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.
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, Katrina Burbidge and Michelle Ryan – enhancing our capacity in strategic planning, community engagement and strategy work.
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
/ 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.
Our council clients
We have a growing list of councils and community clients on the south and north coast of New South Wales.
Bega Valley Shire Council / Bellingen Shire Council / Blacktown City Council / Byron Shire Council / Central Coast Council / Clarence Valley Council / Coffs Harbour City Council / Eurobodalla Shire Council / Glen Innes Severn Shire Council / Goulburn Mulwaree Shire Council / Greater Taree City Council / Hawkesbury Council / Hills Shire Council / Kempsey Shire Council / Kiama Municipal Council / Lismore City Council / MidCoast Council / Newcastle City Council / Penrith City Council / Richmond Valley Council / Shellharbour City Council / Shoalhaven City Council / Tenterfield Shire Council / Upper Hunter Shire Council / Wingecarribee Shire Council / Wollondilly Shire Council / Wollongong City Council
who we have helped
We have worked across many council service areas and operations: 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
Bundanon Trust / Destination Network SSS / Grand Pacific Health / Goulburn Motorcycle Club / Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local / Motorcycling NSW / Muswellbrook Race Club / Northern Rivers Screenworks / Rainbow Cottage / Reflections Holiday Parks / Shoalhaven City Turf Club / Tathra Beach Bowling Club / Urban Growth NSW / Wollongong University