JPs honoured for 40 and 50 years of service
IF YOU have needed a Caloundra JP in the past six years, chances are you are one of 9000 locals each year who have met Ron Coffison and Len Green at Caloundra Library on a Monday.
State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said some might have come across the long-serving JPs in any number of Queensland regional towns in the past 40-50 years.
"I was honoured to present Mr Coffison and Mr Green with distinguished service certificates for 50 years' and 40 years' respectively, and for donating a significant portion of their lives to helping others.
"Chatting with Ron and Len it became clear that both gentlemen take their jobs very seriously and for very good reason.
"Being a Justice of the Peace and attesting to documentation and a signature is a very important part of the legal process.
"Far from a routine rubber stamping process, Ron and Len recall clients who came up against their rigour for accuracy and lost," Mr McArdle said.
"JPs must sight original documents, so any number of photocopies and tantrums will not suffice," Mr Green said.
"It is hard to understand why one client was happy to offer copies of an original yet not the actual original, as apparently it was none of my business.
"If you want a JP to sign a document attesting to the fact you were not the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident, you must be able to declare that you are telling the truth with a Statutory Declaration," he said.
"Lies, smokescreens and vague interpretations of the truth simply will not do and are un-lawful."
Mr McArdle said Mr Coffison worked in local government for 46 years.
He was president of Dalby Regional Council of St Vincent de Paul Society for some years, further testimony to his tireless commitment to serving others.
"Both gentlemen should be very proud of their service and the contribution they continue to make to the Sunshine Coast community," Mr McArdle said.
"I look forward to many more years of them being at the Caloundra Library, offering help and assistance when required and I congratulate the library on this helpful initiative."