Whit­sun­days wel­comes new mag­is­trate

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PROSER­PINE Mag­is­trate’s Court has wel­comed a new mag­is­trate.

Si­mon Young started in the role on Jan­uary 11 and is look­ing for­ward to be­com­ing in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He will also pre­side over the mag­is­trate’s courts in Bowen and Ayr.

Prior to mov­ing to the Whit­sun­days he was a mag­is­trate in Kin­garoy, and be­fore that, Ca­bool­ture.

“Most re­cently, I was in Kin­garoy for 12 months, which I en­joyed and found very re­ward­ing,” he said.

“Then I was given the op­por­tu­nity to come here, which I was more than happy to ac­cept.”

Mr Young said hav­ing prac­tised his en­tire le­gal ca­reer in small com­mu­ni­ties, “it’s no cul­ture shock com­ing here”.

“I un­der­stand how com­mu­ni­ties work in a gen­eral sense, which gives me an ad­van­tage over peo­ple who have spent their ca­reer in big­ger places,” he said.

Al­though this is Mr Young’s first time liv­ing in the Whit­sun­days, he has been vis­it­ing the area for many years.

“When I was in pri­vate prac­tice, I had clients in Mackay, so we would of­ten come to Air­lie Beach for the week­end,” he said. “It’s great – I love fish­ing so it’s a great place to be.”

Mr Young said his in­ten­tion was to be here “for some time” and en­joy what the area had to of­fer.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

IN COURT: New Proser­pine Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young.

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