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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Feral cats cause problems in Canberra

John Thistleton These cats could well be the biggest population of strays in Canberra.

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.

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.

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.

One sourpuss can close a club, says Harmonie chief

Harmonie Club.

John Thistleton It only takes one sourpuss to close a licensed club these days, says Harmonie German Club president Hans Stoehr.

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Warm weather impacts on bee activity

 Neil Bingley and his son Brett Bingley of Weerona Apiaries near Queanbeyan attend to their bee hives.

John Thistleton Instead of slowing down and clustering for winter Neil Bingley's bees are active in above-average temperatures and twice as hungry.

Gary Humphries given police protection from David Eastman in 1995

ACT Attorney-General Gary Humphries in 1996.

John Thistleton Gary Humphries was given police protection from David Eastman when he was attorney-general.

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

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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.

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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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.

Motorists tip off police about graffiti attack

John Thistleton A 22-year-old Forrest man has been arrested and faces charges after spraying graffiti on the Acton tunnel over Parkes Way early on Sunday morning.

Canberra Club split over secret merger report

Illustration: Alan Baxter

John Thistleton Two board members of Canberra's oldest licensed club have broken ranks to push for the release of a financial consultant's report.

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Gift harp from Israel gets tangled up in bureaucracy

Resonance public art harp Manuka.

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John Thistleton A sculpture representing Israel and Australia's cultural connection was offered as a centenary gift, only to be rejected.

Canberran paraglider is high as a kite and going the record distance

John Thistleton Winched into the air, Canberra public servant Kari Roberson was not expecting a close brush with disaster before breaking an Australian women's record for paragliding.

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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Murrumbateman housing surge

John Thistleton A new 100-home subdivision at Murrumbateman will provide 60 per cent more housing for the village and critical mass for new services.

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.

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.

New six-storey allowance to revitalise Kingston

John Thistleton New planning laws recommended for Kingston would allow six storeys of residential units, offices and shops.

Commonwealth Club courts members of ailing Canberra Club

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John Thistleton Members of the asset-rich but troubled Canberra Club will be introduced to the Commonwealth Club on Friday, and those considering joining may one day rub shoulders with former Prime Minister Kevin...