Woodgate awards Jus­tice of the Peace

John serves com­mu­nity for more than 25 years as a JP

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

HIS ink pad has stamped thou­sands of doc­u­ments and wit­nessed just as many sig­na­tures.

Woodgate’s well known jus­tice of the peace has just been handed a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his decades of ser­vice.

Lo­cal res­i­dent John “Ian” Hill­house proudly re­ceived the cer­tifi­cate, pre­sented by lo­cal Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Bennett, for 25 years as a jus­tice of the peace.

Mr Hill­house is en­joy­ing re­tire­ment af­ter liv­ing and work­ing in Childers for longer than he wants to re­mem­ber.

Less than a stone’s throw away from the beach, the Hill­house home has a man­i­cured lawn and lush tran­quil gar­den full of trop­i­cal plants which blocks the ocean breeze.

Since re­tir­ing, he and his wife of 53 years, Fay, spend most of their time with friends and pot­ting around in their gar­den.

“Now that I’m not work­ing I can spend more time with the gar­den,” he said.

With health is­sues, Mr Hill­house isn’t as ac­tive in the com­mu­nity as he used to be but still pro­vides the ser­vice of wit­ness­ing sig­na­tures.

Mr Hill­house said he had signed birth reg­is­tra­tion forms then years later signed forms for pass­ports.

“I have signed, dated and stamped thou­sands of forms and peo­ple con­tinue to ask for le­gal ad­vice,” he said.

With his sense of hu­mour, Mr Hill­house laughs off all the ques­tions he has been asked over the years.

“Some peo­ple think I have a back­ground in law and ask for ad­vice, which I con­tin­u­ally say I only wit­ness sig­na­tures.

“For some rea­son, and my ex­pe­ri­ence, peo­ple seem to con­fide in JPs.”

Lo­cal Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Bennett said it was an hon­our to present Mr Hill­house with the award for his ser­vice in the com­mu­nity.

It takes a com­mu­nity minded per­son to ded­i­cate al­most 30 years to vol­un­teer­ing their time.

“I con­grat­u­late Mr Hill­house and thank him for his many years of vol­un­tary ser­vice as a jus­tice of the peace,” Mr Bennett said.

“It’s a role that of­ten goes unnoticed in the com­mu­nity, but is highly val­ued by those who need as­sis­tance and ad­vice.”

Mr Hill­house started his ca­reer in the 70s as the owner of Isis Tyre Ser­vice in Childers and sold that years later to move into real es­tate.

Woodgate has grown over the decades with more shops and even a pub.

Mr Hill­house said that, years ago, ev­ery­one had a pub un­der their house in Woodgate, as there was no pub in the town.

“We made our own en­ter­tain­ment and now there is al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing in Woodgate.

“We had a hol­i­day house in Woodgate for many years be­fore de­cid­ing to re­tire here.”

Mr Hill­house has had an ex­cit­ing life liv­ing in the Isis district and rais­ing a fam­ily with his wife.

“I spent many years as an auc­tion­eer in the re­gion, auc­tion­ing off farm­ing equip­ment and prop­er­ties.

“It was the best job I had.”

Peo­ple seem to con­fide in JPs. — John Hill­house


THANKS FOR 25 YEARS: John Hill­house and MP Stephen Bennett.

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