The Locale Learning team

Council learning & training experts

Our story

Locale Learning is the training arm of Locale Consulting – a boutique consulting firm with a proven track record working with local government across regional NSW. Having seen first-hand how local councils shape everyday lives, our experts recognised the need for enhanced and timely training and resources to support strong local leadership.

Locale Learning was established in 2020 to deliver engaging, relevant and practical learning opportunities for local councillors to maximise their impact on the communities they serve.

Collectively, our team brings decades of experience in local government legislation, strategic planning, communication and community engagement. We have woven this experience into our online and in-person learning opportunities.

We approach learning with three key values in mind:

Strengths based – learn what to do and not just what to avoid.

Tailored content – learn from relevant content matched to the stage in the journey.

Practical focus – learn from real life examples and case studies, not just the theory.

Our team

Emma Broomfield

Founder & Chief Educator

Emma is a qualified mediator and former lawyer with close to 20 years experience in the local government industry. Her passion is helping communities work better together. She strongly believes in the power of local leaders to transform local communities. As a Code of Conduct reviewer and experienced trainer, Emma brings unique insights into the challenges local councillors face. She is the lead educator and coach at Locale Learning.

Steve Thompson

Local Government Expert

Steve brings over 20 years experience working on local government projects across many council functions and operations. His specialities include public land management, strategic planning, community engagement, grant funding and project implementation. As a former advisor to the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, Steve understands the political dimensions of decision making and how to navigate the complexities of the local government system.

Cinnamon Dunsford

Planning & Engagement Guru

Cinnamon is a certified practising planner and community engagement specialist with an exceptional knowledge of the NSW planning system. Her love is community led and grassroots planning. Cinnamon is known for her fantastic facilitation skills and ability to transform community dreams into action. She works closely with councils and communities to align visions and aspirations with practical solutions.

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