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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Gift harp from Israel gets tangled up in bureaucracy

Resonance public art harp Manuka.


John Thistleton A sculpture representing Israel and Australia's cultural connection was offered as a centenary gift, only to be rejected.

A price to pay for 526 more parking spaces at Calvary Hospital

John Thistleton A new five-storey car park for Calvary Hospital is designed for the introduction of paid parking.

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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Split in Canberra Club board blamed for delay in merger plans

John Thistleton Canberra Club president Rick Reeks says two directors who broke ranks with the board have succeeded only in delaying for six weeks a decision on the club's future.

Police find suspect in wardrobe in Chisholm

John Thistleton A 32-year-old who hid from police in a wardrobe has been arrested after an aggravated robbery at the Coles Express service station in Charnwood on Saturday morning.

Motorists tip off police about graffiti attack

John Thistleton A 22-year-old Forrest man has been arrested and faces charges after spraying graffiti on the Acton tunnel over Parkes Way early on Sunday morning.

Canberra Club postpones decision on release of merger report

Canberra House.

John Thistleton They are mostly retired Canberra public servants, accountants and lawyers with $4 million in the bank and a stalemate.

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Enterprise up the lake with all its paddles in working order

Conservation work begins on the Paddle Steamer Enterprise

John Thistleton One of the oldest working paddle steamers in the world, Enterprise, is again showing remarkable strength against the elements.

Canberra Club split over secret merger report

Illustration: Alan Baxter

John Thistleton Two board members of Canberra's oldest licensed club have broken ranks to push for the release of a financial consultant's report.

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ACT's unique gazumping law helps home buyer to Supreme Court win

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John Thistleton The ACT Supreme Court has relied on the territory's unique anti-gazumping laws to order vendors of a unit in the New Acton development to return a deposit to a prospective buyer who opted out of the...

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New Sydney Airport no threat to freight plan, Stephen Byron says

Stephen Byron, Canberra Airport CEO.

John Thistleton Canberra Airport's managing director says second Sydney airport will not affect 24-hour freight aspirations.

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South Hill Gallery owners not afraid to ruffle some feathers

John Thistleton Hand-carved laying boxes inside the chook sheds at South Hill, an 1830s homestead near Goulburn, are shaped to avoid ruffling tail feathers.

Capital Pioneers

How the spirit of rural Greece took hold in Australia

Eric Koundouris

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.

Family project finds new ways to make use of what's old

Stuart Forsyth and his Eco- Friendly serviced apartments, Dickson.

John Thistleton A legacy of Stuart Forsyth's youth at Western Australia's Cottesloe Beach is his red, sun-ravaged face.

Paragliders shoot the breeze over Lake George

Paragliders fly in the easterly wind just after sunrise at Lake George.

John Thistleton Knee-high summer grass atop the Lake George escarpment trembles in the sea breeze at dawn.

Multicultural festival: Dancing days come amid the tears

The Sudanese community prepares for the multicultural festival. Front is Chut Chol Garang, 2 of Oxley dancing at the St Phillips Anglican Church, O'Connor.

John Thistleton Dinka communities are being ''retraumatised by unspeakable acts of violence and terror in South Sudan''.

Concern over Kingston plan

Canberra supermarket chain SuperBarn has raised concerns about a redevelopment site opposite Kingstons Green Square (pictured).

John Thistleton SupaBarn says owners of a service station in Kingston, including a developer with previous ties to Woolworths, will control a large redevelopment site opposite Green Square.

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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.

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms manager helps free range chooks keep their cool

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms manager, Graham Cowling with some of the hens at the farm in Bungendore.

John Thistleton Graham Cowling is finding ways to help thousands of fluffy chicks survive summer without air conditioning.

Truck convoy raises $150,000 for cancer

Brothers Damian Southwell 8 and Bailey Southwell 7 from McKellar

John Thistleton More than 400 gleaming trucks and their drivers raised $150,000 in the annual Canberra Convoy for Cancer.