[singlepic id=399 w=320 h=240 float=left] Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has acknowledged 25 years of dedicated community service by local Justice of the Peace (JP), Syd Anderson.

“It is impossible to put a value on the contribution Mr Anderson has made to community development and the well-being of fellow citizens over the past 25 years,” Mr Pitt said.

“Mr Anderson has a long history of service to the community. He is the President of Innisfail Mini Rail, has played the role of Santa Claus for many years and his house is one of the ‘must see’ homes on the Christmas Lights tour.”

Mr Pitt said Justices of the peace (JPs) and Commissioners of Declaration (Cdecs) provided a vital role in the community.

“There are approximately 89,000 volunteer JPs and Cdecs throughout the state who are dedicated to assisting their local community,” Mr Pitt said.

“There are 960 JPs and Cdecs in the Mulgrave electorate and I thank them for their ongoing service.

“Many of these volunteers are part of the Queensland Government’s ‘Justices of the Peace in the Community’ program which was established in early 2003 and has grown throughout Queensland.

“The program now boasts 156 sites with 2626 volunteers who contribute more than 74,400 volunteer hours.

“JPs provide a great service to the community, and the important work they do enables lawyers and the
courts to concentrate on cases which require professional legal training.

“This is a significant contribution which assists in the delivery of a fair, efficient and accessible justice
system for Queensland.”

JPs handle between 1,500 and 2,000 matters throughout Queensland each day.

Anyone interested in becoming a JP can find information at www.justice.qld.gov.au or call the JP Branch on 1300 301 147 and speak to a staff member.