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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.

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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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 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

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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.

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

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.

Capital pioneers

Barber Fillippo Aricidiacono, 75, faces his final cut

Phillip Aricidiacono the barber is retiring at age 75 after a life time career of cutting hair.

John Thistleton Filippo Aricidiacono was 11 when he shaved his first customer and 15 when he finished his apprenticeship.

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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.

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.

NCA chief Malcolm Snow aims to make most of Lake Burley Griffin

Malcolm Snow.

John Thistleton The National Capital Authority's new chief executive says Lake Burley Griffin is underused around the edges and on the water's surface.

Award-winning urban planner Malcolm Snow to head National Capital Authority

Malcolm Snow.

John Thistleton An urban planner will head the National Capital Authority in Canberra.

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New ASIO headquarters remain empty

The ASIO building on Parkes Way.

John Thistleton Six months after former prime minister Kevin Rudd opened ASIO's new headquarters, the intelligence agency is yet to occupy the $700 million Parkes building.

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Food tops Canberra's Christmas spending lists

Eidelweiss deli owner, Dusanka Simic at the deli in Woden.

John Thistleton Extra Christmas spending in Canberra is tipped to average $1437 per person this year.

Sushi competition heats up in the suburbs

News. A sushi bar called

John Thistleton Four partners operating Mr Sushi outlets in Canberra say they chose Cooleman Court because there were no other sushi stores there.

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Trail leaders needed for centenary ride

Members of the ACT Equestrian Association preparing for centenary trail ride in November.

John Thistleton Once the cry rang out in the hills for crack riders with no regard for life or limb to round up brumbies.

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.

Woden town centre set for high-rise, high-tech parking overhaul

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John Thistleton A new multi-level parking structure proposed for Woden Town Centre workers will feature licence-plate recognition to streamline peak-hour traffic.

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