our team

Cinnamon Dunsford Principal Planner

Areas of expertise

/   Strategic planning

 Regional, urban & coastal planning

/   Statutory planning

/   Community engagement & community led         planning

/   Facilitation

/   Public land management

/   Planning proposals

/   Public hearings

/   Cemetery planning

/   Tourism planning & tourist parks

/   Plans of management


Cinnamon dunsford

Principal Planner

Cinnamon is a Registered Planner and experienced community engagement practitioner with over 15 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 Australasia (IAP2) Certificate in Engagement.

Cinnamon is valued for her experience and skill in holistically managing all stages of planning projects. This includes preparing strategic planning documents, then moving through the consultation phases and into the development implementation.

Cinnamon joined our team in 2013 and undertakes a range of strategic and statutory planning projects with a focus on best practice community engagement.  Since joining Locale Consulting, Cinnamon has been able to assist councils and communities to deliver on projects that respond to their needs and to help to bridge the gaps that can be present between the two.  She has strong communication skills which underpin her planning knowledge and result in effective community engagement processes.

Cinnamon regularly draws upon her experience as a Senior Strategic Planner with the Shoalhaven City Council, where she led two major project teams that were the recipients of NSW PIA Excellence in Planning Awards, being the Nowra Bomaderry Structure Plan (2006 – Rural and Regional Planning Achievement Category) and the Shoalhaven Citywide LEP (2012 – Community Engagement Category). She is able to put herself into “the clients shoes” to ensure projects are delivered within the constraints and opportunities of local government.

Cinnamon was also the strategic planning co-ordinator for major development applications, providing a detailed understanding of the multi-disciplinary needs of major projects, as well as the varying and complex issues facing regional councils in their assessment of such projects.  In addition to her regionally based experience, Cinnamon also has experience in environmental planning with a large multi-disciplinary consulting firm and in strategic planning for some of Sydney’s fastest growing areas.

Cinnamon is in the final stages of completing a Masters Degree and has particular interest in stakeholder engagement / facilitation, as well as planning law.  Cinnamon has overseen the development of a number of voluntary planning agreements (VPAs), been an expert witness in the Land & Environment Court and presented papers at a number of conferences.


Registered Planner, Planning Institute of Australia – Current

Certificate in Engagement, International Association for Public Participation– 2015

Certificate IV in Local Government & Diploma in Local Government, NSW TAFE – 2011

Bachelor of Town Planning (First Class Honours), University of New South Wales – 1997

Nearing completion of Master of Environmental Law/ Master of Management, University of Wollongong


Member – Planning Institute of Australia

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