Whitsundays welcomes new magistrate
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.
IN COURT: New Proserpine Magistrate Simon Young.