Dick Cahill Memorial Scholarship

Each year we award up to six scholarships that include complimentary registration and accommodation to the Finance Conference. This offers recipients a unique opportunity to learn from sector leaders in finance, build professional networks, and develop new skills that are invaluable for career development. 


Scholarship Inclusions

  • Registration for the 2023 Finance Conference, 6 - 8 December at the Western Sydney Conference Centre
  • Two nights' accommodation at The Pullman Hotel, Penrith
  • Registration for any ancillary events associated with the conference

Up to Six Scholarships Awarded

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

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


Applicants must:

  • Be a member of LG Professionals, NSW
  • Be employed (not on a contract) at a NSW Council
  • Have written confirmation from their Director or General Managers that permission is granted to attend the 2023 Finance Conference if successful.
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. 


Conference Attendance

Successful scholarship recipients will be asked to capture their experience at the conference by taking a few photos - and we’ll share as a LinkedIn post. In addition, they’ll provide us with a post conference report in word or video format.

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.

Scholarship terms and conditions

Previous recipients

2022 Scholarship Winner

Amanda Cover
Financial Planning Coordinator
Mid-Western Regional Council.

2022 Scholarship Winner

Kaitlin Salzke
Chief Financial Officer
Murrumbidgee Council.

 If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact our membership manager Brooke Atkinson at 
[email protected] or call 02 8297 1212