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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Capital Pioneers

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.

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.

Stories to tell - and not sheepish about it

John Thistleton To sell fresh food at a farmers' market, you need a unique story to accompany what you produce.

Bushfire information a concern for Palerang Council

Crews work to contain fires near Bungendore in January.

John Thistleton Palerang Council could offer to pay the national broadcaster to keep residents updated with information during a bushfire emergency.

Primary producers making a point of difference

Sam Burton Taylor of Sam's Paddock Boorowa.

John Thistleton Sam Pincott's elation at having delivered his first box of eggs to a Holbrook butcher shop was short lived.

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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Woolies, Coles not welcome in Bungendore

Pete Harrison.

John Thistleton Palerang Council is working with a developer on plans for a supermarket in Bungendore, but the mayor won't let the big companies in.

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'Double whammy' bushfire season feared


John Thistleton Spring rain and vigorous grass growth followed by a dry summer could threaten Canberra with another horror bushfire season.

Skywhale puts Gunning's cows in the shade

Sky Whale appeared at the Gunning Fireworks Festival on Saturday 14 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

John Thistleton Skywhale it seems, can't satisfy people's appetite for the absurd.

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.

Last message cyclist sent was a message of love

Lachlan, Joshua, Hayden Vandenberg with their father Kane, who died in a cycling accident on Friday at Mount Stromlo.

John Thistleton The wife of a cyclist killed tragically in an accident at Stromlo Forest Park on Friday said the hardest thing was having to tell the youngest of their three sons.