Local JPs clock up 90 years helping the community


Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher has today thanked two local residents for their service to the community for a collective 90 years.

Daryl Turner and Kevin Blessington have provided Justice of the Peace services to Gladstone and the surrounding area for a combined 90 years. Mr Turner was today presented with an award recognising his 50 years of service and Mr Blessington for his 40 years of service.

“JPs volunteer to serve the public and reaching the milestones of 50 and 40 years of services is a pretty impressive feat.

“There has only been 114 long service awards in the Gladstone electorate in the last 20 years and only 4 for 50 years of services and 15 for 40 years of service so Daryl and Kevin should be very proud,” Mr Butcher said.

Long service awards acknowledge the dedication of JPs to their position and are personally signed by the Attorney-General. The last time a 50 year awards was presented in Gladstone was in 2013 to Keith Bates.

JPs provide a service to the public by signing documents that need a qualified witness. Their services range from witnessing and signing formal documents to sometimes hearing certain types of court matters.

They are volunteers, who come from all walks of life and all sections of the community.

JPs are people who are trusted to be honest, careful and impartial when carrying out their duties.