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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.

Look out Sydney, country cousins cuddling up to Canberra

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John Thistleton Sydney's antipathy towards Canberra is on a slippery slope say Yass and Palerang councils.

Supabarn's bread price slice undercuts Woolworths in battle for business

Supabarn has bought into the battle for bread buyers.

John Thistleton Woolworths' cheap loaf of bread has prompted a bigger discount from Supabarn.

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Residents warned to build up or lose out on open space in Canberra

Debate continues over the development prospects in Woden.

John Thistleton Woden is languishing and Belconnen is growing because of high-density developments, a Canberra architect says.

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Artist Chris Wilson's quick drawing of caricatures aims at record at Canberra

John Thistleton The flying fingers of Chris Wilson attempt a Guinness World record at Canberra Hospital.

Battles over trees taken to appeals tribunal

Trees are dividing more than footpaths and water pipes in Canberra.

John Thistleton Trees are dividing more than footpaths and water pipes in Canberra, judging by two cases before the appeals tribunal, which has been called on to resolve differences between unit owners over whether...

Sheltering children from the great outdoors sending the wrong signal

John Thistleton Restricting children from going outdoors can cause more problems than it solves, researchers say.

Police chase, catch boy in stolen car

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John Thistleton Police chased a 16 year-old boy driving a stolen car through Kingston, Barton and Russell before catching and arresting him early on Sunday morning.

South Coast farmer Rob McIntosh crosses to Coles' side in milk shake-up

Dairy farmer Rob McIntosh at Woodside Park.

John Thistleton It hurts dairy farmer Rob McIntosh to pay more in a supermarket for a bottle of water than a bottle of milk.

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YMCA's Kingston op shop is being forced to close its doors

Joyce Ovington, who has run the Kingston op shop for more than 30 years.

John Thistleton Her Yorkshire accent tinged with pride and sadness, Joyce Ovington marvels at what a money-spinner the YMCA's op shop in Kingston has been.

Three men hurt in house fire at Macquarie

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John Thistleton Three men in their 20s escaped just in time when a heater started a fire in Macquarie on Sunday morning.

Queanbeyan Council retreats on rates debacle

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John Thistleton Queanbeyan councillors are trying to stem the backlash over backdated rates.

Yarralumla petition says dump brickworks plan

YRA president Marea Fatseas says the government has set aside a token $1.5 million for making the brickworks safe, yet a back-of-the envelope estimate indicated it would reap $160 million from land sales.

John Thistleton Yarralumla Residents Association will present a petition next week calling on the ACT Government to withdrawl contentious plans for redeveloping the land around Canberra Bickworks.

End of an era as Kingston YMCA op shop faces closure for supermarket development

The YMCA op shop.

John Thistleton Op shop to close after 47 years at Kingston.

Apnoea: The dream of a good night's sleep

John Thistleton David Noble had no trouble nodding off to sleep, the problem was sometimes he was driving his car.

Fishing for facts about rivers' unwelcome intruders

Senior fisheries technician Prue McGuffie of NSW Department of Primary Industries uses a specialised fishing boat on the Upper Murrumbidgee River outfitted with electro-fishing apparatus in an attempt to tackle the threat of Carp on the endangered native fish species.

John Thistleton Along the bottom of the beautiful Murrumbidgee gorge south of Canberra science is turning up the heat on huge carp.