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 Next Gen Member Network. 

2019 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

Memorial Award

Samantha Lamont
Assistant Corporate Accountant, Shellharbour City Council

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 as part of their registration at the annual LG Finance conference will be invited to a Next Gen member networking breakfast, as well as joining first time conference attendees for morning tea before the conference kicks off. Scholarship recipients will also enjoy a new role as a social media ambassador for the duration of the conference, providing the opportunity for profile exposure in the sector.


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 invite to attend the Finance conference held by our Federation partners in either Queensland, Victoria or South Australia. Costs of registration, travel and accommodation are included as part of the award.


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.