Former Mayor of Pittwater Lynne Czinner has passed away.

Known as a devoted campaigner for the Warriewood community, the wetlands and the escarpment, 81-year-old Ms Czinner passed away last Friday, 11 September, at Royal North Shore Hospital following a battle with cancer.

She was elected onto the first Pittwater Council when it formed in 1992 as a Councillor for the South Ward. She served until 2008, including as Deputy Mayor from 1998 – 2002 and Mayor in 2004 – 2005.

“I am committed to protecting our natural environment and lifestyle, promoting ecologically sustainable development in Pittwater, and to providing walking and bike paths as well as recreational facilities for all ages.

“I believe we have a very strong environmental team who will achieve great things for Pittwater. I am available and open to listen to any ideas or issues residents may have with Council.

“We will get back to the ‘grass roots’ of the people to really reflect the desires of our residents – consulting with them, talking with them and finding out what they want. All Councillors will be out and about – they are your conduit to good local decision-making,” said Ms Czinner at the time she was elected as Mayor.

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Lynne Czinner campaigning for Warriewood.

Former Mayors of Pittwater, Patricia Giles, David James and Jacqui Townsend, paid tribute to Lynne Czinner’s commitment to her community.

“Lynne Czinner was a great Councillor for Pittwater. Always ready to fight the good fight for the betterment of our community. Always ready to preserve and enhance our beautiful area. She will be missed but fondly remembered,” said Patricia Giles OAM.

“She was a tireless campaigner for Pittwater, she worked hard as one of the original Pittwater Councillors and was a campaigner for the Warriewood wetlands and escarpment. She was a very good representative for her community,” said David James OAM.

“She was a huge advocate for the wetlands and the development of Warriewood Valley,” said Jacqui Townsend.

A committed environmentalist, Ms Czinner was a vocal spokesperson on community issues and her participation in grass roots activism was hugely valuable, according to Craig Boaden, Chair of the Pittwater Community Alliance.

“Lynne often sat on the committee of Pittwater Community Alliance representing not only her local community association, Warriewood Resident’s Association, but as an invaluable source of knowledge on local government and on Pittwater Council in particular.

“She was a marvellous person to work with, and gladly shared her extensive specialist knowledge and expertise. Lynne will be sadly missed by her colleagues at the Pittwater Community Alliance.”

Chris Hornsby, President of the Warriewood Residents Association, said Lynne Czinner was a foundation member of the association.

“Lynne participated in our many projects we organised so that the Warriewood Master Plan was realised to make the community what it is today. 

“Her knowledge of the early planning undertaken by Pittwater Council on the Master Plan along with her passion for the community was invaluable in the many submissions that the Association made over the last 9 years and a true Citizen of Pittwater. 

“This was demonstrated most recently when the Association reviewed the plans for the proposed Warriewood Community Centre.  She will be sadly missed by all who had the honour to know and work with her.”

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, Michael Mannington

Video: Northern Beaches Advocate, birdlife at Warriewood Wetlands.