TRIBUTES TO LOWLES
Accolades, respect for former mayor
FOR almost 30 years, unofficial “Mayor of Mt Druitt” Charlie Lowles committed his time, energies and vision to the district.
The community was shocked on Sunday to learn the long-time Blacktown councillor and former mayor had died that morning.
Mr Lowles, 84, had decided not to contest the September local government elections, citing ill health.
But his legacies will long be enjoyed by residents.
Mr Lowles strongly supported a range of community projects including the Mt Druitt Library and Community Hub, Mt Druitt Swimming Centre and the Emerton Youth Recreation Centre. He also was instrumental in the creation of Emerton Leisure Centre and Dawson Mall and was a strong advocate for the establishment of a courthouse in Mt Druitt.
TRIBUTES have flowed for former Blacktown councillor Charlie Lowles OAM who died on Sunday.
The man many knew as the “Mayor of Mt Druitt” died from complications from cancer. He was 84.
After nearly 30 years of continuous service as a Blacktown councillor, Mr Lowles decided not to contest September’s local elections. He was the Blacktown mayor between 1995-1999 and 2008-2010.
Mr Lowles was credited with guiding Blacktown Council through a $66 million debt in 1998.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali described Mr Lowles as a “servant of the people” and “staunch supporter of Mt Druitt”.
“Charlie was a servant of the people and made a lot of significant contributions to Blacktown City,” Cr Bali said. “He was affectionately known as the ‘Mayor of Mt Druitt’ due to his staunch support of the area.”
Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla said Mt Druitt had lost “a great man” and he “a great friend”.
Chifley federal Labor MP Ed Husic thanked Mr Lowles for his advice. “Our community and I will miss you deeply,” he said.
Londonderry state Labor Prue Car said: “Our community has lost our most ardent advocate.”
Mr Lowles said in August: “I love Mt Druitt and I’ve given my heart and soul for 30 years ... But I still live here and my heart is still here.” His funeral will be at 10am, November 9, Holy Family Church, Emerton.