As I've said on many occasions, I am paranoid about travelling in New South Wales - especially by motorcycle. A couple of weekends ago I rode to Cowra for a bike show (just supporting a friend). While I was there I spent nearly $300 over the 2 days in accommodation, food etc. I enjoyed the weekend and, because it was NSW, rode within the limits everywhere I went. Then a bomb arrived yesterday. A fine for 'disobeying a no stopping sign' - $175!. Took me a while to work out it was a parking fine and it was for parking illegally on private property in Cowra township! Yes - private property! At the Mobil Service Station on the corner of the Young Hwy and the Grenfell Hwy, there is a diagonal yellow striped area in front of the shop part. Being on a bike, I parked there a couple of times on the weekend and spent maybe a minute of two in the shop actually asking for directions once and buying spark plugs the second time. This yellow area is classified as a 'no stopping area' I rang the man at the servo yesterday and he confirmed that the police and the council rangers sit across the road and just take number plates down, sending fines out later. He remarked that at least 100 bikes must have used that strip over the two days of the show. He said that area was supposedly their fire escape area and the fines were a work, health and safety issue. He said they couldn't do anything about it - and, in fact the cops had approached him the other day to re paint the area so it stood out more. There are no signs to say why you can't park there. Even though the servo say they can't do anything about it, I would have thought they would have warning signs up at least - good PR. This is a blatant revenue raising exercise, and something common in New South Wales. I will fight the fine of course, but probably won't have much luck. But I will say that the Mobile at Cowra has lost my business and the good council of Cowra will hear from me as will anyone else who will listen. And, of course, it will be a cold day in hell before I go there again. They can shove the Japanese Gardens. Be warned. It's going to happen more and more frequently in places you'd never suspect.