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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Civic eateries cast a wider net for diners

John Thistleton They're throwing open the windows in Bunda Street, Civic.

Golf clubs teed off by water charges

Royal Canberra Golf Club groundsman Rob Curtin hand waters the 12th green last year.

John Thistleton Once free for those who could trap and store it in dams and tanks, water is becoming so expensive it is threatening the viability of ACT golf clubs.

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NCA chief Malcolm Snow aims to make most of Lake Burley Griffin

Malcolm Snow.

John Thistleton The National Capital Authority's new chief executive says Lake Burley Griffin is underused around the edges and on the water's surface.

Award-winning urban planner Malcolm Snow to head National Capital Authority

Malcolm Snow.

John Thistleton An urban planner will head the National Capital Authority in Canberra.

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Man robs Braddon supermarket


By John Thistleton A man has robbed the Braddon Supermarket, threatening staff with a kitchen knife on Saturday night and fleeing with cash.

Canberra at risk of being building plan black spot

Canberra's construction industry has been operating without architects in key areas.

John Thistleton Canberra's construction industry has operated for at least a decade without architects in key areas.

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Apprenticeships keep new generation in trade

John Thistleton Since her year 7 school days, Alissa McDermott wanted to be a cabinetmaker.

Canberra's treat: Pull over, drivers, for your pick of produce

Craig Pratt travels to Canberra to sell cherries.

John Thistleton Life's fleeting on the edge of a busy road - especially at Christmas time.

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

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.