ROUGH JUS­TICE

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

JUS­TICE of the Peace Ma­ree Ed­munds re­sponded to the story in this col­umn last week about Ro­tary vol­un­teer Paul Ryan re­ceiv­ing a park­ing ticket on Cas­tle Hill while up there do­ing vol­un­tary work with Ro­tary. Ma­ree vol­un­teers as a JP at the Townsville Court­house ev­ery Mon­day morn­ing. Coun­cil pro­vides the JPs with park­ing vouch­ers which is as it should be. Af­ter fin­ish­ing her shift she went to the car and re­cov­ered the per­mit and re­turned it to coun­cil. She came back to her car only to find in that short pe­riod of time she had been is­sued with a park­ing ticket. She took it to coun­cil and ex­plained the sit­u­a­tion. They gave her a form to fill out, but told her she would have to pay the fine. On an­other oc­ca­sion, when the JPs still had to put money in the me­ter, she was booked when she ran out of time. “I could see the car from the of­fice, but it went over time as I was deal­ing with a cus­tomer and their pa­per­work.” Ms Ed­munds drives in from Alice River to vol­un­teer as a JP.

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