NSW thanks our long-serving JPs
COFFS Harbour residents Neville Hillenberg and Maurice "Jim" Cross have been honoured by NSW Attorney General Brad Hazzard for each serving 50 years as Justices of the Peace.
The role allows them to provide the free service of witnessing various types of documents from bank loans to statutory declarations.
Both originally applied to become JPs while working at banks in other areas in 1964.
Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser presented them with certificates and paid tribute to their achievements.
"Neville is one fellow who has hounded me mercilessly about accommodation for cancer patients," Mr Fraser said.
"We fought the bureaucracy and won."
Mr Hillenberg was part of the group who worked to establish Shearwater Lodge which accommodates people while in treatment.
The state's longest serving JP was awarded with a certificate to commemorate his 70 years in 2012.
Mr Fraser joked that although there are thousands of JPs in NSW, himself included, they can be tricky to track down.
"JPs are like coppers," Mr Fraser said.
"You can never find one when you need one."