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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?

This day in history, September 2

John Thistleton Today in history for Tuesday, September 2

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.

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

Sotiria Liangis: From shepherd's daughter to queen of her castle

Mrs Sotiria Liangis.

John Thistleton Sotiria Liangis has spent about seven years building the O'Malley mansion and says it will stand for 300 years.

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.

Wanted: tenants to return to an oasis of capital history

Heritage-listed cottage on Cotter Road former resident Robyn Vest reflects on her childhood in the cottage.

John Thistleton Old homes with a window into Canberra's early history are being boarded up, when they could be opened to the wider community, say heritage advocates.

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.

Red alert for high risk of fires

John Thistleton Two summers of unprecedented rain and unusually cool temperatures have left a large fuel load of grass and unburnt forest areas in and around Canberra.

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Researchers confirm first 'fire tornado' during 2003 bushfires

John Thistleton Canberra researchers say they have confirmed the first case of a fire tornado from analysis of evidence collected during the January 2003 Canberra fires.

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Images of capital in 2003 offer first proof of fire tornado

John Thistleton In a helicopter over fire-ravaged Canberra in January 2003, Alan Walker and Stephen Wilkes photographed the black ruins of homes and trees below, unaware their images would create the world's first...

Qbn lags in report cards for councils


John Thistleton Local government councils around the ACT are financially sustainable in the short term, but the biggest of them, in Queanbeyan, has scored a weak assessment from the NSW Treasury.

Bad Qbn finances now good

Queanbeyan Council general manager Gary Chapman.

John Thistleton Queanbeyan Council's financial sustainability is not so weak after all. After initially accepting a NSW Treasury assessment that its finances were in a poor position, the council now says this was...

Small business says bunfight leaves retailers not so tip top

Ainslie IGA supermarket owner Manuel Xyrakis is waging a campaign against Tip Top Bakeries.

John Thistleton Small shops across Canberra say they're being bullied by a major bread supplier, with one terminating more than 40 years of dealing with the baker.

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Residents to fight against embassies

Stirling Park

John Thistleton Foreign embassies looking for new diplomatic headquarters in Australia's national capital are facing fierce opposition from Canberrans, none more strident than in Yarralumla.

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Driver say bread company not so tip top

Isobella Plains contractor Aleni Otuhouma.

John Thistleton Your daily bread is safe for now, even though the drivers delivering it overnight say they're finding it harder to earn a crust.

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Puzzling price for our petrol

John Thistleton Albury motorists are paying up to 11c less per litre for their unleaded petrol than Canberra motorists.

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Inquiry call on Coles, Woolies dominance


John Thistleton IGA supermarket operators want the ACT Auditor-General to investigate why Coles and Woolworths will soon have nearly 40 per cent of the territory's entire supermarket space in additional floor space...

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School back from brink and ready to party

The Rugby Public School will celebrate its 125th Anniversary this Saturday.

John Thistleton A village of 60 will cheer its school's 125th anniversary today after it was snatched from the brink of oblivion.