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.
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 Katrina Burbidge and Michelle Ryan – enhancing our capacity in strategic planning, community engagement and strategy work. We have worked for over 30 local councils 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.
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
/ mediation and conflict resolution
/ 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 / Dubbo Regional Council / Eurobodalla Shire Council / Glen Innes Severn Shire Council / Goulburn Mulwaree Shire Council / Greater Taree City Council / Gunnedah Shire Council / Hawkesbury Council / Hills Shire Council / Kempsey Shire Council / Kiama Municipal Council / Lake Macquarie City Council / Lismore City Council / MidCoast Council / Newcastle City Council / Penrith City Council / Richmond Valley Council / Shellharbour City Council / Shoalhaven City Council / Tenterfield Shire Council / The Hills 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
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