Lowles to pass on ba­ton

Pol­icy that led to coun­cil get­ting out of debt one of the high­lights over 30 years

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

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


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