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Local Bloke – Pete Neill From Tamarama

By James Hutton on August 6, 2013 in People

Photo: Grant Brooks

Photo: Grant Brooks

Waverley local and iPhone app developer Pete Neill shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here?
I’ve lived in the area my whole life. I started out in Rose Bay and have spent some time in Bondi, Tama and now Waverley.

What’s your favourite eatery?
My favourite breakfast is at the Three Blue Ducks; ask for the poached eggs with bacon instead of salmon – it’s delicious and they love it when you change things. Otherwise, I’m a sucker for an Out of the Blue burger or a pasta feast at Gelbison.

Where do you like to have a drink?
The Beach Road, the Royal or the Stuffed Beaver would probably be my haunts.

Do you have a favourite sporting team?
I’m a sporting commitment-phobe. I follow the Roosters, the Waratahs and the Swans. The order
might change depending on who’s winning but thankfully they all are at the moment.

What’s your favourite beach?
I guess I’d have to say Bronte. It can feel like so many different places depending on whether you’re at the pool, the beach, the park or the caf├ęs.

What music are you into at the moment?
I’m a Spotify addict. I’ve recently become a devotee of the Triple J playlist on there; it’s constantly updated with great stuff.

Who is your favourite person?
I would say my mum, followed by Bruce Springsteen. I finally got to see him in concert this year, which was ridiculously good. I get to see my mum a lot more often than that, of course.

What do you get up to on the weekends?
Lately I’ve been working a lot, which is quite lame. If I can fit something active in – a swim, a late and long lunch or a few beers – I’ll be a happy man.

What do you do for work?
I make iPhone apps. My latest one is Little White Book and you can find it at It’s designed to allow people in creative industries to make digital business cards that they can easily and quickly create from within the app.

What’s your favourite thing about your work?
I think the process of building things is really satisfying. To be able to see how something has progressed over the course of a day or week makes the time invested feel worthwhile. The good and bad thing about working on the iPhone is that because it’s so small there are lots of challenges to produce something that people can use. It can be very frustrating along the way but feels great when it all comes together!

Do you have a favourite quote?
I love quotes so picking one is pretty hard. I might be paraphrasing but there’s one about, “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do” – it’s pretty true, I think.

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
If The Beast arrives in your letterbox each month it means you live in one of the best places on the planet, so I think we could all probably spend more time being stoked with things and less time complaining about little things.