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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Help for Brindabella passengers

John Thistleton QantasLink has approval to operate on the Moree – Sydney route to help passengers left stranded by Canberra’s financially crippled Brindabella Airlines.

Plan for refugees to lift bush townships

Anne Kilcullen.

John Thistleton Anne Kilcullen believes marginal rural towns could become more viable if allowed to recruit asylum seekers.

Young cherries ripe for export, say growers

John Thistleton Faced with bank foreclosures and smaller returns, Young cherrygrowers see China as their best means of survival.

For grain farmers, day, night and uncertainty roll into one at harvest time

John Thistleton As night falls on Peter O'Connor's wheat crop near Harden, the lights on his harvesting machinery burn bright.

Master Builders celebrate Canberra centenary with book launch

Gavan McArdle, a retired civil engineer, who strengthened the wall of the original dam.

John Thistleton The builders that built Canberra pushed themselves to the brink and wheeled and dealed through economic booms and busts.

Fight to save South Coast's pristine beauty is no walk in the park

John Thistleton Conservationists say passion alone will not hold out against development on the south coast.

Bubbly excursions part of secret to maintaining rescue helicopter

Jane Slattery enjoys a glass of wine at the Snowy Hydro Sunday Champagne brunch.

John Thistleton Creative fund-raising is helping to keep Canberra's rescue helicopter in the air.

Telstra hopeful of improved south coast services in time for Christmas holidaymakers

Telstra hopes a new 4G network on the south coast will overcome congestion problems that crippled the network last festive season.

John Thistleton Telstra hopes a new 4G network on the south coast will overcome congestion problems that crippled the network during the last Christmas break, but holidaymakers and residents remain doubtful.

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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.

Duplex crackdown after controversial demolition

22ND AUGUST- 2012 -NEWS -STORY MARCUS MANNHEIM- THE CANBERRA TIMES- PHOTO BY MELISSA ADAMS.
Foster carer Larissa Woonton of Yarralumla is concerned they're not covered by insurance or workplace safety laws.

John Thistleton and Stephanie Anderson Duplex demolitions will now need approval from the ACT Government following the controversial flattening of a Yarralumla duplex which forced neighbours out of their home following little more than a...

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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.

ACT government disputes delay $240m worth of construction

Building and construction.

John Thistleton At least $240 million worth of new residential and commercial buildings are being delayed because of fees or regulations disputes with the ACT government, according to a peak industry group.

Late fees crippling building industry, MBA says

Home building

John Thistleton Fees aimed at preventing builders from land banking in the territory's leasehold system have instead turned into crippling revenue raising, according to the ACT Master Builders Association.

Never mind the paddle, just give us back our creek

Jenny Horsfield, historian and local writer standing near the former Tuggeranong Creek at the back of the Tuggeranong Homestead.

John Thistleton From a sparkling, frog and fish-filled creek catchment to a foul, sulphur-smelling valley that forces residents inside behind closed doors and windows, Tuggeranong is at the sharp end of Canberra's...

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Albino kangaroo just one of Canberra's natural wonders

ACT Parks and Conservation Regional Manager Brett McNamara at the Namadgi National Park trying to spot the albino kangaroo that is believed to be in the area.

John Thistleton Bush hanging off the Brindabella Mountains like a well worn work shirt is full of surprises which capture worldwide interest.

Solar glare safe: CASA

Stephen Byron, Canberra Airport CEO.

John Thistleton Reflected light from a proposed solar farm near Canberra Airport would not blind pilots of approaching or departing aircraft, CASA says.

Primary producers making a point of difference

Sam Burton Taylor of Sam's Paddock Boorowa.

John Thistleton Sam Pincott's elation at having delivered his first box of eggs to a Holbrook butcher shop was short lived.

Rain slows projects but tops up lake

ACT Roads Tony Gill.

John Thistleton More than 30 millimetres of rain on Sunday and Monday has stopped construction on the new Majura parkway, eased the bushfire threat and started raising the level of Lake Burley Griffin.

Centenary riders hit bicentennial trail

Kayla Defranceschi, 16 of Hall with her horse Grace.

John Thistleton From all parts of the ACT, 110 horses and their riders marked Canberra's centenary on Sunday.

Living to beat of a different drum

John Thistleton When Yvonne Evans heard drums at 2am, she hoped a long nightmare was finally coming to an end.