BUANGOR - Buangor's Justice of the Peace has been honoured for more than 22 years of continuous service to the community.
Don Cossens took on the role officially on May 5 1991 and has been just a phone call away for the many people who have taken advantage of his extra qualifications ever since.
"It came as quite a surprise, when it arrived in the mail I thought great, this is really terrific," Mr Cossens said.
"It is a good acknowledgement of the work we do as a Justice of the Peace within the community."
Mr Cossens also works at the Ararat YMCA Op Shop and said he finds the biggest thing people call on him to do is to sign statutory declarations.
He said he originally got involved after Buangor's original Justice of the Peace became too hard for people to find.
"He was a farmer - so despite his large community involvement, when people were after him they could never find him," Mr Cossens said.
With the old store and post office in Buangor still operating at the time Mr Cossens found the position suited him well.
He said the biggest change in the way his service is delivered is communication, there are more emails than letters today.
Mr Cossens said it isn't a position that has a 'busy and quiet period' with people requiring different tasks at all times of the year.
He said he believes once he leaves the post the community will have no other option but to go to Ararat.
Justices of the Peace are volunteers who perform an important role to assist the community and are required to satisfy higher standards than might otherwise be expected of many members of the community.
Justices of the Peace provide document witnessing and certification services to the community both during and outside business hours. They do not provide legal advice.