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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Gungahlin offsets plan under wraps

John Thistleton In the countdown to the elections Canberra's peak environment group says a previous promise the ACT government made twice to protect rich and rare woodlands near the NSW border remains unfulfilled.

Gungahlin gears up for $2b home build

David Dawes.

John Thistleton The ACT government forecasts more than $2 billion worth of home building in Gungahlin's new suburbs over the next 15 years.

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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.

Sustainability award is the bee's knees for Canberra's Urban Honey

Mitchell Pearce is establishing clusters of bees throughout Canberra to help guarantee pollination.

John Thistleton An 18-year-old bee-keeper wants a hive every three kilometres to guarantee pollination throughout Canberra.

Box-shaped not good enough for Bungendore

John Thistleton Palerang Shire rejects box-shaped supermarket for being out-of-character with the village.

Crace, Bonner and Casey top nation's growth hot spots

Crace, Bonner and Casey are among the nation’s fastest-growing local housing markets.

John Thistleton Crace, Bonner and Casey are Australia's fastest-growing suburbs for new homes.

Antonio Carluccio gives truffle farmers an edge

John Thistleton Canberra's truffle festival comes of age with the arrival next month of Antonio Carluccio.

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How the spirit of rural Greece took hold in Australia

Eric Koundouris

John Thistleton Canberra businessman Eric Koundouris believes Australia would reap more rewards by embracing people from the financially troubled southern Mediterranean countries of Spain, Italy and Greece.

Manuka traders call for retail precinct upgrade to recapture village charm

NEWS:  L-R Members of the Manuka traders association Arthur Gray, Angela Nichol , President Quentin Webster and Marilyn Gray would like to see Manuka shops and laneways reinvigorate.  5th March 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

John Thistleton Manuka retailers want fellow traders to help them polish the upmarket shopping precinct.

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Canberra Airport outlines freight hub plan

John Thistleton Canberra Airport plans to use its 24-hour curfew-free status to become Sydney's freight airport.

Thieves steal beer

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John Thistleton Thieves have made off with a distinct brand of beer after breaking into the Abbey Function Centre in Nicholls.

Outdoor revolutionaries moved with times

John Thistleton Twenty-three years ago young families populated Canberra's outlying suburbs with big backyards - but didn't use them the way we do today.

Fenner student studies children's dwindling interest in the bush

PhD student Kathy Eyles planting with other Greening Australia volunteers on Barrer Hill near the National Arboretum, Canberra.

John Thistleton PhD student Kathy Eyles says children have been so restricted in the bush they no longer value nature.

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.

Majura Parkway will worsen traffic around Canberra Airport

Earthworks vehicles on the site of the Majura Parkway project.

John Thistleton More major traffic headaches will begin when Majura Parkway opens.

Aboriginal peoples resume 25,000-year friendship with dance

Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Sumner and Adrian Brown, ACT Parks and Conservation Ngunnawal Ranger.

John Thistleton The Canberra community is invited to a rare exchange of traditional dances on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.

Telstra hopeful of improved south coast services in time for Christmas holidaymakers

Telstra hopes a new 4G network on the south coast will overcome congestion problems that crippled the network last festive season.

John Thistleton Telstra hopes a new 4G network on the south coast will overcome congestion problems that crippled the network during the last Christmas break, but holidaymakers and residents remain doubtful.

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MP tries to ease fears over new planning laws

John Barilaro, MP.

John Thistleton They are prime rural retreats for Canberra tree-changers and superannuation nest eggs for farmers who fear new planning rules will devalue them.

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Priceless Yass treasure was within couple's reach

John Thistleton Rebecca Duncan says her 1861 bluestone home at Yass has a heartbeat.

Truck convoy raises $150,000 for cancer

Brothers Damian Southwell 8 and Bailey Southwell 7 from McKellar

John Thistleton More than 400 gleaming trucks and their drivers raised $150,000 in the annual Canberra Convoy for Cancer.