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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Beach for littlies at odds with development plan

John Thistleton For carefree children who can shrug off icy water between their toes, Black Mountain Peninsula is a slice of paradise.

Lake battle looms over plan for slipway near peninsula parkland

Yarralumla Bay.

John Thistleton The Land Development Agency's proposed dry boat slipway at Black Mountain Peninsula will create an industrial site with potential for highly polluting maintenance work in a popular lakeside parkland,...

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Unhappy trails as authorities rein in catchment access

Claire Weekes with Willow and Zara at Riverview Horse Agistment.

John Thistleton Dawn washes over Riverview's green peaks, skips over the valley's fog-filled depths and bathes the Bullen Range in a soft orange light.

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Woden town centre set for high-rise, high-tech parking overhaul

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John Thistleton A new multi-level parking structure proposed for Woden Town Centre workers will feature licence-plate recognition to streamline peak-hour traffic.

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Aboriginal peoples resume 25,000-year friendship with dance

Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Sumner and Adrian Brown, ACT Parks and Conservation Ngunnawal Ranger.

John Thistleton The Canberra community is invited to a rare exchange of traditional dances on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.

ACT's export strength bodes well for future

Export Awards

John Thistleton Exporting Canberra's knowledge and education-based services to Asia will secure a sound future, says Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Imported bees face quarantine test to quell biosecurity fears

John Thistleton The first queen bees to arrive in Australia in seven years are expected to bring significant benefits and risks to the bee industry.

Future of budding vintage hangs on full moon frost

Wine maker Ken Helm.

John Thistleton The success of Canberra district's 2014 wine vintage could hinge on a full moon on Saturday night, October 19.

Fears foreign giants buying up level playing fields

Stockingbingal farmers Greg and Brad Morton look out over this seasons canola crop.

John Thistleton A premier grain district where flowering canola rises up to a man's shoulder, Stockinbingal west of Canberra is becoming the land of the giants.

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Parishioners angered by school sale

Marian College has been added to disused Catholic property on the market in Goulburn.

John Thistleton A former girls' college in Goulburn is on the market, which has angered parishioners.

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Blinded soldier sings tribute after 360km walk

Private Liam Haven with guide dog Owen walks down ANZAC Parade to complete his trek at the AWM.

John Thistleton As victory laps go, this one could hardly be more triumphant.

Fresh layer of building codes adds confusion

John Thistleton Residents and community groups have warned that a 1000-page ACT government planning document introducing precinct codes covering most of Canberra could undermine existing development controls.

Power games: why incentives won't sway these wind farm opponents

Mark Glover.

John Thistleton Offers of rooftop solar panels and solar hot water heating will not sway neighbours of a proposed $700 million wind farm west of Yass.

Retailers targeted over illegal yabby traps to curb wildlife toll

Two platypus drowned after becoming stuck in an Opera House trap.

John Thistleton RiverSmart has convinced tackle shops in Canberra and Queanbeyan to display posters warning of the illegal and deadly harvest of Opera-house-style yabby traps.

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Skywhale puts Gunning's cows in the shade

Sky Whale appeared at the Gunning Fireworks Festival on Saturday 14 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

John Thistleton Skywhale it seems, can't satisfy people's appetite for the absurd.

Health firm sends 2000 doctors to outback

Health firm sends 2000 doctors to outback.

John Thistleton A Canberra health provider has placed 2000 doctors into outback Australia to treat Aborigines since 2008.

Gold dig a long-term prospect for local jobs

Major contractor, Andy Divall, in the box cut at the mine, where they will soon begin tunnelling.

John Thistleton A small fortune is being spent at Majors Creek east of Canberra, all in the quest for gold.

Majura Solar farm puts brake on high-speed rail: Canberra airport

Canberra Airport Managing Director, Stephen Byron.

John Thistleton Canberra Airport says a proposed solar farm at Majura is contrary to plans for a major transport corridor, including a high speed train.

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Making time for the kids always pays off

Craig Bulloch with his goats at his farm, Willmond Park, near Braidwood.

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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