The community of Marble Bar has celebrated the life of Calum MacIver, the Shire of East Pilbara’s longest serving employee who passed away earlier this year .
Mr. MacIver served the Shire of East Pilbara and the people of Marble Bar for more than 37 years and was one of the town’s most loved and respected community members.
Shire of East Pilbara President Lynne Craigie OAM attended the community barbeque for Mr. MacIver and acknowledged his lasting legacy in Marble Bar.
“Calum MacIver was the first Shire employee to reach the 30 years service milestone and by his retirement had served the Shire of East Pilbara for an unprecedented 37 years. During this time, Calum was not only a loyal and hardworking employee, but he was also a much valued member of the Marble Bar community,” she said.
“His passion for maintaining the greenery in the Marble Bar town centre resulted in many comments from tourists and visitors who were often surprised that the Pilbara desert they were expecting was unexpectedly green and more like a desert oasis. This was always Calum’s vision and he was a wonderful asset to the Shire of East Pilbara,” she added.
Several of Mr. MacIver’s family members made the journey to Marble Bar and they were joined by a large gathering of the local community including Councillor Dean Hatwell as well as Shire of East Pilbara Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Edwards.
Pere Broughton, Mr. MacIver’s nephew who attended the memorial with his wife Jane and Aunty Marlene, was deeply moved by seeing the enormous impact his uncle has left on the Marble Bar community.
“It’s amazing how important my uncle was to so many people and I’m so proud to be here today as his nephew,” said Mr. Broughton.
In a touching tribute to Mr. MacIver, the Shire works depot have installed two chairs in Marble Bar’s main street to allow people to have a quiet rest if required – something Mr. MacIver loved to do when on his break.
Calum MacIver began working with the Shire of East Pilbara in 1982 as a backhoe operator and later transferred to Parks and Gardens where he was truly able to make his mark on the town.
He was a qualified carpenter, and in his spare time would create smaller items for his home including a handmade wooden boat which is now displayed in the Marble Bar Tourist Centre and Museum.
Calum MacIver was a great mentor to many and saw many staff at the Marble Bar works depot grow from young people to adults, some of whom joined the parks and gardens team over the years. A lasting part of his legacy is in the immaculate presentation of Marble Bar proudly carried on by the team he trained