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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...

Canberra region winery wins gold

News. Four Winds Vineyard, Murrumbateman, received a trophy for Best
Riesling in Show and a gold medal for its current vintage at the NSW
Small Winemakers Wine Show last week. Co- Director of the winery Sarah
Collingwood, samples the wine among the vines in the vineyard .
September 1st. 2013 Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.


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John Thistleton Four Winds Vineyard at Murrumbateman has won gold and best riesling at the NSW Small Winemakers Show.

'Double whammy' bushfire season feared

Bushfire

John Thistleton Spring rain and vigorous grass growth followed by a dry summer could threaten Canberra with another horror bushfire season.

Builders accuse ACT govt of fee gouging

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John Thistleton Canberra's peak building group says the ACT government is gouging builders on a grand scale.

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Push for homes to suit people as they age

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

John Thistleton The ACT Government wants a universal design requirement in all new detached homes in Canberra.

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Impossible to be detached from the good life

Patrick Troy, of Reid, is one of the many Canberrans choosing not to downsize to a smaller home.

John Thistleton Nearly a lifetime spent writing about, teaching and researching urban planning and housing hasn't convinced Professor Patrick Troy of conventional thinking on downsizing for retirement.

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ACT bucks downsizing trend

Large houses

John Thistleton More than 90 per cent of older couples and three-quarters of older singles in Canberra live in a house with three or more bedrooms, making the ACT the least successful state or territory for...

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Call to start high-speed rail tender process

A high-speed train in Beijing, China.

John Thistleton Canberra Business Council says tenders should be called now for a high-speed rail link between Sydney and Canberra, rather than waiting 17 years.

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Airport director gives thumbs up to rail report

Canberra Airport Managing Director, Stephen Byron, unveils the design for a High Speed Rail terminal at Canberra Airport.

John Thistleton Canberra Airport managing director Stephen Byron believes the latest report on high speed rail, which sets a much quicker timeframe of 17 years for the Sydney-Canberra leg - sets a new benchmark for...

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Canberra-Sydney high-speed rail link backed in advisory group's report

Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

John Thistleton An Australian government report recommends a Sydney-to-Canberra high speed rail link be up and running in 17 years.

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Solar firm customers are left in the shade

More than 230 customers of a Canberra solar firm that went into liquidation will lose much of the value of certificates issued when they bought solar panels.

John Thistleton More than 230 customers of a Canberra solar firm that went into liquidation will lose much of the value of their solar certificates.

Villagers vow to fight on to save cottages

Signage in Bungendore, part of a campaign to stop the development of a large supermarket in the town.

John Thistleton A contentious battle at Bungendore over two heritage-listed cottages has not been resolved.

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Water of love fills river celebration

John Thistleton Rain has replenished the ACT's waterways, while Shortis and Simpson have been penning songs on the Murray-Darling Basin.

Burning question about old timber sales

John Thistleton Bernie Smillie's thick silver beard could do with a trim, but these days he is more intent on thinning a century-old forest.

Cabinet a $1.5m masterpiece inspired by priceless bond

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Details of the $1.5Million dollar 'Hannah Cabinet' made by Geoff Hannah. The cabinet is on display at the Bungendore Woodwork Gallery.
Filed: Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:03:04 PM 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times

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John Thistleton A 1950s bush life left a legacy with cabinetmaker Geoff Hannah that will sit for centuries in a $1.5 million creation.

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Million-dollar cabinet a shrine to the Hannah family

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Details of the $1.5Million dollar 'Hannah Cabinet' made by Geoff Hannah. The cabinet is on display at the Bungendore Woodwork Gallery.
Filed: Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:03:04 PM 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times

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John Thistleton Among Geoff Hannah's earliest memories of his parents are Ruth working on the end of a cross-cut saw in the 1950s, helping David, a sleeper and girder cutter, cut down trees.

Call to future-proof lake's little Aussie battler

John Thistleton Time and weather are catching up with a heritage gem and rare survivor of Canberra's pastoral past, Blundells Cottage.

EPA clears Unity Mining of polluting creeks near site

Gold nugget.

John Thistleton Goldminer Unity Mining's use of a flocculent chemical to clear storm water for much of this year has not polluted nearby creeks, according to the NSW Environment Protection Authority.