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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Utopia's grand dreams have a familiar ring

John Thistleton As the national capital Canberra was always destined to get an opportunity to shine in the ABC's satire Utopia.

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.

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.

Government urged to fund anti-venom treatment for jack jumper ant stings

Nasty sting: A jack jumper ant, Myrmecia pilosula, is found mainly in the south-eastern states of Australia.

John Thistleton Immunologist calls for federal funding into the treatment of jack jumper ant stings.

Brickworks redevelopment loses $100 million interchange

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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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Woman threatens Pearce Foodworks staff with machete

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John Thistleton A woman armed with a machete threatened a supermarket employee with a machete on Saturday, demanding cash.

Father Bill Kennedy, survivor, continues the good fight

John Thistleton An unforgiving decade hasn’t checked Father Bill Kennedy's stride.

Senator Zed Seselja's proposal to revive Tuggeranong wins support

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John Thistleton The ACT Chamber of Commerce and a planning industry group are backing ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja's call to develop Tuggeranong west of the Murrumbidgee River.

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Capital Pioneers

How the spirit of rural Greece took hold in Australia

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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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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.

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.

ACT solar scientist loses fight to rid tree

John Thistleton A former NASA scientist who experimented with solar panels and cells cannot axe a mature oak tree in his Mawson garden which he says blocks sunlight from his $10,000 solar panels.

No verifiable benefit to kangaroo cull: activists

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John Thistleton Animal activists say no evidence exists of any benefit from killing kangaroos on Canberra's public lands.

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Fresh layer of building codes adds confusion

John Thistleton Residents and community groups have warned that a 1000-page ACT government planning document introducing precinct codes covering most of Canberra could undermine existing development controls.

Capital pioneers

Gardener Antonio Ciancio digs up memories of seasons of his youth

Italian migrant, Antonio Ciancio, of Lyons.

John Thistleton Antonio Ciancio's vegie garden looks like a market plot in Italy's Catanzaro province from where he migrated in 1956.

Capital pioneers

The new Aussies pitched in

Maria Efkarpidis as a little girl, with her father Tom, now deceased. Photos contributed. For John Thistletons migrant series.

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John Thistleton They came from postwar Europe to Canberra with little or nothing, but they've made an indelible mark on the capital.

Capital pioneers

ACT built with construction skills of migrants

Hans Eberstaller **** Photo courtesy of National Archives of Australia. *** (must attribute).

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John Thistleton Migrants lived in barracks, or garages and some took a punt on landing a job in Canberra.

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.