About us

On 9 November 1980, Lionel and Marg Walsh opened the doors of Walsh Accounting with the dream of building a stronger future for their growing family. The firm has enjoyed steady growth over 39 years to achieve its goal of becoming Specialist Business and Community Accountants.  The firm has grown from a sole practitioner business to a regional firm servicing clients all over Queensland. The growth of Walsh Accounting can be attributed to one thing – quality.  Over many years we have developed our staff, systems and technology to ensure we are able to provide the same high level of service to all clients, however big or small.

Meet the Team

Lionel Walsh – Managing Partner

B Com - Accounting, Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA)

Lionel Walsh is the founding partner of Walsh Accounting. He has been a qualified accountant and registered tax agent since the firm commenced in 1980.  He became a Registered Company Auditor in 1997, and has over 28 yrs experience in local government,  company and SMSF audits.  Working predominately with small to medium businesses, Lionel has extensive exposure to rural businesses.

Lionel has progressed to Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) status, which means he is recognised as an expert in his field. FCPAs are renowned as having gained unparalleled experience in the field of accounting and finance and the fellowship marks the strong, ongoing relationship with CPA Australia. 

Lionel loves puzzles - crosswords, riddles etc - but his favourite puzzles are finding the best solutions for his clients.  Lionel has been involved in negotiations with senior ATO Officers regarding various taxation issues including complex capital gains tax matters for both small and large businesses alike. 

"It is a great feeling to work through a complex set of problems and to identify a strategy or achieve a result which improves the outcome for a client "

Lionel specialises in:

  • Tax planning,  
  • Capital gains tax,
  • Business structures,
  • Audit – company, local government and SMSF

Lionel is a mad keen tennis player, with more than 50+ yrs experience on the tennis court.  Lionel plays weekly fixtures holding the Number 1 ranking for his team.  He is a life member of the Barcaldine Tennis Club.  Lionel is a proud and passionate family man with 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Walsh Accounting really is a family business - with wife Marg, 5 children, 4 extended family members and 2 grandchildren all working for the business at one point in time.  Lionel's superpower is grammar and spelling.  

"I enjoy the family feeling. I have always been a family person. We have our own family in the usual sense of the word but Walsh Accounting provides me with two more families. The first is the work family. To me, everyone who works at Walsh Accounting is a much-loved member of the office family. I really like that. The second is our client family. Our clients are collectively an extended family. We share in their lives and they share in ours. This is rich and rewarding." 

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Tony Walsh – Partner

B. Bus - Accounting, CPA, MBA, Grad Dip. Local Government Management, JP

Tony is a CPA qualified accountant and registered tax agent. Tony has had many years' experience as a manager in State and local government before entering into public practice.  He holds a current CPA Public Practice Certificate.

Tony provides tax and business advice to emerging business clients in a diverse range of industries. 

'I find achieving great results for our clients extremely rewarding - helping them with more than just the standard services, but finding real solutions or providing new ideas.' 

Tony specialises in:

  • Management Accounting and 'CFO for hire'
  • Superannuation & SMSF
  • Community Accounting,
  • Audit,
  • Taxation

'Helping clients identify and stay focused on their big picture and business goals'  is just one of the ways Tony feels he adds value to his clients.   Tony has a particular interest and expertise in Superannuation, a field which can be quite nuanced and complex.  

Tony enjoys 'being part of a team that wants to provide service to the highest standard.'

Growing up in Barcaldine, Tony loved the great outdoors playing Tennis, Basketball and Cricket - now that he is a father he is sharing this passion with his four kids.  Tony is heavily involved in Junior Tennis and Junior Cricket here in Barcaldine - helping out as a coach and holding positions on the committee.  

Tony's personal contribution to the local community includes, but is not limited to Barcaldine Lawn Tennis Club Inc, Barcaldine & District Historical Association, Barcaldine Cricket Club Inc and Barcaldine Business Retention and Expansion Group Inc.  Tony was awarded Barcaldine Citizen of the Year 2017 for his service and invaluable contribution to the Barcaldine community.  Tony's superpower is his Barista coffee making skills.  

Jamie Walsh – Technical Officer

Jamie 'runs a tight ship' here at Walsh Accounting as Technical Officer.  He is our first port of call and provides excellent support to all of the staff here at Walsh Accounting. 

Jamie is also an invaluable resource to many of our business clients.  Jamie brings both a practical and detailed approach to taxation matters as they relate to business situations.  Jamie is able to assist you to understand and make well informed, compliant decisions when trying to achieve business efficiencies and improve business processes. Jamie is a firm believer that the financial services industry is not so much 'knowing the numbers', but rather 'knowing your clients' where relationships and understanding are extremely important.  Jamie receives his greatest reward from assisting clients achieve their best possible results from the advice that he is able to provide their unique situation and circumstances.

