Inverell Justice of the Peace Les Moulds has been honoured for 50 years of service.
Mr Moulds started his role as Justice of the Peace in Coonamble in 1967, continuing the role as he moved through regional NSW. He said he took up the role after seeing the local demand.
“I thought I could provide a service for people who needed it, witnessing affidavits for people that needed to go to court, signatures things like that,” Mr Moulds said.
The long-serving JP said the most important thing for prospective volunteers is being accessible to the community.
“50 years ago, sometimes if you were out in the country, and something needed to be dealt with on a Saturday morning you’d call in JPs,” Mr Moulds said.
“That doesn’t happen anymore, but I’ve always been accessible. I think that’s one of the most important things about being a JP – if people seek you out, they’ll find you.”
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall commended Mr Moulds for his dedication, and urged the region’s young people to follow his lead and pick up the civic responsibility.
“I congratulate Les on five decades of service, helping members of the Inverell and country communities with legal declarations and certifications,” Mr Marshall said.
“Few people would know where their nearest JP would be – but these hardworking men and women have an invaluable role in our legal process, ensuring documents and testimonies can be relied upon.
“Les has been a vital part of the Inverell community and I’d encourage young people to follow his lead.”
To learn more about becoming a Justice of the Peace, visit www.jp.nsw.gov.au/justices-of-the-peace/becoming-a-jp.