About John Thistleton

John Thistleton’s 30-plus years in the print media began at Cowra, and includes stints in Young, Wellington, Leeton, Crookwell, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, and, over 12 years, the Canberra Times.

As a reporter and managing editor John has watched the media fragment into numerous new opportunities.

A highlight for him at Goulburn was switching off a national wire service and relying on local staff and news to refresh content and see the paper flourish.

Moving to property and planning rounds in Canberra, John covered battles east and west of the city when retailing, residential and rural landscapes swiftly changed to accommodate a fast-growing population.

After leaving for a brief stint at the National Capital Authority as media manager he returned to the Canberra Times as the business editor, then a reporter covering the broader ACT region.

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Poultry processor needs 40 per cent of Goulburn’s daily water
A poultry farmer wants to use 40 per cent of Goulburn’s daily water consumption to process 192,000 chooks a day in an $83 million planning application awaiting NSW Government approval. The water must be fresh out of the tap. Recycled water is unsuitable. And with 192,000 birds a day to be processed at full capacity and 14 litres of water...
English chapter ends at Braidwood’s TorPeas Restaurant
Wandering around a cow paddock in her dressing gown on the Isle of Wight, Jane Norris is reminiscing on her restaurant adventure in Braidwood. Running on her British sense of humour and her mum’s favourite recipes, Jane developed a strong following from the former private residence, built in the 1860s under a broad, corrugated-iron red roof which today greets Canberrans...
The talented Mr Shearsby, the Renaissance Man of Yass
Arts & Culture
No one knew the young bank clerk newly arrived in Yass in 1898 was a genius. They could not have suspected he would become famous and make their town his own. Three months after the bank transferred Alfred Shearsby from Yass to Wentworth, Shearsby was back of his own accord. Now his life is celebrated in a book, a street...
Croker’s first coach quietly confident Raiders will prevail
Early on Sunday morning with their home town of Goulburn aflutter in Raiders flags and streamers, Jarrod Croker’s extended family will set off in two 22-seater buses, bursting with excitement and pride. The 29-year-old Raiders’ co-captain’s mother Pauline, father Greg, his sisters Natalie and Naomie, uncles, aunties, in-laws and nephews will be there. Extended family, unable to get a seat...
Drought won’t stop tourists flocking to Boorowa’s Woolfest
What's On
Locals and tourists alike will flock to Borrowa this weekend for the 23rd Irish Woolfest – a welcome distraction from the drought that's ravaging NSW. At this time of year visitors to Boorowa would normally be greeted with fields of canola in flower but the drought has changed that. Smaller displays of canola can be seen as you approach Boorowa, but...
The $900,000 water tank Tharwa doesn’t want
More than 50 years after building their own water supply system, Tharwa Village residents continue relying on it, as well as a licence to extract water from the Murrumbidgee River. Even when the river recedes in summer, locals know where to dig in the sand for water. “There are ways and means,” according to Kevin Jeffery, who's also Tharwa Community Association...
A cuddle in Gundagai picture theatre’s dress circle
At 84, Barry Luff cuts quickly to the chase. “What can you tell me about the Gundagai picture theatre, Barry?” “Well, the most important thing is the cuddle seats were upstairs. If you were young and wanted to cuddle the girl at the end row, the seats that joined the wall were a double seat. You had to be there...
Sir George’s Italian bee entertains in Jugiong
When he is not fussing over hundreds of diners each weekend at Jugiong’s Sir George Hotel, Kim Gamble thinks of Italy. He loves everything Italian. He slips on a singlet as they do under the Mediterranean sun and jumps into his mustard-coloured Ape (Italian for bee and pronounced ah-pay), so named by manufacturer Piaggio to reflect its work ethic. Powered...
A Royal opportunity for revamped historic pub
Given a name change and filled with new furniture, the longest continually licensed hotel in Yass in on the market with hopes for about $2.5 million. The current owners renamed the Royal Hotel the Yass Hotel, completed the refurbishment and are now selling through CBRE Hotels. CBRE Hotels says with strong interest increasing in the regional pub market, due to continued...
Goulburn welcomes Australia’s newest citizens
Goulburn Mulwaree Council may need a bigger venue on Australia Day 2020 to conduct its next citizenship ceremony, after the Department of Immigration indicated up to 100 people may be looking to take their oath of allegiance. Last week the city welcomed 28 new citizens into the Goulburn community. Mayor Bob Kirk said many Indian and Pakistani families were among...
Qantas and Virgin’s final swing at airports to sway commission
If the Productivity Commission wasn't thinking about the economic regulation of airports yesterday, they are now after the bosses of Qantas and Virgin took a big swing at airports at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Qantas and Virgin chief executives Alan Joyce and Paul Scurrah say the airports are forcing up the cost of flying through excessive fees and...
From ducks to trucks: Lake Bathurst’s super highway tells the story of progress
Two hundred years ago the incalculable number of ducks and black swans staggered the first Europeans to see Lake Bathurst. How times change. Today, 55 railway carriages roll through the tiny village early of a morning brim-full of Sydney’s rubbish. Once unloaded near Tarago, the carriages will make the return journey. This time noisier, causing windows to vibrate as the...
Heaviest snow falls in memory across Goulburn
Goulburn has woken to one of the biggest snow falls in recent memory, with falls beginning at 11:00 pm on Monday and continuing until 7:30 am today. Mayor Bob Kirk, who lives on the edge of the historic city, says his place received about four inches or snow, and throughout the town a three-inch cover had settled. “It was a...
Phil discovers gems in Dalton’s floors
Wrecked, forlorn old floors are restored to gleaming perfection under the skilled hands of Phil Waine. Phil mastered his craft after serious illness abruptly ended a promising career in the Australian Public Service in Canberra. Relocating to Dalton, a small village near Gunning, switching jobs and embracing the little rural community revived the former tax officer’s physical and mental capacity....
Rodney Moss turns remnants into river-front gem
Long ago demolished, an 1850s granite homestead near Yass left enough of a footprint for an outstanding contemporary home to recapture remnants of a pioneering era, while embracing today’s leading design and technology. Fiona Green of Canberra bought the property and ran cattle there for 19 years, then subdivided the block, protecting the former homestead site’s privacy on 10.5 hectares....
How Gerry Harvey, Brumbies enforce Corkhill’s success
Corkhill’s Engineering has won a substantial contract to supply Harvey Norman with steel-framed glass screens for shop fit-outs, in another example of ingenuity from a workshop that has put Boorowa, northwest of Canberra, on the map. In a village of 1600 people, creativity and an extensive network underpin Corkhill’s Engineering, without which the business would not thrive. The engineering firm...