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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Australia China FTA: Canberra's wine, services sector says cheers

John Thistleton Canberra's wine producers and exporters have welcomed the free-trade agreement between Australia and China, with wine and business services out of the ACT set to boom.

Namadgi National Park wildflowers on display

John Thistleton Big displays of wildflowers are colouring the northern section of Namadgi National Park.

Last Tidbinbilla owner returns to rebuilt homestead

Phil Gilmour, the last owner of Nil Desperandum homestead at Tidbinbilla range, on a return visit.

John Thistleton Kathleen Gilmour passed on Tidbinbilla to her son, Phil, in 1978, and his memories of the destroyed homestead are vivid.

Unity Mining proposes cyanide processing at Majors Creek

Against proposal: Penny Hayman is alarmed by Unity Mining's desire to use cyanide near Majors Creek.

John Thistleton Gold miner defends cyanide processing proposal.

Painters lift war widow's spirits in Remembrance Day tribute

Widows helped: Legacy widow Dee Graham helps Kit Walker paint her house in Dunlop.

John Thistleton Legacy widow Dee Graham rewarded for a heart of gold.

Fired up Fluffy home owners threaten protests and call for levy


John Thistleton Mr Fluffy owners say the loan scheme is disgusting, bullying and will undermine Australia's residential property market.

ACT's Tour de Femme road race adds atmosphere and fun

Elite winner: Belinda Chamberlain at the start of the Tour de Femme.

John Thistleton Some 300 riders contested the Canberra Cycling Club's Tour de Femme

Record Australian cherry harvest could swamp market

John Thistleton Australia's biggest cherry crop could surpass 18,000 tonnes and cherry producers are wondering what to do with it all.

Defence and security firm XTEK expands

XTEK technician Mark Allen.

John Thistleton Homeland security specialist XTEC has opened a new headquarters and workshop in Canberra.

How Robbie Poate's parents returned to a place of painful memories and turned it into a place of healing

Janny and Hugh Poate at Sweleena, Bungendore.

John Thistleton Traumatised soldiers bring new meaning to Poates' bush retreat at Gundaroo.

Villages oppose residential development from West Belconnen to Sutton and Gundaroo

John Thistleton There goes the (bush) neighbourhood say residents worried about new housing.

Goulburn workshop keeps horsepower on track

Apprentice fitter Jeremy Hunt at the Goulburn workshop.

John Thistleton Several big locomotives honour Melbourne Cup winners and come with a pricey service bill.

Plans to double the size of Gundaroo split community

LAND MARKED:  Gundaroo  is split over rezoning proposals.

John Thistleton Developers applying to rezone farming land on the north and south sides of Gundaroo have split the village of 400 people.

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Lyn Goldsworthy is a conservationist who loves cats but makes sure birds are out of reach

Lyn Goldsworthy's cat Teagha, which is allowed in the garden on a leash to protect native birds.

John Thistleton Conservationist Lyn Goldsworthy has two cats – and each one has a leash.

Time is up for Canberra's fat, unrestrained cats

The ACT Government is weighing up whether household cats should be registered.

John Thistleton The ACT Government is weighing up whether household cats should be registered.

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Japan and China are keen to see high-speed rail on east coast

John Thistleton A high-speed service on Australia's east coast may be off the political agenda, but our Japanese and Chinese trading partners can see the benefits.

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Cod deaths: Yerrabi Pond tests return negative

John Thistleton No clue yet on mystery fish deaths.

Greens put faith in coalition deal to hold line on woodland protection

Greens MLA  Shane Rattenbury.

John Thistleton ACT government no longer has Commonwealth oversight for environmental approvals.

Ebb and flow stirs up Canberra lakes debate

Some experts support a fish ladder proposal for Scrivener Dam.

John Thistleton Professor Ross Thompson has pointed out that work is under way to improve the region's lakes.

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Farmer rejects wind turbines - and $30,000 carrot

John Thistleton Farmer rejected $30,000 a year for hosting three wind turbines.