Bellevue Hill – Lucinda Regan
Lucinda lives and works locally. She is a lawyer and economist and has worked extensively in the legal and banking sectors. She is a strong supporter of local community interests and is opposed to any extension of the Rose Bay Marina. She is against amalgamation and wants to see more sympathetic development in the Woollahra Municipality, with proper enforcement of development controls. She is supportive of finding solutions to manage increasing traffic in the area and embraces the Residents First philosophy of being independent from party ideology to enable true representation of the local community. If elected she will also advocate for better maintenance of streets and space for community use.
Cooper – 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.“
Double Bay – Mark Silcocks
Mark has lived in Double Bay with his young family for over 12 years and is the former President of the Double Bay Residents’ Association, representing local residents on the Double Bay Working Party. He is concerned about big party politics interfering in local council matters and developers turning Double Bay into another Bondi Junction or Chatswood. Mark is passionate about maintaining Double Bay’s height and scale planning requirements and ensuring that they are complied with. Mark was instrumental in ensuring the Woolworths and Woollahra Library development was sympathetic to the local environment and he has campaigned tirelessly to stop over-development and ensure Double Bay remains Sydney’s premium Bayside Village.
Paddington – Harriet Price
Harriet’s long association with Paddington started over 40 years ago when she attended Peter Pan Pre School. Harriet’s two sons followed in her footsteps and also attended the kindergarten and local school, Glenmore Road Public (GRPS). While her boys were young, Harriet put her career as a lawyer on pause and immersed herself in the local Paddington community. Harriet was President of the Peter Pan Parents Association, the GRPS Parents & Citizens Association and the GRPS School Council. In 2015, Harriet was awarded the New South Wales Director of Public Schools’ parent award for her dynamic leadership and service to the local community. Harriet’s dedication continues as she commits to representing and listening to all residents.
Vaucluse – Claudia Cullen
Claudia is a conservative with a proven track record defending the rights and interest of the Woollahra community. She is concerned that local councillors representing major political parties are forced to put State and Federal agendas above the interest of residents which will drive overdevelopment in the area. The State Government’s agenda to increase population density means high rise developments in Double Bay. This will change its unique character and put additional strain on our infrastructure, roads, traffic, public transport and our already oversubscribed schools and child care. State Government also plans to increase tourism and commercialisation in Watsons Bay. This already popular destination is bursting at the seams and locals don’t support their scheme to turn the bay into an international wedding venue destination. Claudia also opposes expansion plans for the mega marina in Rose Bay. Claudia brings an independent voice of reason to the council without political affiliations, she puts residents interest first. During Claudia’s previous term as a Woollahra Councillor she actively advocated and pursued many major projects including the Watsons Bay Baths, the creation of libraries in both Double Bay and the Watsons Bay Tea Gardens, the stormwater trap to remove pollution from Camp Cove Beach, the upgrade of the Robertson Park Play equipment and many major infrastructure upgrades. Her track record demonstrates her integrity and passion for the community.