16 Month Jail Sentence for Egg Smuggler !

Sometimes I watch that TV programme about the Australian border police and it reminds me of the time that I went to Australia and we had all our food and drinks confiscated as we entered the country. I even had to throw away my mints as I went through Sydney Airport Customs.

 Australian Customs are rightly very keen and there are strict rules about what you can and can’t take into Australia.

Meanwhile, a  53-year-old Western Australia man has been found guilty and sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for attempting to smuggle parrot eggs into Australia.Mr Kevin Gledhill pleaded guilty in the Perth District Court earlier this month, and was convicted of importing eggs into Australia contrary to Regulation 303CD of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. He was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment with a minimum of eight months to serve.

Customs and Border Protection Director Operations Investigations, Virginia Lynch, said this was a good result and others should take heed from Mr Gledhill’s conviction and sentencing.“If you attempt to smuggle wildlife into Australia you are committing a serious crime.””If caught offenders may face investigation, prosecution and penalties including jail time,” she said.“Customs and Border Protection continues to investigate and prosecute wildlife smuggling attempts into and out of Australia in a bid to end this cruel practice”, Customs and Border Protection officers stopped Mr Gledhill at Perth airport on 6 September 2009 arriving from Bali.During a baggage examination, officers became suspicious that the man was concealing prohibited items under his clothing. Further examination revealed the man was carrying 37 parrot eggs concealed in a specially made vest.

So, remember to be very careful what you take into Australia. Taking your favourite cut of beef to your relatives in Australia is a definite no no.

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If you are heading down under to welcome in the New Year then you might want some recommendations on where to visit. Here are a few ideas on where you can dine with a view in New Zealand and Australia.

Auckland’s Sky Tower

New Zealand’s highest man made structure is over 300 metres high and at the very top you will find a restaurant called Orbit. Each hour the restaurant revolves 360 degrees giving you a unique view of the whole of Auckland.Travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of the three spectacular viewing platforms, or for more thrills and excitement, SkyWalk round the pergola at 192 metres up or SkyJump off the Tower!Relax with a coffee and light refreshments at Sky Lounge, enjoy a seafood feast at The Observatory Restaurant or dine at Orbit – Auckland’s only 360-degree revolving restaurant.

Sky Tower is one of New Zealand’s most exhilarating and spectacular tourist attractions, you will be amazed at what you can see and do under one roof!For more information about the Auckland Sky Tower click here

The Melbourne Eureka Tower

Eureka skydeck, MelbourneYou can eat in the clouds at the Eureka Tower in Melbourne. The Eureka Tower is the Southern Hemishere’s tallest residential building and the Eureka 89 restaurant is 300 metres high.Also, why not try ‘The Edge’ ?  This is a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building, with you in it – suspended almost 300 metres above the ground – a unique experience.

Admission prices

Eureka Skydeck 88 Price AUD The Edge Experience Price AUDAdult $16.50 Adult $12.00Children (4-16 years) $9.00 Children (4-16 years) $8.00Concession (any card) $11.00 Concession (any card) $10.00

Skydeck Level 88 Attractions• LED information displays projected across the floor, pointing to key landmarks, ie information about the Melbourne Cupis directed towards Flemington Racecourse, visible from the Skydeck• 30 Viewfinders – positioned at the windows with informative text which frames a particular building, view orgeographic place of interest, such as the MCG• Soundscape – a specially composed soundscape designed to provide ambient sounds relevant to the direction thevisitor is looking, for example F1 engine noise as the viewer looks at the Grand Prix circuit around Albert Park Lake.

The soundscape noises will also ‘move’ around the floor, with sensors detecting where people are standing• Lightscape – a unique system of ‘blades’ has been designed for the ceiling which can project synchronized lightingeffects and move both colours and patterns around the ceiling space. The lightscape can also match the sky’sappearance, ie white clouds, blue sky, lightning or thunderstorm effects.• The combination of using soundscapes and lightscapes in this way at Eureka Skydeck is unique• Large screens will display two presentations: a historical streetscape of Melbourne and weather effects from askyscraper’s perspective• Photo sales booth where visitors can buy photos of their Eureka Edge experience• Skydeck Kiosk – coffee, soft drinks, snacks• Radio booth – live radio broadcast facility• Skydeck Outdoor Terrace – open to the outside elements, enclosed by a wire grid. The Terrace is positioned next toThe Edge experience, so family and friends can view those inside.

Lifts• Two lifts exclusively service Eureka Skydeck 88. The fastest lifts in the Southern Hemisphere, they travel at over 9metres per second. It takes just 40 seconds to travel from the ground to the 88th floor

Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

If you are looking for a luxurios meal to welcome in the New Year and you just happen to be in Broome, Western Australia then you might want to try a meal at the Sunset Bar & Grill at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. This unique place where the ocean meets the outback.Like Broome itself, the award winning resort is a beautiful melting pot of cultural influences and architecture.

Dotted throughout the magnificent gardens is a range of accommodation options ranging from tranquil studios, to private villas and indulgent suites complete with private butler. You’ll also find two swimming pools, one for families, and the other a tranquil haven reserved solely for adults.To help you ease body and soul into “Broome time” make sure you visit the soothing Chahoya Spa, or meditative Buddha Sanctuary. The Grill Menu at $48 for adults and $23.50 for children is great value for money.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

If you want to mix with celebrities then the Icebergs Dining Room & Bar on Bondi Beach is worth a visit although the real star is the panormaic view of Sydney’s famous beach. There is a unique menu here – try stingray for a main and for desert you could try saffron Meringue, lemon curdc, sheep’s yoghurt, chianti poached strawberries and gelato.

Ausie Barbeque at Uluru

For the ultimate in dining experiences at one of the most unique places on earth you need to experience a half day tour to Uluru. You can watch the sun sink into the desert plain while you munch on beef, kangaroo and sausages. The view of Uluru changes with the setting of the sun. The rock’s colour can turn from a blazing fiery red to a brown glow as the light fades. With millions of twinkling stars above this is a one in a lifetime experience that you will never forget. If you stay at Ayers Rock Resort the trip costs from only £46 per person. For the money there can be no better dining experience!

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