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Environment of Australia

Australia creates world’s largest marine reserves

Australia on Friday created the world’s largest network of marine reserves, protecting a huge swathe of ocean despite claims it will devastate the fishing industry.

Friday, 16 November, 2012, 3:50pm

Liquid solution

Australians are poised to take revenge on the much loathed cane toad - by turning the warty pests into liquid fertiliser. Cane toads were deliberately introduced to Queensland from South America in the 1930s to prey on a beetle that was devastating sugar cane plantations.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Second shark alert closes Repulse Bay beach

Police and lifeguards yesterday attempted to quell fears that a shark was lurking in the waters off Repulse Bay after a second reported sighting in as many days.

Swimmers were ordered from the water again after a tourist reported seeing a shark inside the protective net at the beach at 4.18pm.

9 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

The great Down Under numbers game that never quite adds up

It was rush hour in Singapore and my taxi was crawling its way through snarled traffic along Orchard Road. The driver, in the time-honoured tradition of cabbies the world over, was keen to strike up a conversation.

He asked me where I was from and I told him I lived in Sydney.

25 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Credit cards calling a tune of a different kind

Banks are getting tougher to please. Apparently on top of your ability to remain demonstrably solvent, Standard Chartered is now interested in your ability to belt out a good tune before giving you a credit card.

A colleague recently responded to a Standard Chartered promotion offering cards with no charges.

10 May 1999 - 12:00am

Sea horses threatened by corralling for medicines

They mate for life and perform a twirling dance of courtship every morning, a prelude to one of the most bizarre forms of reproduction in the animal world: male pregnancy.

Sea horses might inhabit a mythical kingdom of strange beasts if they did not frequent the seas off South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

28 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Man drowns

Pang Wing-kam, 48, drowned off Clear Water Bay Second Beach. His body was found by a diver checking anti-shark nets.

7 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Net attraction

Net attraction - Urban Councillors Mok Ying-fan (left), Lee Kwok-keung and Dr Ronald Leung Ding-bong donned wet suits yesterday with four other colleagues to inspect shark nets at Repulse Bay. The Urban Services Department claims floating rubbish is damaging the expensive nets.

6 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Great idea

Going out in the water at my local beach recently I was pleased to note that it was unusually clean and, moreover, that a net had been placed which prevents rubbish from floating shorewards.

19 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Guard duty

LIFEGUARD services resume today on the Urban Council's 11 gazetted beaches including Repulse Bay, Shek O, Deep Water Bay, Stanley Main and Turtle Cove. The $38 million installation of shark nets is expected to be completed this month.

1 Mar 1996 - 12:00am