CHERMSIDE resident William 'Stan' Blakey has received a gold certificate to recognise 50 years of service as a Justice of the Peace in Queensland.
Mr Blakey became a JP in 1964 when he was a bank manager in Mareeba.
Since retiring, Mr Blakey has continued volunteering his time to his community, including as a member of the Rotary Club in Hervey Bay and as chairman of the body corporate in his unit.
Mr Blakey said it was a pleasure to help the community, and he has appreciated the opportunity to meet new and interesting people in his role as a JP.
Mr Blakey's granddaughter Freya praised her grandfather as a quiet achiever who always put others first.
Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said she was pleased to be able to present the certificate to such a worthy recipient.
"Thank you to Stan and his wonderful wife Jean for welcoming me into their home to allow me to present this award over some scones and a cup of tea,” she said.
"Congratulations again on this wonderful achievement and thank you for your service to our community.”
If you or someone you know has provided 25, 40, 50 or 60 years of service as a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations, contact the Justices of the Peace Branch of the Department of Justice at email@example.com to apply for a long-service certificate.