Dick Cahill Memorial Scholarship

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. 

The Dick Cahill Memorial Scholarship encourages the ongoing development and training of up and coming finance professional staff, and the opportunity to participate in the local government sector as a member of the Next Gen Member Network. 

Scholarship Inclusions

Up to six successful scholarship recipients receive:

• Full conference registration to attend LG Finance 
• Two night’s accommodation at the conference venue
• Registration for any ancillary events associated with the conference

Scholarship recipients act as social media ambassador for the duration of the conference, providing the opportunity for profile exposure in the sector.


Applicants must have been an LG Professionals, NSW member for the past twelve months and their membership fees up to date at time of application.

This scholarship is open to members who are under 35 years of age. A maximum of two entries will be considered per council.

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 Nominations close Friday, 18 February 2022


Scholarship recipients will be required to:

  • Record video messaging for social media regarding their experience attending LG Finance as one of the Dick Cahill Memorial Scholarship Recipients;
  • The winner of the Dick Cahill Memorial Award - participate as part of either the Next Gen Executive Committee or Finance Professionals Executive Committee for 12 months following receipt of the scholarship.




Samantha Lamont

Assistant Corporate Accountant
Shellharbour City Council

Winner 2019 Dick Cahill Memorial Award

Dick Cahill Memorial Award


All scholarship recipients are nominated for the Dick Cahill Memorial Award which is announced at the LG Finance conference dinner. 

The best application as judged by the Executive Committee, will be awarded the Dick Cahill Memorial Award. 

The winner will receive an invitation to attend the Finance conference held by one of our Federation partners in Queensland, Victoria or South Australia. Costs of registration, travel and accommodation are included as part of the award.  

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Cassandra Cleary Finance Business Partner, City of Newcastle

Christiana Christofi Assistant Accountant, Willoughby City Council

Samantha Lamont Assistant Corporate Accountant, Shellharbour City Council

Julia Zotova Management Accountant, City of Newcastle