close contacts. The remaining six have tested negative, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman confirmed. It is still...
Australia prepares to fill out the first pandemic census
Census night is tonight (10 August). This year's survey is expected to throw up some interesting data considering it is the first time a census in Australia will be conducted in the middle of a pandemic. The census takes a snapshot of Australia every five years, and while households are still required to fill out the survey even if they...
New near-miss footage released as commuters told to review tram safety
Transport Canberra has released new footage of light-rail near-misses as it calls for ACT's commuters to pay attention during Rail Safety Week (9-15 August). Around three Australians die every week across Australia's rail network. While light rail accidents are rare in Canberra, there are near-misses with a car or pedestrian every three to four days, four in five of which require the...
Booking system overwhelmed by young people wanting the Pfizer jab
More than 11,500 Canberrans between the ages of 30 and 39 booked in for their Pfizer shot on the first day the ACT Government opened appointments, more than doubling the previous daily record before lunch. Canberrans in the age group were able to register their interest in getting the Pfizer jab at a government-run mass vaccination clinic from 21 July,...
Fake check-in QR codes emerge in Canberra
Stickers with QR codes that link users to non-COVID-related websites have been placed over some legitimate QR code check-ins in the ACT. Region Media has seen some of the QR codes placed on Check In CBR but has chosen not to release information about their location or the website they link to. In previous months, the practice has been identified...
Snow worries, Canberra braces for another white weekend
Snow is expected to again fall on the Brindabellas and the ranges on Friday (23 July) and over the weekend, with a very high chance of showers and morning frost as well. The forecast follows snow falling in the Brindabellas yesterday afternoon (20 July). Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Stephen Stafanac said a combined total of between 18 mm and 35 mm...
Gungahlin Pool repair completion pushed into 2022
Delays to the repair work on the 50-metre pool at the Gungahlin Leisure Centre means construction will not be finished by the end of the year as previously hoped, the ACT Government has confirmed. The works require installing a new “pool tiling system” that includes a waterproofing membrane and grout repairs. The pool's tiles have been removed and the pool...
ACT Health assures data accuracy after Check In CBR glitch, Victoria locks down again
Canberrans have been assured that the back end data gathered by the Check In CBR data is accurate after some people reported seeing incorrect check-in information on their devices. One user said their phone would display the previous place they checked in when scanning a new QR code. Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said she had heard reports of the issue....
Canberra warned to brace for thunderstorms, chance of hail
Canberrans are in for a wet start to the weekend, with thunderstorms expected this morning and into the afternoon, and the chance of hail. A severe weather warning for damaging winds has also been issued today (16 July) for parts of the Southern Tablelands north-east and east of Canberra, including Goulburn and Braidwood. According to the warning issued by the...
ACT woman one of seven new blood clots likely linked to AstraZeneca vaccine
A 66-year-old woman from the ACT is one of seven newly reported cases of blood clots and low blood platelets likely linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Four cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) - a rare event involving serious blood clots with a low blood platelet count - have been confirmed between 9 July...