The Queen Street & West Woollahra Association 

About the QSWWA

Queen Street Woollahra NSW 2025The QSWWA is a community organisation representing local residents and businesses in the Queen Street and West Woollahra area. The Association is focused on preserving and maintaining the unique 'village’ atmosphere of Woollahra, building and enhancing a strong community spirit and sense of identity for its residents, and supporting local businesses create an attractive, vibrant commercial environment. We do this in a number of ways:

  1. We publish a local magazine, the Village Voice, four times a year, which is distributed to 5,000 households and businesses, providing local news and advertising, and is available in electronic form on this website here. We are always looking for contributors, so please get in touch.
  2. We run a regular annual program of events for members and the community, including our: 
  3. From time to time, we alsrun one off events, such as Paint Queen StreetFrench Week in Queen Street and Clean Up days, again all focussed on enhancing the community spirit and supporting our local businesses.
  4. We promote the community, local businesses and events through social media on our Woollahra Village Facebook page, our woollahravillage_qswwa Instagram account and this website.
  5. We continue to monitor and mobilise the community to object to unsuitable development applications and plans which would negatively impact our environment. Read more about our beginnings and the early fights to preserve Woollahra's village character here.

The QSWWA is run by a volunteer Committee elected annually by members. For further details about the Committee, click here.

Our Annual Program of Events

Christmas Carols in Chiswick Park

The QSWWA has hosted an annual Christmas Carols event for local residents and children in early December since 1986. The current venue is Woollahra’s beautiful Chiswick Gardens. Families can put down a picnic rug on the lawn, enjoy the singers and the choir from Woollahra Public School and tuck into their own food or a delicious saugage from the barbecue, while children can have their faces painted, have a go on the bouncing castle and meet Santa at the end of the show. The Christmas Carols regularly attracts over 400 adults and children and is a key event in the Woollahra calendar. The carols are generously supported Woollahra Council through a local placemaker grant.

See the Events page for details of this year's event and reports and photos of previous events.

Children singing carols at QSWWA Christmas Carols in Chiswick Park

Matthew Ely Jewellery - winner of the inaugaral 2020 competition

Christmas Window Display Competition

The QSWWA's Christmas Window Display Competition for local businesses was started in 2020 as an alternative to the Christmas Carols, which could not be put on due to the Covid pandemic. There was a tremendous response from local store owners, with over 70 entering from Queen Street, Moncur Street, Jersey Road and Ocean Street and all celebrating the festive season with magnificent, creative and inspiring window displays. Selecting the three best displays is done by a judging panel, which typically includes a member of the QSWWA Committee, a local business owner and the Mayor of Woollahra, who also selects the winner of the Mayor's Prize. In addition, there is a Children's Choice Award voted by our local youngsters. This is a fun event for everyone making Woollahra a very special place to be at Christmas and bringing in more visitors to enjoy our wonderful village atmosphere.

See the Events page for details of this year's event and reports and photos of previous events.

Annual Dinner for Members & Guests

The QSWWA Annual Dinner has been a local fixture since the beginning of the Association. As always, it is a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, make new friends, meet neighbours and keep in touch with local businesses  as well as sample the local culinary delights and quality wines. Venues have included Hotel Centennial, Chiswick Restaurant, the Woollahra Hotel and the Hughenden Hotel.

Make sure you book early, as places are limited. See the Events page for details of this year's event. and reports and photos of previous events.

Annual General Meeting and Social Drinks

With the Annual Dinner always being popular, in 2021 the QSWWA Committee decided to change the format and location of the Annual General Meeting to enhance the opportunity for it to be another major social opportunity for members to get together. The inaugaral event was held in the Woollahra Hotel and was an immediate success, with over 80 members and invited guests attending.

See the Events page for details of this year's event. 

Major Events

Paint Queen Street Competition

With the announcement of the QSWWA Paint Queen Street Competition, September 2019 to February 2020 saw the pavements of Woollahra thronged with artists and their easels, all trying to capture the village spirit on the medium of their choice. There was no entry fee to the competition and no age limit, the aim being to open it to everyone. This was a tremendous community event with 110 artist registering entries in a wide variety of media, styles and subjects, all on the theme of something or someone in or around Queen Street. The Woollahra Hotel generously hosted the exhibition of entrants, judging and prize giving in early March. The judges were local actor John Bell and Maree Mann from the Waverley Woollahra Art School, with the Mayor of Woollahra, Susan Wynne, presenting the prizes. The competition was kindly supported by Woollahra Council through their placemaking grant scheme.

Cick here for a more detailed report and photos.

QSWWA Paint Queen Street First Prize Winner Frankie Nankivell with her painting ‘Village Corner’

QSWWA Paint Queen Street First Prize Winner Frankie Nankivell with her painting ‘Village Corner’

French Week in Queen Street

In March 2018, Woollahra took on a magnifique French flavour with the QSWWA French Week in Queen Street. This was a week-long program of events for all the business to participate and show off their French connection. Celebrations included an opening French-themed cocktail party at Hotel Centennial; a 100 French wine degustation at Moncur Cellars; special French food and wine lunches and dinners at Bistro Moncur, Victor Churchill and Luxe cafe; French musicians roaming the streets; French tapestries at Perryman Carpets; French artwork at Leonard Joel Auction House; boule lessons in Centennial Park; talks on Paris and French art at The Woollahra Bookshop and M Contemporary Gallery; and French fashion in Reads and Mini Raxevsky. The week was a resounding success, with numerous local residents commenting how much they had enjoyed it and many local businesses reporting a jump in business.

The event was kindly supported by Woollahra Council through their placemaking grant scheme.

Cick here for a more detailed report and photos. 

Protecting our unique village atmosphere

The Association has never lost its major focus on protecting and preserving the unique village atmosphere of Queen Street and its surrounds. In March 2020, the QSWWA was alerted to a proposal in the Development Application for the redevelopment of former White City site in Paddington to route construction vehicles to through Woollahra, including Hargrave, Moncur and Queen Streets. This would have causd a major disruption to our quality of life in Woollahra village, and was totally avoidable through taking a much more direct route from the site to New South Head Road. The QSWWA quickly emailed all members and included a flyer in the Village Voice, alerting residents to the plan and urging them to contact the Council and lodge an objection. The campaign was a major success, with the Council receiving over 100 objections and the developer changing their proposal and taking the direct route and not through Woollahra.

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PO Box 16, Woollahra, NSW 1350 

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