Woollahra Council Function – A piece by Elaine Kaye

  • 6 December 2022
  • Elaine Kaye

On Thursday, 1st December I stood in for Stuart at the Woollahra Council Christmas function which was held on the lawn outside the Council chambers in Double Bay.

What a magnificent venue, overlooking Redleaf pool, watching moored boats bobbing about, and our magnificent harbour filtered through beautiful Jacaranda trees. Champagne and canapes were, of course, served.

It was a very welcoming occasion with a number of noteworthy people present. I chatted with Susan Shaw who introduced me to the Japanese Consul General, Tokuda Shuichi. Guests known to many of us were in attendance, including Graham Richardson AO, Patrick Corrigan AM, Peter King, Andrew Petrie, Karen Barbouttis (local artist, who currently has an exhibition in the Woollahra Art Gallery), Lorraine Emerson, President of the Garden Clubs of Australia Board and many others from varying walks of life.

The Mayor of Woollahra, Susan Wynne, spoke beautifully and introduced her fellow Council members. What a challenging and demanding role this must be!

Mayor Wynne regaled some stories about questions which had been asked of Council employees, for example, ‘Why are there fish in Redleaf pool?’ or ‘Xan you please heat Redleaf pool’. Puzzling indeed! Council members then dispersed and mingled with the crowd.

It was a most enjoyable evening and I’m delighted I was able to attend.