Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard yesterday presented Ipswich local Mr Graeme Buckham with a certificate for 25 years of service to the community as a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).
Mr Buckham has served as a JP since the 22nd of July 1996, and in that time has certified numerous legal documents for locals.
Jennifer Howard said that Mr Buckham’s service to the Ipswich community is nothing short of outstanding.
“Graeme is an example of the kind of person that makes Ipswich the giving and cohesive community we all love,” Ms Howard said.
“I really enjoyed meeting Graeme and hearing all about his time in the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF), and how his desire to serve his community saw him transition into JP work.”
Before becoming a JP, Graeme spent his working life as an engineer with the RAAF, serving in Indonesia for 17 years as well as in the United States of America.
“I worked on the F111 Aardvark project, a military combat aircraft that I helped build and maintain.” Mr Buckham said.
Graeme had two children who attended Ipswich schools and acknowledged how difficult the life of a serviceman is and the impact on families.
“There were no suitable high school options in Indonesia at that time, so the family stayed here in Ipswich during those years.”
When asked of his plans for the future, Mr Buckham said that he’s ready to slow down.
“After 25 years of being a JP, I think I’m ready to put down the pen and stamp and enjoy my retirement.”
Ms Howard said that Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations provide an important service, often under demanding circumstances, and thanked Graeme for his invaluable, ongoing contribution to our City.