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Townsville hosts new notary course

The Society of Notaries Queensland will look to hold the new notary education program in other parts of North Queensland after a successful first course in Townsville this month.

President Margot de Groot said the society was pleased to welcome 11 registrants to the inaugural program in North Queensland with 10 the minimum number of registrations required for it to proceed.

The new education program, The Office and Practice of a Queensland Notary, was launched in Brisbane in August and attracted 31 registrations.

Margot said while Brisbane and the Gold Coast were well served with notaries, there was a need for more to be appointed in North Queensland.

“Hopefully, the registration numbers will increase in the years to come,” she said. “The society will be looking at possibly holding the program in other parts of North Queensland, such as Cairns.

“We are certainly hoping that we can fulfil the minimum registration number set by Bond University. For the course to be viable, the university requires a minimum of 10 registrations and for the registrations to not exceed about 30.”

The Townsville program was held at the city campus of James Cook University and was well supported by administration staff from Bond University.

Professor Peter Zablud and Michael Bula, immediate past president of the Society of Notaries, Victoria, once again led the presentations and provided attendees with a thorough overview of what the role of a notary entails.

Queensland Secretary James Madden also presented a short program.

As well as undertaking the two-day program, registrants have been given a 1000-word paper to prepare by 17 September.

Those who successfully complete the program and the paper will receive a certificate, signed by both the Society of Notaries and Bond University, and be entitled to refer to themselves as Fellows of the Society of Notaries, Queensland.

For more information or to register interest, contact James Madden via email on secretary@societyofnotaries-qld.org or phone 4639 4488.

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