Friday, July 14, 2017

Live near the beach? Coral reef expert Charlie Veron has some advice for you

Charlie Veron, the world's foremost expert on coral reefs, lives on a shady bend of Sachs Creek, half an hour's drive out of Townsville, in a concrete block house with three dogs, eight geese, two pet rats, seven cockatoos, a baby red fruit bat, scores of tropical fish, a green tree frog (in the bathroom), bush turkeys, the occasional echidna and what appears to be several million wallabies just about everywhere you look. Other animals include one son, two daughters and an adult female named Mary Stafford-Smith.

Charlie Veron, the “Godfather of Coral”, says Australia’s
 politicians are “idiots” for doing nothing about climate change. 
"The house is a bit of a menagerie," says Stafford-Smith, who also happens to be Veron's wife. "There are dingoes in the valley, too. Once we found a pup under a bush in the garden and looked after it.”


Read Tim Elliott’s story in today’s Melbourne Age - “Live near the beach? Coral reef expert Charlie Veron has some advice for you.”

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