TRIBUTES TO LOWLES

Ac­co­lades, re­spect for for­mer mayor

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

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.

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