Duck Inn and say g’day to Pam

Be­fore she be­comes a grey no­mad

Central and North Burnett Times - - DOMAIN -

MONTO’S iconic Duck Inn Store is where you will find Pam Toms most of the time.

But you might need to make an ap­point­ment as she is usu­ally run off her feet.

Born in Eidsvold and ed­u­cated in Monto, Pam en­vis­ages her­self be­ing a grey no­mad.

She spent most of her adult life trav­el­ling Aus­tralia’s east­ern seaboard from Cairns in the north to Lee­ton in the south be­fore re­turn­ing to her home­town at Monto and pur­chas­ing the Duck Inn.

Pam has now owned and run the Duck Inn for 14 years.

She started work­ing at her par­ent’s Am­pol ser­vice sta­tion in Monto (now Choice) when she was 15.

This stint was fol­lowed by work as a bar­maid at Monto’s Royal Ho­tel un­der Mrs Buckby, who had held the li­cence for 60 years.

The Royal Ho­tel has since burnt down.

“(Th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties) taught me the qual­i­ties of how to work prop­erly, like turn­ing up on time and re­lat­ing well to cus­tomers,” Pam said.

She said she saw the value in an hon­est day’s work and en­joyed ev­ery day at her of­fice.

But she would like more time to spend with her fam­ily, in­clud­ing her three chil­dren, 10 grand­chil­dren and three great grand­chil­dren.

“The Duck Inn has brought me sat­is­fac­tion,” she said.

“I have met a lot of nice peo­ple but I am look­ing for­ward to re­tire­ment and spend­ing qual­ity time with my beloved fam­ily.

“Hard­work has never killed any­one but stress will, so you al­ways need to stay pos­i­tive.

“You never stop learn­ing about life but when you are young you work for the dol­lars rather than learn­ing.”

Pam is proud of her store and her town and likes the per­sonal touch she has given the Duck Inn from be­ing just a cor­ner store to now hav­ing DVDs, a BYO din­ing room and a taxi ser­vice.

She main­tains a pos­i­tive out­look on the town but the changes she has seen in her life re­minds her how much more pros­per­ous it could be.

“There used to be a pic­ture the­atre six nights aweek, four car yards, and tim­ber and dairy in­dus­tries.

“Now it is all gone,” she said. “It is a great town but it needs some­thing to keep peo­ple in it.

“Hopefully, with the Deputy Pre­mier be­ing a Monto lo­cal, he could make some­thing big hap­pen in the town.”

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

MONTO ICON: The Duck Inn has brought sat­is­fac­tion to Pam Toms.

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