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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Magpie attacks to soar due to facemasks in ‘swooping capital’ Canberra
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Facemasks could see magpies swoop more Canberrans than ever before this spring breeding season, an expert warns. While facemasks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, an unintended side-effect is they may provoke more magpies to swoop you. The iconic birds recognise people by their facial features and if our faces are obscured, they can't tell friend from foe. Griffith University...
Proud Ken Behrens: Canberrans embrace the lighter side of COVID lockdowns
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"Ken Behrens" may have started as a mistranslation, but it's fast become a shining example of Canberra's indomitable spirit and humour as lockdowns wear on. The ACT has been in lockdown since Thursday (August 12) after a local COVID-19 case was identified. "I want to thank all Canberrans for doing the right thing," ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said in...
Canberra local craft brewers’ top drops for International Beer Day
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You've probably seen an abundance of Canberra beers pop up at your local supermarket or bottle shop - but have you experienced the range on offer? There's no better time to try than today - 6 August - International Beer Day. READ ALSO: Territory’s tinnies voted best in Australia The day started in a California bar in 2007, but like...
Echidna sex-trains point to firm population numbers in Gungahlin sanctuary
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https://youtu.be/6VLWVHRDlqQ It's mating season and the echidnas at Mulligans Flat are ready to mingle. Video: WWT/ Millie Sutherland Saines. Echidna mating season has begun, with trains of the spiky marsupials vying for the attention of females and the chance to procreate at a sanctuary in Canberra's north. This time of year, the normally reclusive native short-beaked echidnas are literally lining...
Poorly-drawn pet portraits a huge drawcard for RSPCA ACT charity drive
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Hilarious and unique, hand-drawn artistic interpretations of beloved household pets have raised almost $5000 in the RSPCA ACT's Poorly Drawn Pets project. Crudely coloured cat caricatures, peculiarly pencil-sketched puppies, rudimentary rabbits in repose - there's a range of drawing styles from classical to cartoon and the somewhat more surreal. The project offers pet-owners the unusual drawings of their furry, feathered...
ACT Policing receives up to 40 complaints a week about COVID non-compliance
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ACT Policing is investigating up to 40 complaints a week from the public about people they suspect are not complying with COVID-19 restrictions. Over the past few weeks, Canberrans have contacted police with suspected cases of others not quarantining after visiting hotspots, failing to wear masks and not using the Check In CBR app. Detective Acting Superintendent Callum Hughes from...
Snow falls across northern ACT region, delighting locals
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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....
Mask mandate sees local makers inundated amid fears Canberra’s homeless will miss out
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The ACT's COVID-19 mask mandate has seen a run on locally made face masks, but homeless advocates are concerned at-risk Canberrans could fall through the cracks. Many Canberrans were caught out when ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced on Sunday, 27 June, that masks would become mandatory just hours later, from midnight on 28 June. Mask-makers across the ACT region...
Illegal, unsafe dumping at Gungahlin recycling centre shocks locals
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Locals have been left dismayed by an illegally and unsafely dumped mess at the Gungahlin Recycling Drop-off Centre at the long weekend. Discarded boxes were spilling from the cardboard collection cage, inside which inappropriate materials had been dumped such as polystyrene packaging, rubber sandals, plastic toys and even a sink. Gungahlin local Stephen Gray came across the mess while he...
Gungahlin has grown up despite still being seen as the new kid in town
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While still seen as a new part of Canberra, Gungahlin has grown up into a thriving suburban centre. However, it's still struggling to get its dues. Hayden Shaw, 26, has lived his whole life in Gungahlin. "It's a convenient place to live," he says. "Living and working in Gungahlin. I haven't seen any reason to move outside the area." The...
Are digital memorials the high-tech future for ACT cemeteries?
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Multimedia digital memorials could be coming to cemeteries in the ACT, but what are they and how would they work? As technology evolves, its applications are becoming more widespread and are now becoming a growing part of the funeral industry. Digital memorials allow mourners to leave images, videos and messages of their lost loved ones in an online virtual guestbook....
I had the AstraZeneca shot and I’d do it again
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"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,...
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