Justice of the peace Jeffrey awarded for service

JPs in the Community coordinator Gloria Hinds with volunteer Jeffrey Ballment and Logan MP Linus Power.
JPs in the Community coordinator Gloria Hinds with volunteer Jeffrey Ballment and Logan MP Linus Power.

A JIMBOOMBA man who has volunteered as a justice of the peace for 40 years has been recognised.

Jeffrey Ballment said being a JP was a great way to meet the community.

Mr Ballment said he first became a JP to sign documents at a bank he worked at.

However, he was always able to find time to help others.

Mr Ballment said he volunteered at Jimboomba Library as part of the JPs in the Community program.

Most of his work involved visiting people at their homes, including outside of hours.

Mr Ballment said the yarns told by clients could be fascinating.

“Yes, you are signing documents, but there are many stories that are interesting,” he said.

“It is a great experience and you learn lots of things.

“You meet the local community and you get more out than what you put in.”

Mr Ballment said JPs were also often required to sign search warrants, bail applications and other documents for police.

Mr Ballment was given his service award earlier this week.

Logan MP Linus Power said Mr Ballment had made significant contributions to the community.

“In 40 years of service, I don’t think we could count the number of people he has helped out,” Mr Power said.

“It is great to recognise the service of people like Jeff who do this to help others on a voluntary basis.”

Jimboomba Library’s JPs in the Community service is run every Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.