Dick Cahill Memorial Scholarship

Each year, up to six scholarships are available to members of LG Professionals, NSW wanting to attend the 2024 Finance Conference. This conference offers a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in the sector, build and expand professional networks, and develop new skills invaluable for career development.


  • Registration for the 2024 Finance Conference, 4 - 6 December 2024 at the Western Sydney Conference Centre.
  • Two nights' accommodation at The Pullman Hotel, Penrith. 
  • Registration for any ancillary events associated with the conference.


There are six scholarships awarded across the following three categories:

  • Two young professionals (under the age of 35 years) 
  • Two members working in Rural councils
  • Two members from Small LGAs (population less than 30,000)

Check if your council is classified as Rural or a Small LGA here

Eligibility & Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a financial member of LG Professionals, NSW
  • Be employed (not on a contract) at a NSW Council
  • Have written confirmation from their Director or General Manager that permission is granted to attend the 2024 Finance Conference if successful.
  • If successful, provide LG Professionals, NSW with a written or video report no more than 30 days after the Finance Conference, detailing their experiences, and accompanied by at least two photos of them at the conference.
Individuals are only eligible to receive a scholarship once to provide an opportunity to others to access this scholarship.  The scholarship is not transferable and must be used in the same year that it was awarded. 

The Association's standard Scholarship Terms & Conditions apply.


Click below to apply. Applications close 30 August 2024.

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Who was Dick Cahill?

Dick Cahill was a well known local government finance professional who contributed so much to his profession, spanning over 35 years. Dick was still working for Camden Council and had only just announced that he was retiring from local government before his sudden death in October 2001, and his loss was felt by many. His name will be treasured for a long time to come. In recognition of the importance of promoting professional development opportunities for members, we encourage members to apply for the Dick Cahill Memorial Scholarship.

2023 Recipients

Sangita Prajapati

Finance Team Leader
Bourke Shire Council
Recipient of the Rural Scholarship

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Alice McCowan

Rates Officer
Inner West Council
Recipient of the Young Professional Scholarship

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Taylah Hazelman

Berrigan Shire Council
Recipient of the Small LGA Scholarship

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Lachlan White

Accounting Officer (Assets)
Shoalhaven Council
Recipient of the Young Professional Scholarship

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