True blue local legend receives medal for tireless work

HUMBLED 100-year-old Alma Ing has received an Order of Australia Medal for her tireless work in the Bundaberg community.

The great-grandmother may be one of the award's oldest recipients but said she did not want a fuss made about it.

Mrs Ing was born in Bundaberg and has spent much of her life volunteering.

She was nominated for the award by Guy Day Lewis for her work with the Bundaberg Lions, Meals on Wheels, Australian Red Cross and Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Last year Mrs Ing celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by loved ones, including second cousins Val Steemson and Joy Forman.

"Alma has always been way ahead of her time," Mrs Forman said.

"She was a widow early in life, bringing up two boys on her own.

"She travelled to the UK in the mid-60s alone, which back then was very unheard of.

"At 98 years old she had a knee replacement and is still quite sprightly.

"She likes to keep herself busy and the church is a big part of her life."

Mrs Ing was one of the first female publicans in Bundaberg, operating the Young Australian Hotel with her husband before he died.

She then went on to run the Melbourne Hotel between the 60s and 80s.

Relatives said Mrs Ing was charitable and always willing to learn new things.

"She has always been there for us," grandson Randal Ing said. "She is a kind, loving and genuine person.

"She is one of the most generous people and is always giving, so deserves this award."

With five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, Mrs Ing said family was what made her life interesting and whole.

"My family and their offspring mean everything to me," she said. "That is what life is all about."

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