Half a century serving as JP

NOTCHING up a half century of service to the community Hendrik Giezekamp was among the more than 150 Justices of the Peace (JPs) recognised in a ceremony at Parliament House last Tuesday.

State MP for Granville, Julia Finn, was in attendance and said she was honoured to help mark the Granville resident’s 50 years as a JP.
“Justices of the Peace provide an invaluable service to our community,” Ms Finn said.
“They help people and organisations with their paperwork and legal obligations, and many of them provide hours of voluntary service every week.
“The work they do often goes without acknowledgement, and so it was fantastic to be able to take the opportunity to laud long-serving JPs like Hendrik.”
Attorney General Mark Speakman said 260 people statewide would receive commemorative certificates after serving the community as JPs since man first walked on the Moon.
“Becoming a Justice of the Peace (JP) might have been one small step for these volunteers, but it was a giant leap for the NSW community that’s benefited from their support over the past five decades,” Mr Speakman said.
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