Busselton volunteers have been recognised for their service

Libby Mettam with Frank Creagh
Libby Mettam with Frank Creagh

Vasse MP Libby Mettam has congratulated three local residents who, between them have dedicated over 100 years of service to the local community as Justices of Peace.

Herman Osborne has served 40 years, Ray Gannaway has served for 37 years and Frank Creagh has served 39 years total.

“I congratulate Mr Osborne, Mr Gannaway and Mr Creagh, who have been recognised by the state government for their volunteer role and the extensive time serving the community, in what is a very important role.

“Justices of the Peace provide an integral link in the judicial system.  As well as presiding in the Magistrates Court, JPs are regularly called upon by the WA Police to issue search warrants,” Mrs Mettam said.

“We live in a very caring community and I am constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of members of the community who are able and willing to volunteer. Many organisations could not exist if community members did not donate their time.”

Research indicates that four out of five Western Australians volunteer, with the value of volunteering to our community in 2014 being more than $39.0 billion.

The WA Volunteer Service Award Program commenced in 2011 and recognizes the considerable contribution

of those volunteers who have dedicated 25 to 49 years, and 50 years or more, of voluntary service to one organization.

For further information on becoming a Justice of Peace contact Libby Mettam’s office on 97521949 or visit the courts.dotag.wa.gov.au.