FORTY years ago, when she was just 15 years old, Tiaro's Linda James walked through the doors of the Department of Primary Industries for her first day on the job.

Four decades later, the government agency has been renamed the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Ms James is still a proud part of the organisation.

On Wednesday, Ms James and her colleagues celebrated her achievement with lunch at the Maryborough RSL.

John Zigterman, a senior inspector for Biosecurity Queensland, was in town for the event and said Ms James had walked through the doors of the agency on April 5, 1976.

About a week later she turned 16.

TOP ACHIEVEMENT: Celebrating 40 years of work with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is Linda James with well wishers at a lunch at the Maryborough RSL.
TOP ACHIEVEMENT: Celebrating 40 years of work with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is Linda James with well wishers at a lunch at the Maryborough RSL. Alistair Brightman

Mr Zigterman said Ms James was a valued part of her organisation as well as the community.

He said she had been dealing with farmers for 40 years, helping them find solutions for various issues and building close relationships within the community.

 

"She's very well known in the community," he said.

 

Mr Zigterman described Ms James as a very valued employee.

"She's kind, caring and a thorough professional," he said.

"She's well organised."

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