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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One school to open every year in the ACT as government provides education budget boost
An average of one new school will open in the ACT every year until at least the middle of the decade as the government plans to keep up with growing population demand, especially in the Territory's northern suburbs. The proliferation of public schools due to population growth in developing and new suburbs is more than four times the usual amount,...
Master degree scholarships will improve teachers’ book smarts
Teachers in the ACT will be eligible for a scholarship to complete a Master of Teacher Librarianship, with the ACT Government offering 10 places a year for the next four years. The $880,000 initiative in next week's ACT Budget will help teachers become teacher librarians and better support students, Education Minister Yvette Berry said.  “Teachers are the single most important...
ACT ends travel ban as Sydney records 12th day with no local COVID-19 transmissions
The final restrictions on travelling to Sydney or coming to Canberra from the Habour City will end at 3:00 pm today after NSW recorded its 12th consecutive day with no local transmission of COVID-19 yesterday (28 January). The Cumberland local government area was the only location in Sydney that Canberrans could not visit without needing to quarantine upon returning to...
Territory’s tinnies voted best in Australia
BentSpoke Brewing has taken out the top spot on the GABS Hottest 100 list of Australian craft beers with its crowd favourite Crankshaft American IPA, and rounded off the top 10 with Barley Griffin pale ale. In total, the Canberra brewery managed to get four of its beers in the top 20 and five in the countdown. BentSpoke co-founder and...
ACT Health works towards vaccine rollout after Pfizer jab gets provisional approval
Vaccine rollouts will begin in a month after the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was provisionally approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) yesterday (25 January). The rollout - originally scheduled to begin in mid-February before being pushed back until the end of the month - will first be administered to frontline workers, aged care staff and residents, and quarantine and...
Problem-plagued Gungahlin Pool remains shut as heatwave looms
Gungahlin residents will be forced to swelter through Canberra's heatwave over the weekend and into next week without any relief from the local pool, which remains shut due to tiling problems. With temperatures set to hit the high 30s over the weekend and crack the 40s by Monday, Yerrabi MLA Leanne Castley has again attacked the government for dragging its...
Authorities to meet Brisbane arrivals at airport, Canberra repatriation flight pushed back
All passengers on five flights arriving at Canberra Airport from Brisbane this evening will be met by ACT Health or ACT Policing and directed to quarantine, while unauthorised travellers arriving from 3:00 pm tomorrow will be denied entry to the ACT altogether. Despite the new restrictions coming into effect at 3:00 pm today (8 January), no one arriving by plane...
Police set up COVID-19 checkpoint on the Barton Highway
ACT Policing has set up a COVID-19 checkpoint on the Barton Highway at Hall as it ramps up compliance operations to enforce the new public health direction blocking people from coronavirus hotspots entering the Territory. There were lines around 40 cars deep at 11:30 am this morning (7 January) as officers checked where travellers were coming from and if they...
Cavoodles are 2020’s top dogs, but what was the most pup-ular name?
If you have a Cavoodle named Luna, congratulations - you have officially topped both of the ACT's puppy popularity lists for 2020! Cavoodles were the most popular pup during a year marred by a pandemic, followed by Kelpies and Border Collies, as Canberrans turned towards man's best friend during lockdowns. Charlie and Lucy were the next most popular names. The...
Police begin RBT-style quarantine checks for COVID-compliance
ACT Policing will be targeting vehicles with NSW licence plates around national institutions in Parkes and Barton as officers conduct RBT-style operations for COVID-19 compliance. People who have been in the Greater Sydney region, including the Central Coast and Wollongong, have been banned from entering the ACT and despite some border checkpoints, police acknowledge it would not be possible to...
Explainer: what the ACT’s new COVID-19 restrictions mean for you
The public health direction imposing restrictions on entering the ACT for non-residents and those who have visited COVID-19 hotspots in NSW has been extended for at least another week. Chief Health Officer Dy Kerryn Coleman said the restrictions would remain in place while community transmission and the potential seeding of the virus outside hotspot areas remained a concern. A person...
Fewer weddings in 2020 countered with creativity
Through restrictions and lockdowns, more than 2,000 Canberrans still managed to tie the knot with 1,155 marriages being registered in the ACT this year. This compares to 1,463 in 2019. ACT Marriage Celebrant Roger Buckley officiated more than 40 weddings in 2020 when he normally does between 25 and 30 a year. “Regardless of wedding size, couples are after a...
The fireworks are cancelled, but there’s still a lot you can do on NYE
Canberra's iconic New Year's Eve fireworks have been cancelled for the second year in a row because of disasters, but this year Canberrans will be able to welcome in the new year across three nights in the city. New Year’s Eve across the City will create a celebratory atmosphere at a number of popular locations for three nights between 29...
Christmas on the coast saved after Shoalhaven removed from ACT blacklist
Canberrans can still travel to the South Coast for Christmas without needing to quarantine when returning home after the Shoalhaven was removed from a list of NSW government areas subject to the new COVID-19 restrictions. From midnight last night, people who have visited the Greater Sydney area, including the NSW Central Coast and Illawarra, will have to quarantine for 14...
ACT quarantine requirements updated after several people return from Sydney’s Northern Beaches
People returning to Canberra who have visited Sydney's Northern Beaches since 11 December must get tested and immediately self-isolate for 14-days, under a new ACT Health direction issued this afternoon. The health direction, which became effective as of midday today (18 December), legally requires people who have visited the Sydney hotspot to isolate even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms...
A thriving grassy woodland: have your say on the new Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary strategy
The ACT Government has released its strategy for the new Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary for the next 25 years - embedded with iconic, endangered species and overseen by Indigenous land management practices - and has encouraged Canberrans to have their say on the proposals. Community consultation is open until February 2021. The Sanctuary has reintroduced the Eastern Bettong, the Eastern Quoll...