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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Pet llamas? Alpaca Magic farmer says there's plenty of appeal

John Thistleton "People buy llamas because they fall in love with them", farmer says - but they're also good for wool and warding off sneaky foxes.

Restoring Old Hume Highway will draw in tourists to historic sights

Cooma Cottage will be upgraded to cater for tourists hungry for food and historic knowledge.

John Thistleton Hailed Australia's first hero, explorer Hamilton Hume's original journey of discovery from Sydney to Melbourne is returning to prominence and acclaim.

Big prescribed burn in Namadgi National Park planned

Firefighters conducting hazard reduction work.

John Thistleton Biggest prescribed burn for the year in Namadgi National Park.

ACT Government to upgrade Monaro Highway bridges for B-double trucks

John Thistleton Tenders have been invited for bridges and bridge strengthening to upgrade the roading network in the ACT, says John Thistleton.

Shona Chisholm leaves legacy for Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

John Thistleton Shona Chisholm's dying wish is to open people's eyes to the strength she has drawn from the Australian bush.

National sheep dog trials: Hall the place to be for top dogs

Peter Oxley, of Orange, with some of his dogs at the national sheep dog trials at Hall.

John Thistleton Peter and Beverly Oxley brought 12 border collies to Hall for the week-long National Sheep Dog Trials at Hall.

Goulburn's Pru Goward braces for a huge hit at NSW poll

John Thistleton The NSW Planning Minister does not expect a comfortable win in her electorate.

Will Black Magic save Majura Valley?

John Thistleton No lease and an uncertain future as Canberra's development continues.

Kayak photographer Paul Jurak captures balloon spectacular

John Thistleton Kayak photographer Paul Jurak captures Canberra's Balloon Spectacular over Lake Burley Griffin.

Cyclists at risk with faulty components

John Thistleton Cyclists are urged to get their bikes regularly serviced to maintain safety standards.

Turf farming in Canberra continues to grow despite flood risk

An irrigation system in action at the Canturf farm in Fyshwick.

John Thistleton Turf farming is on solid ground well into the future in Canberra regardless of urban growth.

Guitar used in assault on man in Hackett

John Thistleton A man who allegedly hit another man over the head with a guitar in Hackett is to face assault charges in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday.

Well Station homestead's new lease of life near Harrison School

John Thistleton White ants have eaten into Well Station, but its historic value remains intact.

Tim the Yowie Man launches new book In the Spirit of Banjo

Tim the Yowie Man says despite researching yowie reports back to the 1800s, he has never solved the mystery.

John Thistleton In late May, 1994, an ANU student hurried out of the Brindabella Mountains after seeing something that changed his life.

Birmingham pigeons are the first pick for Narrabundah's prefab pets

John Thistleton Charlie Diedo relives the days when pets (and immigrants) of all sorts flourished in Narrabundah.

Cross of Valour winners open Canberra Lifeline Bookfair

John Thistleton Electrocuted, shot and traumatised, these five hard men admit returning to the disasters that made them heroes can give them the horrors.

Entomologist John Feehan records Canberra's first fly-free summer

Some of the dung beetles that John Feehan distributes widely.

John Thistleton Entomologist John Feehan records Canberra's first bush fly-free summer.

Brindabella Station owner Brian Barlin wants Brindabella Road sealed

John Thistleton Brian Barlin says money should be spent on Brindabella Road instead of cycling tracks.

Bettongs' breeding success means Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary could treble in size

John Thistleton Three years after being reintroduced near Canberra rare bettongs are going gang-busters and could have more space and new neighbours.

Summer rain boosts Crookwell's seed potato harvest as grower numbers decline

John Thistleton Record breaking rains fail to halt decline of Crookwell's seed potato growers.