Charlie Lowles OAM was a long-term Councillor and former Mayor of the City of Blacktown. Mr Lowles was an outstanding advocate for the people of his local Ward, which was based in Mount Druitt. The area of Mount Druitt and surrounding suburbs has a rich and diverse mix of residents from a broad spectrum of nations and cultures. Mr Lowles understood the need for social cohesion between these people and worked very hard to establish local forums for this to occur. In November 2016, Mr Lowles passed away after a long battle with illness. With his passing, Council and the people of Mount Druitt lost a wonderful local personality and strong advocate for their cause.
His beloved wife, Alma Lowles, received the award on his behalf.