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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Lake Burley Griffin a national rarity

John Thistleton What makes Canberra's main lake a standout?

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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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.

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.

Feral cats cause problems in Canberra

They're everywhere: Feral cats living in the drains that run parallel to Callam Street in the Woden Town Centre.

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

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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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.

Locals fear impact on street scape of larger Manuka

A residents group says Manuka Oval's expansion threatens to dislodge community groups in the precinct and compromise heritage values.

John Thistleton A residents group says the expansion of Manuka Oval threatens to dislodge community groups in the precinct.

First lesson at Telopea Park is getting to school safely

Traffic mayhem during school drop off times on New South Wales Crescent in Barton for Telopea Park school.

John Thistleton This is the school where no parking officer dares go, where bus zones and pedestrian crossings become drop-off zones for parents delivering and collecting their children.

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ACT schools, parents say ignorance causes traffic chaos

John Thistleton Ignorant drivers, poor planning and public transport are making children's journeys to and from school more dangerous.

Centenary riders hit bicentennial trail

Kayla Defranceschi, 16 of Hall with her horse Grace.

John Thistleton From all parts of the ACT, 110 horses and their riders marked Canberra's centenary on Sunday.

Duplex crackdown after controversial demolition

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Foster carer Larissa Woonton of Yarralumla is concerned they're not covered by insurance or workplace safety laws.

John Thistleton and Stephanie Anderson Duplex demolitions will now need approval from the ACT Government following the controversial flattening of a Yarralumla duplex which forced neighbours out of their home following little more than a...

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Smelly lakes: Water scientist says wetlands are the answer

eWater Honorary Fellow of Water and Environment, Ian Lawrence at the sight of the healthy O'Connor wetlands.

John Thistleton Water scientist says network of concrete channels carrying stormwater to the city's lakes are a planning tragedy.