No. 1 – Luise Elsing

Luise lives in Woollahra and has represented Cooper Ward, consisting of the suburbs Woollahra, Double Bay, Edgecliff and Bellevue Hill on Woollahra Council since 2012.  Luise was elected as one of five Residents First Councillors elected in 2012. She has advocated for and lobbied on behalf of residents, resisted over development including high rise in Double Bay and worked tirelessly on opposing the forced amalgamation of Woollahra with Waverley and Randwick Councils. Her voting track record and involvement in community initiatives and events demonstrates her integrity, energy and passion for the Woollahra Municipality. Luise believes the primary issue in this election is to ensure that Residents First Councillors have the numbers to oppose amalgamation and prevent the State Government achieving its ambition of dissolving Woollahra Council. Luise says, “Residents should keep their rights to have their say in local planning and development decisions.“


No. 2 – Geoff Rundle

Geoff Rundle has lived in the Municipality of Woollahra for over 50 years and served as a Councillor for the Cooper and Double Bay Wards. Geoff founded Residents First in 2003 and was elected as Mayor in 2004 and 2007 having served 9 years as a Councillor and 2 ½ years as Mayor. Geoff is seeking election to Council to maintain the independence of Woollahra and to continue to put the Residents First in  Woollahra. Geoff was involved in “No High Rise in Double Bay” is opposed to any increase in height of buildings in the shopping centre of Double Bay. He is dismayed at the continuing attacks on the open water of Rose Bay by the attempts to extend the marina, the commercialisation of Watson’s Bay and the threat to the trees in Yarranabbe Park.


No. 3 – Claire Wivell Plater

Claire Wivell Plater has lived in the Woollahra municipality for 30 years, primarily in Woollahra, and also in Paddington and Watsons Bay. Claire has been actively involved in community affairs since 2005, when she joined the Board of Holdsworth Community. As chair of the Holdsworth Board for 9 years, Claire assisted Holdsworth to achieve significant growth, evolve to its highly successful person centred service model and with the creation of its community café, Gaden. From her role with Holdsworth and as a small business owner herself, Claire is passionate about the vital role that thriving communities play in increasing individual well-being and economic development. A lawyer by background, Claire was with Phillips Fox for 17 years before founding boutique financial services regulatory law firm, The Fold Legal in 2002. She currently employs 15 staff in Sydney and Brisbane