Peter Verbakel and Heather Young with one of the two new pull-up banners that the association has purchased

July 16, 2020

The Queensland Justices Association’s South Burnett branch is happy to be back meeting after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Chair Peter Verbakel said the group – which is open to all Justices of the Peace (JPs) and Commissioners for Declarations (Cdecs) – usually meets bimonthly at the Kingaroy RSL Club.

It held its first COVID-safe meeting back at the club on Monday night.

Peter said the regular get-togethers include professional development as well as a chance for JPs to swap experiences.

Monday night’s “welcome back” was also an opportunity for members to inspect the new pull-up banners and tablecloth which the group bought after receiving $350 from Member for Nanango’s Deb Frecklington’s Local Hero Grants.

The banner and tablecloth will help to make the JP community service offered at Kingaroy Shoppingworld more visible.

This service, which was suspended due to COVID-19, is now also back in action.

The group had planned to host a training course for would-be Cdecs and JPs in June or July but that had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

“We are now trying to get another one up towards the end of the year,” Peter said.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Cdec or a JP should contact Peter by email

Members at last Monday’s comeback meeting … Martin Harmsworth, John Higgins, Peter Verbakel, Heather Young, Marian Petersen, Lowrian Redsell and Ruth Rimes
The association is very proud of its new tablecloth which will help it raise its visibility during community sessions at Kingaroy Shoppingworld

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