About us


Our team is energetic, professional and approachable. We are passionate about helping our communities prosper and making our regional cities and places a great place to live and work, both for now and for future generations.

 Our mission is to provide you with practical and outcome based solutions, which make a difference to your community.

We understand the complexities of local government in regional areas – with our team having extensive experience in the industry in both the private and public sectors. Together we bring a complementary skill set across our services which sets us apart from other consultants.

We also work closely with like minded consultants who complement our spectrum of services.  By successfully partnering with our collaborators we can tailor our services to include master planning and design services, project and contract management, asset management engineering and environmental assessment. We can also provide conflict coaching and workplace training.

Our Team | Steve Thompson Director Planning and Strategy

Steve Thompson
Director – Planning and Strategy

Steve is a qualified planner with a strong focus on strategic and policy development. He has over 20 years’ experience across various areas of government and in private practice in Australia and overseas.

He holds the leading qualifications in community engagement from International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and has successfully delivered hundreds of projects for his clients across a range of policy and operational settings.

Steve has a reputation for delivering high quality and strategic advice. He has a unique understanding of project delivery, particularly through a local government context and balancing the competing demands that are often present. 

Contact Steve

T     0419 700 401

E     steve@localeconsulting.com.au

Our team |Emma Broomfield Director Legal Governance Mediation

 Emma Broomfield
Director – Governance, Mediation

Emma is a trained lawyer and nationally accredited mediator with almost 20 years’ experience in the local government sector. She has gained valuable experience in Sydney, the United Kingdom, and regional New South Wales.

Over this time, Emma has specialised in providing legal, governance and conflict resolution services, and is appointed as an independent Code of Conduct reviewer for numerous councils across NSW. She is also a trainer and facilitator, and founder of Locale Learning.

Emma has an established reputation for her professional approach and provision of practical and quality advice. She is known for her calm and empathetic qualities.

Contact Emma

T     0421 180 881

E     emma@localeconsulting.com.au

Our team |Cinnamon Dunsford Principal Planner

Cinnamon Dunsford
Principal Planner

Cinnamon is a Certified Practising Planner and experienced community engagement practitioner with close to 20 years’ experience in the local government sector. She has a range of strategic, coastal, rural, environmental and economic planning experience.

She is a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and has completed the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Certificate in Engagement.

Cinnamon is valued for her experience and skill in holistically managing all stages of planning projects, and is known for her fantastic facilitation skills.

Contact Cinnamon

T     0401 447 603

E     cinnamon@localeconsulting.com.au

Our Team | Michelle Ryan Office Manager

Keelan Birch


Keelan brings an enthusiastic approach to planning with a range of strategic, statutory and environmental planning experience. Keelan has a keen interest in working on projects that shape the future of regional NSW.

He has previous experience working as a Graduate Town Planner at a multi-disciplinary consultancy in regional NSW which involved a diverse range of projects including delivering statutory and strategic planning documents. This role gained Keelan exposure to complex projects has developed his exceptional time management skills when it comes to delivering professional documents for a deadline.

Contact Keelan

T     0448 037 654

E     keelan@localeconsulting.com.au

Our Team | Michelle Ryan Office Manager

Michelle Ryan 
Office Manager

Michelle has a background in human resources, learning and  development and administration, as well as events, with experience working in both small businesses and large corporations. This includes the hospitality, tourism and entertainment industries.

Michelle operates with a high level of confidentiality and sensitivity, as well as organisational awareness.

Michelle joined the Locale team in August 2018, providing additional research capability and hands on experience in areas such as event management and project planning as well as being support for the Locale team.

Contact Michelle

T     0439 754 733

E     michelle@localeconsulting.com.au

P     PO Box 53 Woolgoolga NSW 2456

T     0419 700 401

E     info@localeconsulting.com.au

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