Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, with Uralla’s Bill Andrews and Attorney General Mark Speakman at last week’s presentation ceremony at Parliament House.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today congratulated well-known Uralla accountant Bill Andrews on achieving 50 years of service to the community as a Justice of the Peace of NSW
At a special awards event in Parliament House last week, Mr Marshall joined the State’s Attorney General Mark Sparkman to present Mr Andrews with a commemorative certificate, recognising the significant milestone.
“Bill is one of the longest-serving JPs in the state and one of only a handful in our region who has donated countless hours to helping local people for over half a century,” Mr Marshall said.
“Just about everyone needs a JP at some point in their life, such as when they buy a house or access their superannuation, and Bill has always been happy to lend a hand.
“I congratulate Bill on this wonderful achievement and thank him for his service – which I know he is keen to continue providing to the community.”
Mr Andrews is among more than 250 NSW JPs who are celebrating their Golden Jubilee of service this year.
“During the 50 years Bill has been witnessing documents, he has also witnessed profound social changes and advances in technology,” Mr Marshall said.
“The way people track down a JP is among the many things that has evolved, with people now more likely to search online than rely on word of mouth.”
Mr Marshall said the NSW online register of Justices of the Peace was being upgraded to make finding a local JP faster and more convenient than ever. The revamped system will enable JPs to specify the dates and times they are available and what languages they speak.
“For Justices of the Peace, this will mean fewer unwanted calls when they’re busy, while people who urgently need a document witnessed or certified will be able to search the register for someone who can help them promptly,” Mr Marshall said.
The new-look register will begin operating in early 2019. The current register only allows users to search for a JP by name, registration number or postcode. For more information on JPs or to find one in your area, visit www.jp.nsw.gov.au