Marilyn King was awarded the OAM for her community service.
Marilyn King was awarded the OAM for her community service. Contributed

Award to former Biloela resident

A BILOELA born and bred resident now based in West Footscray has had her selfless service to aged welfare recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia.

Ms King founded the support group Willing Older Workers Inc (WOW!), to help provide financial, emotional and practical support for unemployed people aged over 50 who were struggling to get back into the workforce.

She has also been an advisory member on a number of community, disability and ageing groups.

"I felt incredibly honoured and I basically accepted it on behalf of my mum and dad, who taught me good values and I'm very humbled about the award,” Ms King said.

Ms King was previously a state finalist in the Australian of the Year award and was Maribyrnong council's 2013 Citizen of the Year, picking up the Rotary Club of Footscray's Community Service Award the same year.