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 consultants – 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 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 trained lawyer and mediator with a wealth of experience in the sector. 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 seven 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 and across the Great Dividing range, we retain a strong client base on the south coast.

Since then, we have grown with the addition of Keelan Birch enhancing our capacity in strategic planning, community engagement and strategy work. Most recently, Jessica Supple has joined us providing administrative and project support to the team. 

So far, we have worked in over 40 local government areas across NSW and helped many community organisations along the way.

As we look forward to the next 10 years, we remain proud to be in business in regional NSW, helping to connect communities and councils.

This year our journey continues with the launch of our hub for local councillor training and support – Locale Learning.


our services

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

Our complementary suite of services include:

/   grant funding   

 strategy and policy

/   statutory and strategic planning

/   public land management 

/   community engagement 

/   community-led planning

/   mediation and conflict resolution

/   governance and training

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.

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

Steve Thompson Emma Broomfield Cinnamon Dunsford

community & GOVERNMENT clients

Bundanon Trust   /   Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of NSW   /   Destination Network SSS  /   Grand Pacific Health  /   Goulburn Motorcycle Club   /  Holiday Haven Tourist Parks   /   Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local   /   Motorcycling NSW   /   Muswellbrook Race Club   /   Northern Rivers Screenworks   /   Rainbow Cottage   /   Reflections Holiday Parks   /    Shoalhaven City Turf Club  /   State Emergency Services   /   Tathra Beach Bowling Club   /   Urban Growth NSW   /  Wollongong University

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P     PO Box 53 Woolgoolga NSW 2456

T     0419 700 401

E     info@localeconsulting.com.au

Locale Consulting acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and we pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging. 

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