Charlie Lowles Leisure Centre is officially open!

Published on 15 November 2017


The heritage of late Emeritus Mayor, Charlie Lowles OAM, forever lives on with the award-winning Emerton Leisure Centre renamed “Charlie Lowles Leisure Centre, Emerton” last Sunday, 12 November 2017.


1,000 community members joined Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali, and the Lowles family to officially celebrate the renaming of the Centre.


“Charlie Lowles gave so much to his local community that it would be impossible to create a memorial that encompassed his entire contribution,” Mayor Bali said.


“A tireless champion for the interests of the local community, he was nicknamed “The Mayor of Mount Druitt”.


“Emerton Leisure Centre is a fitting place for a lasting memorial to one of Blacktown City’s greatest community representatives,” the Mayor said.


“Charlie fought hard to have this Centre created and his vision has been rewarded by its recognition as one of the best community centres in Australia.”


Emerton Leisure Centre was named the A.H Pierce Memorial 2017 Facility of the Year by the Aquatic and Recreation Institute.

I am proud it will be forever known as “Charlie’s Leisure Centre” with his name on the side of the building.” Mayor Bali said.


To celebrate the renaming, there will be 15% off and no joining fee on all memberships to the Centre until Thursday 30 November 2017.


Joanne Lowles, Charlie’s daughter, spoke on behalf of the family “[it was] an honour for us to see Council recognising Dads service over the years in such a major way.”


Charlie Lowles, was a Councillor for 27 years, from 1989 until his retirement in 2016;


He was six times Mayor of Blacktown between 1995 and 2010 and Deputy Mayor for an additional six terms.


The eminent status of Emeritus Mayor was awarded in 2005 and he received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013.


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