About us

Who we are

We believe in making our regional towns and cities a great place to live and work, both now and for future generations. We do this by working with government, community and not for profit organisations who need help navigating the complexities of the regulatory system.

We are not traditional town planners and lawyers – we use our unique blend of skills and experience to develop practical and outcome based solutions for our clients. This includes working across council functions, understanding different levels of government and collaborating with our communities.  The end game is more vibrant and prosperous places for us all to enjoy.


Our Story

Locale Consulting was founded by strategic planner Steve Thompson almost 10 years ago on the south coast of NSW. Steve created Locale Consulting with the vision of being a niche consultancy which had no conflicts of interest and delivered practical and personalised services for the local government sector. 

Not long after, Steve was joined by Emma Broomfield, who is a qualified lawyer and mediator with a wealth of experience in the sector. Emma expanded our services to include legal and governance advice, and conflict resolution services. 

Our team expanded further when principal planner Cinnamon Dunsford joined the fold, bringing additional resources and experience in the areas of planning, community engagement and policy development.

Over five years ago we relocated the business to the small coastal town of Woolgoolga. As well as a growing portfolio of clients on the mid and north coasts, we retain a strong client base on the south coast and continue to operate a mobile office in the Shoalhaven area to service our clients’ needs.

As we come close to celebrating our 10th birthday, we have grown with the addition of Lelia Kamphorst and Michelle Ryan – enhancing our capacity in community engagement and strategy work.  


our services

Locale Consulting specialises in consulting and legal services to the local government and not for profit sectors in regional NSW.

Our complementary suite of services include:

/   grant funding     strategy and policy

/   community engagement  /   mediation

/   governance     legal advice   

/   procurement solutions    /   training and development

We also work closely with like minded consultants to expand our spectrum of services to include master planning and design, project and contract management, environmental assessment and asset planning.  We can also provide conflict coaching and workplace training to your organisation.

Our clients

We have a growing list of government and not for profit clients on the south and north coast of New South Wales.


local government

Shoalhaven City Council (www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au)

Shellharbour City Council (www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au)

Kiama Municipal Council (www.kiama.nsw.gov.au)

Wingecarribee Shire Council (www.wsc.nsw.gov.au)

Wollondilly Shire Council (www.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au)

Eurobodalla Shire Council (www.esc.nsw.gov.au)

Bega Valley Shire Council (www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au)

Wollongong City Council (www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au)

Goulburn Mulwaree Shire Council (www.goulburn.nsw.gov.au)

Coffs Harbour City Council (www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au)

Bellingen Shire Council (www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au)

Richmond Valley Council (www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au)

Clarence Valley Council (www.clarence.nsw.gov.au)

Lismore City Council (www.lismore.nsw.gov.au)

Glen Innes Severn Shire Council (www.gisc.nsw.gov.au)

Greater Taree City Council (now MidCoast Council)

MidCoast Council (www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au)

Penrith City Council (www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au)

Blacktown City Council (www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au)


Not for profits

Bundanon Trust

Motorcycling NSW

Grand Pacific Health

Wollongong University

Northern Rivers Screenworks

Rainbow Cottage

Shoalhaven City Turf Club

Urban Growth NSW

Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local


who we have helped

We have worked across many council service areas and operations including:

 waste services    economic development   /   strategic planning     recreation and open space   /   cemeteries   /   aquatics   /   development assessment   /   grants

/   tourism and events   /   environmental planning and services   /   legal services and governance   /   assets and works     water supply   /   arts   /   tourist parks

 general managers office   /   community engagement   /   property   /   integrated planning and reporting   /   community facilities   /   business units   /   project delivery


PO Box 53 Woolgoolga NSW 2456

Phone: 0419 700 401

Email: info@localeconsulting.com.au

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