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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Mask mandate revoked, Barr canvasses workplace rollout for public service, defence, unis
The ACT's mask mandate will end at 11:59 pm on Friday (9 July), despite the NSW lockdown being extended by a week until 16 July. Those subject to stay at home orders are able to leave after 14 days since the last time they were in the Greater Sydney region. Less than 50 people are quarantining in the ACT after...
(Below) freezing week ahead as Canberra enveloped by cold front
A cold snap is enveloping Canberra, bringing temperatures down to -3.1 degrees overnight and causing fog to blanket the city. But for freezing Canberrans, this morning may have felt even colder, with the wind chill factor making it two to three degrees colder than it was - or up to four degrees colder in the ranges. It finally cracked a...
Mask mandate to stay in place for at least another week, additional Pfizer stock flagged
The ACT's mask mandate will remain in place for at least another week while health authorities continue to closely monitor the situation in NSW, Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed after today's (2 July) National Cabinet meeting. Sydney will remain in lockdown until midnight next Friday (9 July), with some media reporting NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant advised her...
Check In CBR requirements to expand, mask mandate to be reviewed this weekend
The ACT's Check In CBR app will be expanded to include all retail stores, such as supermarkets and petrol stations, public transport and ride shares, as concern grows over the transmissibility of the new Delta variant. The app was previously only compulsory for certain businesses, mainly in the hospitality industry, but this will change from midday on 15 July. Despite...
Face masks to become mandatory in the ACT from midnight
Face masks will become mandatory for people over the age of 12 when out in the ACT community from midnight tonight (27 June) due to the escalating COVID-19 outbreak in NSW. A mask is mandatory if you are in an indoor area - including public transport - with people you do not usually live or work with. Areas include supermarkets,...
Top 100 benefitting businesses from ChooseCBR voucher scheme released
A list of the top 100 businesses that benefitted from the ChooseCBR voucher scheme has been released by the ACT Government, but the list has raised some questions about how businesses could claim such a large number of vouchers in the 25-hours the scheme ran. Food retailers were the greatest beneficiaries. Almost 40 per cent of the vouchers were claimed...
Mobile detection cameras imminent for ACT as new law passes
Mobile phone detection cameras will be rolled out at the start of next year after new laws passed the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday (22 June). Canberrans have been warned that if they use their phone while driving they will be caught, with Transport Minister Chris Steel reiterating just how dangerous being distracted while driving can be. "Research shows that...
Canberrans encouraged to reduce going out as Sydney cluster grows
The ACT is considering further restrictions on travel and movement as the COVID-19 Sydney cluster continues to grow. Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has urged people who have recently returned from the Greater Sydney region and arrived in the Territory before the stay-at-home orders came into effect to minimise their movements. Canberrans are also advised to reduce the number of events...
E-scooters could be on their way to Gungahlin and Mitchell soon
Canberra's now-(in)famous e-scooters are a step closer to being available in Gungahlin and Mitchell after the government passed a motion to enhance the scheme. Yerrabi MLA Michael Pettersson said the amplification of the scheme could include greater geographical coverage, more scooters and parking areas and better connections to public transport. "We already know that the scheme has proved to be...
Vaccine delivery for under 39-year-olds pushed back as ACT fights for Pfizer jabs
The ACT is continuing negotiations with the Commonwealth for extra Pfizer stocks following yesterday's change in the vaccine rollout, with new advice recommending people between 50 and 59 now preference the Pfizer jab. The revised rollout means people between 30 and 39 will have their eligibility pushed back, but it would not be by "months and months", Chief Health Officer...
What do you think about a four-day workweek? This Committee wants to know
After being stood down from her job in 2020 due to the pandemic, Hannah had the chance to re-evaluate her work-life balance after almost a decade in full-time work. Nine-to-five is rarely in a journalists' repertoire, but after working weekends and evenings, Hannah decided she would reduce her hours to a four-day workweek when she found a new job. Now,...
Licence discounts for P-platers with clean driving records
P-plate drivers will get a 50 per cent discount on their licence fee when they progress to the second stage of their licence if they do not get any demerit points, traffic infringement or penalties. The $41 saving aims to reduce road crashes, where provisional drivers are over-represented. They account for 10 per cent of crashes despite making up 5 per cent...
Electricity concessions rise to combat latest spike in power prices
Around 31,000 Canberra households will receive an increase in the annual utilities concession from the ACT Government to offset electricity price hikes. The utilities concession will permanently increase to $750, up from $700, and a further $50 concession will be applied for 2021-22, taking the total payment to $800. The concession increase will set the budget back $6.3 million over...
Vulnerable Canberrans left out in the cold when legal funding ends
Judith exhausted her savings sleeping in motels and her car to escape abusive neighbours at her Housing ACT complex and couldn't access crisis or low income accommodation. Kate was facing eviction from community housing after losing her job and caring for two young children including a son with complex behavioural and mental health needs. Monica was fleeing domestic violence and...
ACT expands vaccine rollout to cover 40 to 49-year-olds
Canberrans between 40 and 49 can now book in to get the Pfizer jab from the Garran vaccination clinic as the ACT Government expands the vaccine's rollout. More than 60,000 Canberrans have now become eligible to get the jab under the new phase. Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith encouraged Canberrans to get their vaccination as soon as possible but acknowledged that...
Dobinsons new bakery already on a roll in Gungahlin
Four months after it closed its city bakery, Dobinsons has opened a new shopfront on Hibberson Street in the Marketplace Gungahlin. It's already proved popular with locals, with morning crowds three deep gathered outside the bakery in its first week. Damian from Gungahlin has been a long time fan of the bakery. He said he was excited that it was...