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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Grazier David Watson uses Bungendore's wool history to resist rates hike

John Thistleton Woolgrower says Palerang Council has no regard for rate rises impact on Bungendore's rural character.

Melinda and Scott Medway turning old Cobb and Co stables into restaurant

Scott and Melinda Medway near the old stables they have restored which will open as a restaurant near Gunning.

John Thistleton From village cafes to old Cobb and Co stables, Medways bring hospitality back to life in Gunning.

Historic Cantle's Cottage in Queanbeyan in ruins after fierce fire

Irene Bateup, the granddaughter of William Cantle's son, has childhood memories of the cottage.

John Thistleton Historians are angry because Cantle's Cottage was left for so long unsecured and prone to vandal attacks.

Thieves round up 400 sheep, steal guns and meat in rural crime spree

Farmers Theresa and Craig Robinson, with their children Alya and William.

John Thistleton ''Everything that we have worked for this year has been stolen from us,'' says farmer Theresa Robinson.

Kangaroo March re-enactment triumph for Light Horse and little towns

John Thistleton Five days into the re-enactment of the 1915 recruitment parade from Wagga to Sydney, another triumph is unfolding.

Young, Boorowa and Harden proposed for Hilltops Local Government region

Grove Estate viticulturalist and Young Shire councillor Brian Mullany.

John Thistleton Shire merger proposal adopts Hilltops wine region's brand.

Queanbeyan City Council returns to horse and buggy days

Sue Whelan, of the Queanbeyan City Council, is seeking expressions of interest to restore old horse carriages found at the council depot.

John Thistleton Queanbeyan City Council does not usually horse trade, but it will when it comes to six horse-drawn carriages almost forgotten after years lying at the back of its works depot.

Baird Government pledges new hospital for Goulburn, new police station for Queanbeyan

 NSW Premier Mike Baird, at the Queanbeyan basketball centre, The Den, with the basketball association's mascot, a hairy yowie.

John Thistleton The NSW Government has splashed out with election promises, pledging $120 million to redevelop Goulburn's hospital and $15 million to replace the 30-year-old Queanbeyan police station.

NSW Government declares fox a pest

Sports shooter and Silva Fox whistle proprietor Ron Kiehne with 10 shot foxes.

John Thistleton Hunters want a bounty introduced to bring fox numbers under control after NSW government declares them a pest.

Rain halts Clyde River oyster harvesting


John Thistleton Oyster farmers hope big tides replenish Clyde River's salinity levels.

The curtain that divides Adaminaby

Pam Brayshaw with the Adaminaby Stage Curtain, which will be back on display for tourists.

John Thistleton Huge curtain rips Adaminaby in two.

Meroo Lake's future divides conservationists, shooters and fishers

South Coast conservationists at the reopening of a channel into Meroo Lake, south of Ulladulla.

John Thistleton Coast lake's future widens divide between conservationists and hunters party.

Near-dry Lachlan River makes water tankers a necessity in Gunning, Dalton

John Thistleton People in Gunning and Dalton are about to be left without water with the Lachlan River reduced to a chain of ponds.

Drought challenge to Yass farmers

John Thistleton, Peter Hannam Drought is threatening to take hold in the Yass region, with farmers already finding feed scarce because of late frosts last year.

Farmers say bird flu will affect free range

John Thistleton An outbreak of bird flu near Young in October could throw free-range egg production in Australia into long-term disarray.

Long-term cost to bird flu outbreak in Young

The free range poultry farm near Young where hundreds of thousands of chooks have been destroyed.

John Thistleton An outbreak of bird flu near Young in October could throw free-range egg production in Australia into long-term disarray.

Bungendore paying price for change

Kaarne Vauhkonen and Pirkko Nieminen in front of their old house in Bungendore after it was sold.

John Thistleton These Bungendore residents say they were forced to sell their 1895 heritage home to make way for a big new supermarket car park.

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Axe to fall on councils in merger plan

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John Thistleton Conceived in an unhappy local government marriage only nine years ago, Palerang Council is being lined up for another one.

Majors Creek sediment basin fails after heavy rain

Spring creek

John Thistleton Majors Creek and Araluen residents say a sediment basin below a gold mine under construction has failed after five days of rain.

Two dead in Kings Highway crash

John Thistleton Two people have died and a third person has been injured after a single vehicle crash on the Kings Highway.