Sydney Eastern Suburbs local recognised for 50 years service as a JP

September 26, 2017 by Community newsdesk
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Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton has presented five of the state’s longest serving Justices of the Peace (JP), Thomas Goldman, Emeritus Professor Leslie Koder, Paul Lowinger, Ivan Hincks and Kenneth Wolf with a certificate recognising their 50 years of service.

Emeritus Professor Leslie Koder, Mrs Hincks attended with her husband Ivan Hincks (JP), Gabrielle Upton, Paul Lowinger and Kenneth Wolf

“It is a remarkable achievement to provide half a century of service as a JP and one that deserves to be honoured,” Ms Upton said at the event at Parliament House.

JPs serve as an independent witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes. Their primary functions are to witness people making statutory declarations and certifying original documents.

“As JPs they play an important role in our community by helping hundreds of people at key times in their lives, such as when they buy a house, access superannuation or go to court.”

There are nearly 95,000 JPs in NSW, who together, volunteer hundreds of thousands of hours to their communities,” Gabrielle Upton said.

The NSW Government introduced commemorative certificates for 50 years of service as a JP in 2012 and since then more than 2,000 certificates have been awarded.

“The commemorative certificate is a small way of saying thank you to five local residents for their outstanding contribution to the community” added Gabrielle Upton.


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