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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Organic permaculture farmers at Caroola, Bungendore, dig in again foxes, fire and frost

John Thistleton  Organic farmers combating their soil's decline must deal with foxes first.

Open Gardens Australia last display in Canberra

Jackie Warburton in her cactus garden at her home in Oxley.

John Thistleton As one garden scheme dies out, others begin to sprout.

Lake George zebra sculptor carves out lychee cider venture

John Thistleton Artist Alan Aston is spreading his cider from Murrumbateman all across Australia.

Nepal earthquake: Canberra grandmother and grandson found safe

Hamish McKee and his grandmother Riitta Korpinen are reported safe in Nepal following the April 25 earthquake.

John Thistleton A Canberra grandmother and grandson visited the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu Valley just before it was reduced to rubble in the earthquake.

Tears as Our Boys Train from Canberra Railway Museum proves too real

A nurse chats to a soldier during Canberra Railway Museum's Our Boyd Train recreation.

John Thistleton Six days before the centenary of Anzacs at Gallipoli, 150 people about a steam train are brought to tears.

Bendora Arboretum in Brindabella Mountains turns up a rare South African cedar

John Turnbull of FACTT (Friends of ACT Trees) with a Clanwilliam cedar (or Clanwilliam cypress) in  Namadgi National Park.

John Thistleton Rare cedar given a second chance at historic arboretum.

TEDx Canberra volunteers cancel ideas conference


John Thistleton Job uncertainty drains TEDx volunteers optimism and energy.

Marie Kelly and Mark Butz recall Jerrabomberra Wetlands dairy history

John Thistleton Four working dairies nurtured a growing national capital with fresh milk until squeezed off their land.

Snowy River Shire cutting down Berridale's 80-year-old poplars

John Thistleton Villages losing historic poplars say: ''It is as if we are cutting down our soldiers.''

$4 million Red Hill mansion flattened for new home

An interior view of the former Arthur Circle property..

John Thistleton The 1937 art deco home in Arthur Circle will be replaced by a new two-storey residence.

Lake Burley Griffin's rabbits hop out of control

Rabbits have bred in large numbers on Lake Burley Griffin's eastern foreshore.

John Thistleton Rabbits are taking over a park and beach area along Lake Burley Griffin, immune from Commonwealth and ACT agencies.

Canberra wineries donate excess shiraz grapes to Companion House

Wine makers from Canberra's wine region, Nick Spencer, Hongsar Channaibanya, Hamish Young, Sarah Collingwood, John Collingwood, Bill Crowe and Alex McKay harvesting shiraz grapes which will be bottled and sold to support Companion House.

John Thistleton A top drop of Canberra region wine will help vulnerable people.

Gunning Bum Nuts free-range eggs capture Sydney market

The Gunning Bum Nuts logo struck a chord with consumers.

John Thistleton Fired from a chook's rear end, fresh 'bum nuts' have spread from Gunning to Canberra, Sydney and beyond.

Telopea Park School parents to fight inner south land swap

John Thistleton How the ACT Land Development Agency consults over a prime school site.

ACT cat shelters say explosion of cats out of control

Vets say cats should be contained.

John Thistleton and Clare Colley A volunteer carer and fundraiser for cats believes more should be done to desex them before broadening the ACT's cat containment across all suburbs.

CPSU industrial action set to disrupt airports over Easter

John Thistleton Community and Public Sector Union warns people to allow for travel delays over Easter because of industrial action.

Life off-grid in straw bale home at Michelago

John Thistleton A decade after moving from Canberra into an off-grid home near Michelago with two water-less toilets John Schneider and his wife Jill Dobkin are still uncovering the depths of their resilience in the...

Canberra's playful cockatoos and cheeky corellas ruffle a few feathers

John Thistleton Lots of food, fun and games for Canberra's smarty-pants cockies.

50 potential taxi drivers off road in ACT

John Thistleton A switch in training is keeping up to 50 potential taxi drivers off the road in Canberra.

Dingo is finally brought down in Kosciuszko National Park after five years' hunting

John Thistleton This dog cleverly managed to evade the traps and even cameras, until a different hunter arrived.