Vale Robert Dunn


Thanks to Pittwater Community Alliance’s chairman Craig Boaden for this tribute to Robert Dunn, the first elected Mayor of Pittwater Council, who has died at the age of 78 just a week after former mayor Lynne Czinner.



Pittwater identity and former Mayor Robert Dunn has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. He died at Northern Beaches Hospital on Thursday 17 September. He was 78.

Robert served as inaugural elected Mayor of Pittwater Council from 1992 to 1994, following a number of years as a councillor on Warringah Council (Eric Green was the interim Mayor of Pittwater Council until elections could be held). In 2004 Robert ran against Bronwyn Bishop for the Federal seat of Mackellar and in 2005 he ran as an Independent in the Pittwater state by-election. Robert also had a long and distinguished career as a local solicitor, founding Dunn Legal in Mona Vale.

In 2013 he released Pittwater Uprising!: A Secessionist's View, his personal account of the formation of Pittwater Council. This entertaining book documents the events that occurred leading up to Pittwater becoming an independent Council. In recent years Robert split his time between his beloved Pittwater and Narooma on the NSW south coast, serving on several community committees.

Robert's significant and long-lasting achievements in local government, the law, politics and community work made him a wonderful role model for us all, and he will be greatly missed.

This has been a tragic week for Pittwater; our community has lost two former Mayors of Pittwater in the same week, in Lynne Czinner and Robert Dunn. This is a very sad time for everyone in the Pittwater community.


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