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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Making time for the kids always pays off

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...

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.


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

'Double whammy' bushfire season feared


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

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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.