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Fears foreign giants buying up level playing fields

John Thistleton A premier grain district where flowering canola rises up to a man's shoulder, Stockinbingal west of Canberra is becoming the land of the giants.

Parishioners angered by school sale

Marian College has been added to disused Catholic property on the market in Goulburn.

John Thistleton A former girls' college in Goulburn is on the market, which has angered parishioners.

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Blinded soldier sings tribute after 360km walk

Private Liam Haven with guide dog Owen walks down ANZAC Parade to complete his trek at the AWM.

John Thistleton As victory laps go, this one could hardly be more triumphant.

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.

Power games: why incentives won't sway these wind farm opponents

Mark Glover.

John Thistleton Offers of rooftop solar panels and solar hot water heating will not sway neighbours of a proposed $700 million wind farm west of Yass.

Retailers targeted over illegal yabby traps to curb wildlife toll

Two platypus drowned after becoming stuck in an Opera House trap.

John Thistleton RiverSmart has convinced tackle shops in Canberra and Queanbeyan to display posters warning of the illegal and deadly harvest of Opera-house-style yabby traps.

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Skywhale puts Gunning's cows in the shade

Sky Whale appeared at the Gunning Fireworks Festival on Saturday 14 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

John Thistleton Skywhale it seems, can't satisfy people's appetite for the absurd.

Health firm sends 2000 doctors to outback

Health firm sends 2000 doctors to outback.

John Thistleton A Canberra health provider has placed 2000 doctors into outback Australia to treat Aborigines since 2008.

Gold dig a long-term prospect for local jobs

Major contractor, Andy Divall, in the box cut at the mine, where they will soon begin tunnelling.

John Thistleton A small fortune is being spent at Majors Creek east of Canberra, all in the quest for gold.

Majura Solar farm puts brake on high-speed rail: Canberra airport

Canberra Airport Managing Director, Stephen Byron.

John Thistleton Canberra Airport says a proposed solar farm at Majura is contrary to plans for a major transport corridor, including a high speed train.

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Making time for the kids always pays off

Craig Bulloch with his goats at his farm, Willmond Park, near Braidwood.

John Thistleton When Craig Bulloch stepped between billy and the kids he ended up on his backside.

Airport warns over dangers of solar farm

An aircraft coming into land fights the strong cross wind at Canberra Airport.

John Thistleton A proposed solar farm under the northern landing approach to Canberra Airport will temporarily blind pilots of incoming planes, says the airport.

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RSPCA shooting starving sheep and cattle

?Cattle in poor body condition in the ACT region and photographed by the RSPCA.

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John Thistleton RSPCA officers are shooting starving sheep and cattle on parched farms around the Canberra region.

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Confident vision of growth

Stephen Byron, Canberra Airport CEO at Canberra Airport.

John Thistleton Bringing forward big-ticket items such as the Australia Forum and direct international flights and the resurgence of the property sector will help the territory's transition under the incoming...

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Seven kilometres of rocks to save the Macquarie perch

Part of the 7kms of reef rocks at the Cotter Dam, which have been placed for the shelter of the large Macquarie Perch population.

John Thistleton A seven kilometre long rock wall snaking around the enlarged Cotter Dam’s contours could resolve a mystery about Macquarie perch and sustain their numbers well into the future.

Tourism business set to blossom

Robyn Clubb in her Orchard, Wisbeys, at Araluen.

John Thistleton Like the soft pink peach blossoms aflutter in Araluen valley, Robyn Clubb’s reasons for diversifying her orchard business are numerous.

Border protection tightened for riotous spring show

Floriade gardener Lisa Wrona and Event Operation Manager John Leahy putting the final touches on Floriade before the opening.
The Canberra Times
08 september 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

John Thistleton On Lake Burley Griffin's northern foreshore, ASIO is not the only one stepping up border protection.

Burning off near Kowen

John Thistleton The ACT Rural Fire Service will do a hazard reduction burn on Sunday morning at Molonglo River, in grazing paddocks near to the railway line, near Molonglo Gorge in Kowen, east of Canberra.

Unity Mining to keep cyanide vow despite processing hiccup

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John Thistleton Unity Mining has given an assurance it will not use cyanide to process ore from its underground goldmine at Majors Creek, east of Canberra.

'Win-win' proposal to save heritage cottages

An artist's impression of a proposed new supermarket which will be developed by the Krnc Group of Canberra.

John Thistleton A Canberra region supermarket operator says he can resolve Bungendore's debate over a contentious development that threatens to remove two heritage cottages from the tourist and commuter village east...