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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

West Belconnen damned or just delightful

John Thistleton Neglected, savaged or blessed, West Belconnen is coming under more scrutiny as other suburbs prepare for light rail, new schools and expansion.

Belconnen traffic congestion dangerous for fire trucks

22 July 2012. News.  Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan.  ACT Fire Brigade members at an incident at the Kingston Newsagency and Book Centre

John Thistleton The sooner Belconnen fire station is moved out of the town centre the better because of traffic congestion, the union representing 350 fire fighters in the ACT says.

Police investigate Belconnen aggravated robbery

John Thistleton Three men threatened a young Belconnen couple and made off with their wallets on Saturday night.

Belconnen footpath closed over fears of collapse

Eastern Valley Way, Belconnen.

John Thistleton ACT WorkSafe has closed a lane and footpath on Eastern Valley Way over fears of collapse.

Belconnen bus crash survivor recalls angel of mercy

Bus accident 23.08.1982 at intersection of Eastern Valley Way and College street, Belconnen.

John Thistleton Thirty years after he was thrown through an ACTION bus window, Peter Donnellan has scant memory of a mystery woman who helped him through his ordeal.

Project's $85 million grant drop in ocean for ACT water


John Thistleton An $85 million grant to clean ACT waterways, the biggest of its kind in Australia, won't fix Canberra's quality issues, but could change the way Australians treat stormwater.

Off-grid home at Gundaroo assembled in hours

Lesley Livingstone watches as her house is assembled at Gundaroo.

John Thistleton Manufactured in 14 weeks, modular homes are an efficient way of building new homes.

Braddon locals call for supermarket in new developments

Graffiti saying 'IGA HERE PLEASE! ' on the outside of the under-construction Habitat building on Mort St, Braddon.
Filed: Sunday, 23 March 2014 2:07:11 pm 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times


John Thistleton Justin Ryan wants nothing more than to walk down to a small supermarket in Braddon and buy an onion.

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Remote-controlled helicopter is Forestry's newest recruit

Lawson Bopping, 24, of Braidwood, takes control of a unmanned aerial vehicle under the guidance of a Yamaha aerial unit training team.

John Thistleton Parked in a lush green paddock near Braidwood, this remote-controlled helicopter will soon launch into a new phase of forestry management.

Angry wind farmer challenges Joe Hockey to bull fight

George the Bungendore bull

John Thistleton A farmer hosting wind turbines which Joe Hockey says are offensive challenges him to a bull fight.

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New homes close in on Murrumbidgee and Ginninderra gorges

Anna Hyles at Ginninderra Falls.

John Thistleton Residential development is nearing the spectacular Murrumbidgee and Ginninderra gorges, where people want to protect their exceptional natural beauty.

Father Bill Kennedy, survivor, continues the good fight

John Thistleton An unforgiving decade hasn’t checked Father Bill Kennedy's stride.

Snowy Mountains Gaden Hatchery harvesting trout eggs

Mark Duffy of the Gaden Hatchery in Jindabyne holds onto one of the male Atlantic salmon used as breeding stock.

John Thistleton Gaden trout hatchery is harvesting eggs to sustain a $100m industry in the Snowy Mountains.

Government accused of failing to ensure developers compensate for habitat loss

Development work at West Macgregor.

John Thistleton Conservationists describe new developments in the ACT as death by a thousand cuts for wildlife.

Indie Rose Taurima loses fight with leukaemia


John Thistleton Olympian's daughter Indie Rose succumbs to illness.

University of Canberra public hospital attracts private operators

Vice-chancellor professor Stephen Parker said,

John Thistleton New public hospital at University of Canberra sparks widespread interest from private health providers.

Brickworks redevelopment loses $100 million interchange

Adelaide Avenue

John Thistleton A $100 million interchange on Adelaide Avenue to handle traffic from Molonglo, Weston Creek and Belconnen has been dropped.

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Brumbies' new headquarters to look after every detail

Brumbies CEO Doug Edwards inside his new office at the building.

John Thistleton The ACT Brumbies' new headquarters opens on May 23 full of what Ben Alexander describes as one per centers - individual features designed to lift performance.

Multicultural festival: Dancing days come amid the tears

The Sudanese community prepares for the multicultural festival. Front is Chut Chol Garang, 2 of Oxley dancing at the St Phillips Anglican Church, O'Connor.

John Thistleton Dinka communities are being ''retraumatised by unspeakable acts of violence and terror in South Sudan''.

Capital Pioneers

The copycat kid Jeff Konstantinou whose family built an empire from shoes

Property developer, Jeff Konstantinou, in his office in Mitchell.

John Thistleton Property developer Jeff Konstantinou says his ''university of life'' education began in his father's shoe repair shop in Canberra in 1963.