Lowles to pass on baton
Policy that led to council getting out of debt one of the highlights over 30 years
AFTER decades of service on Blacktown Council, Charlie Lowles will not recontest September’s local government election.
Cr Lowles, 84, represented ward five and was first elected to council in 1989.
“I love Mt Druitt and I’ve given my heart and soul for just on 30 years,” Cr Lowles said.
He said it was time for a new generation of representatives for the region.
“I feel now somebody younger should take it on with generational change,” Cr Lowles said.
“But I still live here and my heart is still here.”
He nominated one of his highlights was moving the policy that led to Blacktown Council becoming debt-free.
“That was back in the early ‘90s and we accomplished that in 1998,” he said. “The reason for that was we were $66 million in debt and about 34 cents out of every dollar was going to service that debt.
“But I thought if we get out of debt we can build libraries and community centres and so forth.”
Cr Lowles is a fierce advocate for equality and services that improve life.
“I believe council should continue along with welcoming people, equity for all and caring for people,” he said. He hoped council kept its future focus on services and equality rather than spending time on matters such as the city’s name.
The absence of Cr Lowles isn’t the only change in wards four and five.
Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Donaldson, an independent, currently represents ward five but will be running in ward four at the election.
The ALP’s Edmond Atalla won’t be recontesting ward four as he is now the state MP for Mt Druitt.
Liberal councillor belle White was not turned at preselection.
I believe council should continue along with welcoming people Cr Charlie Lowles