More than miner effort
After living in Greenbushes for more than two decades, Pat Scallan is thriving in new challenges to do the most for his community.
Pat moved from Capel to Greenbushes to work at Talison Lithium in 1995 as the mine manager.
With the growth of the mine, Pat’s role has also grown and he now holds the title of general manager.
Over the years, Pat has not just helped the community through initiatives supported by Talison, but also through his role in the Greenbushes RSL and the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council.
While he retired from the council during the weekend’s election, Pat said he had a lot to be proud of during his 18 years in local government.
“I wanted to represent Greenbushes, I felt Greenbushes was a little bit under done,” he said.
“I thought it was something I could help with for Greenbushes.
“And to also help council.”
Pat said one of the things he was proud of was helping to introduce governance systems that helped with issues such as making budgets.
“That’s something I contributed quite a bit to,” he said.
“We also built the red centre and the library, that’s something else I’m proud of.
“There’s also a number of little projects I’m proud of like the trails and a number of projects around Greenbushes as well.”
Even though his time on the council has ended, he is still looking out for Greenbushes’ wellbeing through his role on the South West Development Commission board, which he joined earlier in the year.
“It’s a way to be involved on a bigger, more regional level, and how Greenbushes can be impacted and make an impact on a bigger scale,” he said.
One of the reasons Pat decided to retire from the council was the expansion happening at Talison Lithium Greenbushes.
“At work, I manage the major projects including the expansions,” he said.
“It’s such a relief to have this new plant open because we’ve spent so much time building it.
“It’s a milestone, but it opens the door for our next one.”
Pat has been involved with the Greenbushes RSL for about eight years ago and is now secretary/treasurer.
“I have the resources, and with me still working, I can get these things done,” he said.
Pat served in the Rhodesian Armed Services and when he moved to Greenbushes, he saw it as an opportunity to join the RSL with his wife Debbie who joined as an affiliate member.
Throughout the RSL calendar, including the usual services, Pat also enjoys the social aspect of being involved with like-minded people.
“In addition to the Anzac Day service for the community and the Remembrance Day service for the community, we also help members who need assistance,” he said.
“Whether it’s through the Veterans Association or whatever, we can look after them if we need to.”
Including affiliate members, the Greenbushes RSL has more than 30 members.
Pat is chairman of the Greenbushes Discovery Centre, on the Community Gardens committee, involved with the Tidy Towns committee and has been involved with the Catholic parish.
He said there were so many reasons to love Greenbushes.
“The Greenbushes community is small, people come to the fore if we need some help, it’s a diverse little community and I love the history of Greenbushes,” he said.
“There’s so much connection right throughout Australia that people went through here in the early 1900s because Greenbushes had 3000 people.
“Living on the edge of the State Forest isn’t bad, either.”
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails