Early in 1973, the Royal Blind Society made an application to demolish Waimea House and sent in the bulldozers. Reaction was swift and effective. Through the action of local residents, the Builders Labourers Federation was persuaded to put an immediate black ban on the work. Unfortunately the veranda, windows and much of the roof had already been ripped off leaving only the fabric of the building and masonry. A protest meeting on the site that evening attracted 100 local residents. The following week, the Royal Blind Society decided not to continue with the demolition, leaving it up to the Association to provide tarpaulins on the roof to keep out the rain, and later volunteer labour for a clean-up. Sadly, the building was then left derelict until 1987, when the then new owners received approval for a full restoration approved by the Heritage Council of NSW.
The Association wanted a sympathetic planning scheme for the area and in 1974, submitted a draft action plan to Woollahra Council as a model for proposed planning and zoning principles which was finally adopted by the Council in 1980. Its most important elements were a height limit of 9.5 metres on new buildings and a conservation zoning over the whole area. However, it still took another five years for the planning scheme to be finalised and gazetted by the State government.
The Association was also instrumental in getting a Victorian fountain and surrounding pond installed in Davies Reserve, on the corner of Queen and Oxford Streets. The fountain had originally stood in the front garden of the Rosemont Estate in Ocean Street and was donated by the Burrell family.. Working together with Woollahra Council, the Association arranged for the restoration and installation of the fountain,which was opened in November 1987. After nearly 30 years of service, it was overhauled again in 2016 by the Council. which then it renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Fountain.
The Davies Reserve fountain in its original location in the Rosemont Estate