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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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Blundells Cottage to close and reopen to reality

John Thistleton If  alive today Alice Oldfield would probably be in the shadow of ASIO's almighty headquarters in Constitution Avenue.

Gang Gang – Today in history: Springing a rabbit-proof trap

John Thistleton A novel way of trapping rabbits, favoured because of its humane method of extermination, was described in 1914.

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Gang Gang: Shy stars of Mulligans Flat torchlight tour

Wild night: Sanctuary ecologist Kate Grarock leads a torchlight tour at Mulligans Flat.

John Thistleton Native animals come under spotlight at Mulligans Flat Sanctuary.

ActewAGL says power supply in Canberra at risk

TPG has hired Lazard Australia to run an auction for the power company.

John Thistleton ActewAGL says more power blackouts are on the way because of proposed revenue cut.

ActewAGL chief executive Michael Costello's pay again under the spotlight

John Thistleton Michael Costello says his pay is a mere bagatelle compared to proposed cuts to ActewAGL's revenue raising.

ANU relocates 70,000-piece fossil collection

A skull of the small meat-eating dinosaur Velociraptor.

John Thistleton An internationally significant collection of fossils is being relocated within the ANU.

Namadgi National Park wildflowers on display

John Thistleton Big displays of wildflowers are colouring the northern section of Namadgi National Park.

Australia China FTA: Canberra's wine, services sector says cheers

Helm Wines founder Ken Helms said non-exporters in the Canberra wine industry would also welcome the FTA.

John Thistleton Canberra's wine producers and exporters have welcomed the free-trade agreement between Australia and China, with wine and business services out of the ACT set to boom.

Last Tidbinbilla owner returns to rebuilt homestead

Phil Gilmour, the last owner of Nil Desperandum homestead at Tidbinbilla range, on a return visit.

John Thistleton Kathleen Gilmour passed on Tidbinbilla to her son, Phil, in 1978, and his memories of the destroyed homestead are vivid.

Painters lift war widow's spirits in Remembrance Day tribute

Widows helped: Legacy widow Dee Graham helps Kit Walker paint her house in Dunlop.

John Thistleton Legacy widow Dee Graham rewarded for a heart of gold.

Unity Mining proposes cyanide processing at Majors Creek

Against proposal: Penny Hayman is alarmed by Unity Mining's desire to use cyanide near Majors Creek.

John Thistleton Gold miner defends cyanide processing proposal.

Fired up Fluffy home owners threaten protests and call for levy


John Thistleton Mr Fluffy owners say the loan scheme is disgusting, bullying and will undermine Australia's residential property market.

ACT's Tour de Femme road race adds atmosphere and fun

Elite winner: Belinda Chamberlain at the start of the Tour de Femme.

John Thistleton Some 300 riders contested the Canberra Cycling Club's Tour de Femme

Record Australian cherry harvest could swamp market

Cherry glut: Fourth generation orchardist Michael with his father Noel Batinichs at Cherry More Orchard near Young.

John Thistleton Australia's biggest cherry crop could surpass 18,000 tonnes and cherry producers are wondering what to do with it all.

Defence and security firm XTEK expands

XTEK technician Mark Allen.

John Thistleton Homeland security specialist XTEC has opened a new headquarters and workshop in Canberra.

How Robbie Poate's parents returned to a place of painful memories and turned it into a place of healing

Janny and Hugh Poate at Sweleena, Bungendore.

John Thistleton Traumatised soldiers bring new meaning to Poates' bush retreat at Gundaroo.

Villages oppose residential development from West Belconnen to Sutton and Gundaroo

Gundaroo residents who oppose two proposals for residential development on either side of the village, standing on the main road.

John Thistleton There goes the (bush) neighbourhood say residents worried about new housing.

Goulburn workshop keeps horsepower on track

Apprentice fitter Jeremy Hunt at the Goulburn workshop.

John Thistleton Several big locomotives honour Melbourne Cup winners and come with a pricey service bill.

Plans to double the size of Gundaroo split community

LAND MARKED:  Gundaroo  is split over rezoning proposals.

John Thistleton Developers applying to rezone farming land on the north and south sides of Gundaroo have split the village of 400 people.

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Lyn Goldsworthy is a conservationist who loves cats but makes sure birds are out of reach

Lyn Goldsworthy's cat Teagha, which is allowed in the garden on a leash to protect native birds.

John Thistleton Conservationist Lyn Goldsworthy has two cats – and each one has a leash.