community engagement

We can help you empower your community through engagement and consultation.


our Approach to community engagement

Engaging and working collaboratively with your community builds capacity, resilient relationships and strengthens the planning, decision making and project implementation process.

We believe that well-planned engagement can identify emerging issues enabling you to proactively position your organisation to address the situation. This means better outcomes for your communities.

With a growing trend in local government legislation to engage with communities and other levels of government in decision making, it is also important to know how to do this effectively. 

We have the expertise to design and implement participation processes that meet your needs (including time and budget). Our community engagement services are led by Steve Thompson and Cinnamon Dunsford, who both have the leading qualifications in community engagement from IAP2. 

For a free and initial discussion about your community consultation needs, please contact Steve on:

 0419 700 401 


HoW WE CAN HELP with engaging your community

Locale Consulting can assist you working with your community by:

/   Identifying and creating the most effective consultation approach to achieve your desired outcome such as public meetings, workshops, information sessions, surveys and questionnaires

/   Building more resilient relationships in dealing with complex issues and change

/   Enhancing your reputation as an open and accountable organisation that is willing to involve and listen to the community

/   Acting as an independent chair of public hearings for changes to local environmental plans or public land reclassification

/   Facilitating public meetings about contentious community issues

/   Creating robust community engagement strategies or policies for your organisation

/   Integrating an engagement strategy alongside a new plan or project

/   Resolving disputes or problems in the consultation process quickly, confidentially and cost effectively through mediation

/   Designing a community engagement process which satisfies your legislative requirements

Our Work

We deliver practical and outcome based solutions in our projects and for our clients. Below are some recent examples of our community engagement projects.

You can also find out more about other projects in our complementary service areas.

What our clients say

We have a proven track record working with local councils and not for profit organisations who need help navigating the complexities of the government system. This is what some of our happy clients have to say about us.

This project involved extensive collaboration with both the local community and community leaders across eight unique coastal localities. Locale did a brilliant job of coalescing complex matters into a straightforward document – that we can now use to drive projects and respond to funding opportunities for the Bay & Basin over the next 20 years.

Veronica Husted Bay & Basin Community Financial Services
Veronica Husted

Thank you so much for your excellent facilitation of the CPP workshop.

Manager Environmental & Economic Planning Byron Shire Council
Manager Environmental & Economic Planning

The professionalism and expertise of Locale Consulting in this space provided great value to the reclassification process for Council and moved it forward.

Terry Dwyer - Strategic Planning Co-orindator Clarence Valley Council
Terry Dwyer - Strategic Planning Co-orindator

Steve has facilitated a very innovative planning model for the coastal village of Shoalhaven Heads. The Shoalhaven Heads Strategic Plan has been an instrument which has been driven by the community and made into an evolving document by Steve which has now been adopted by Shoalhaven City Council and endorsed by all levels of government.

Community Leader Shoalhaven Heads Community Forum
Community Leader
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