Jamie specialises in:

  • Cloud Accounting
  • Business processes and technology
  • Community Accounting and Audit
  • Business and Individual Taxation

Jamie's personal contribution to the local community includes but is not limited to, Barcaldine Bowling Club Inc, Barcaldine Lawn Tennis Club Inc, Barcaldine Cricket Club Inc and the Barcaldine Arts Council Inc.

In Jamie's spare time (cough,cough) he helps run a Walsh family cattle property east of Barcaldine. Jamie's superpower is patience and ability to remain calm under pressure.


Cara Burger - Senior Accountant

B. Bus - Accounting

Cara's accounting career started at High School, where she demonstrated a natural flair for figures and bookkeeping.  After her first year of studying her Bachelor of Business, Accounting at Central Queensland University, CQU, the opportunity to work as a Trainee Accountant in Mackay became available.  An opportunity she jumped at to learn the ropes, while completing her Accounting degree by distance education.  After graduation she continued as an full time Accountant until she started her family. 

Cara moved to Barcaldine as a newly wed where her family continued to grow to include 3 children, 2 cats and 2 dogs.  While raising her young family, Cara continued to work providing bookkeeping services for a range of small businesses and volunteering with not for profit organisations.

Cara commenced working with Walsh Accounting in April 2013 and is in charge of the general accounting work for clients, excelling in assisting clients with the preparation of financial statements and tax returns. 

Cara specialises in:

  • Community Accounting
  • Business Financials and Tax returns
  • Individual Tax returns

Cara is a very talented and creative individual - she is an amazing singer and baker.  She is regularly asked to sing at local events and functions.  She also initiated and organised community workshops for singing and the dramatic arts.  Cara's commitment to the Barcaldine cultural scene extends to volunteering as Treasurer of the Barcaldine Arts Council Inc.  Cara's superpower is her relentless support and encouragement of the people and passions in her life.  


Liezl Wilbers - Senior Accountant

B. Accounting

Liezl did not enjoy accounting at school and instead went into the family restaurant business until a visit from an Auditor sparked a life long passion for accounting and audit. Liezl completed her Bachelor of Accounting in Cape Town, South Africa and then started work with a small accounting practice in Caledon, South Africa where she completed her articles and then moved back to Cape Town to continue her accountancy.

Liezl and her husband moved over to Barcaldine, Queensland in February 2009 when she first starting working with Walsh Accounting until July 2010 when she moved back home to Cape Town, South Africa with her young family to be closer to family. While there Liezl continued Accountancy for another 6 years and then Auditor for 4 years.

Leizl bought her family back to Barcaldine at the beginning of 2020 and we were absolutley thrilled and delighted to welcome Leizl and her now bigger family back into the Walsh Accounting fold. Leizl genuinely loves Accounting and enjoys assisting clients with the preparation of financial statements and tax returns. Liezl also enjoys to flex her auditor muscles with community club auditing and company audits.

Liezl specialises in:

  • Audit
  • Community Accounting
  • Business Financials and Tax returns
  • Individual Tax returns

Liezl is a very 'unwilling' runner, enthusiastic tennis player and loves to share an active lifestyle with her family. Liezl and her family have recently welcomed Elsa the boxer puppy to the family and since returning to Barcaldine has been actively involved it the community with clubs such as the Barcaldine Swim club.  Liezl's superpower is that she is  multilingual,  speaking in both Afrikaans and English.

Neta Arnold - Senior Bookeeper

Neta has been a long standing and highly valued member of Walsh Accounting, being a key member of the the team since 2000.

Neta specialises in:

  • Bookkeeping
  • GST and Business Activity Statements
  • Client Reporting and profitability
  • Fuel Tax Credits
  • Payroll

Within the Walsh Accounting team, Neta helps clients with their day-to-day bookkeeping using the bank feeds, and ensures GST-registered clients meet their taxation requirements.

Neta finds it most rewarding to help clients 'by taking the worry out of their deadlines and tax office obligations, which frees them up to concentrate on actually running their business.  I love seeing clients succeed and being appreciated by my fellow team members.'

Neta is our resident 'animal whisperer' and goat trainer.  Neta enjoys working on her own hobby farm, keeping a menagerie of different animals - cattle, sheep, goats, horses, chooks, dogs, guinea fowl and pigs.  Neta is a hobby goat trainer, with her goats being participants in the annual Tree of Knowledge Goat Race.  

Neta's personal contribution to the local community includes, but is not limited to - Barcaldine Pony Club Inc, Barcaldine Amateur Swimming Club Inc. Neta's superpower is her ability to deflect compliments.  Neta was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year 2020 in the local Australia Day Awards. 

Christine Waugh - Bookkeeper and Business Administrator

Prior to working at Walsh Accounting, Christine worked in the Health Industry and owned her own business.  Chrissy bought her quiet and caring nature with her to Walsh Accounting, providing invaluable support to both staff and clients alike. Chrissy wears many hats here at Walsh Accounting.

Christine specialises in:

  • Bookkeeping,
  • Payroll and Business Administration
  • Individual tax returns

So don't hesitate to call Chrissy if you have any administrative problems.

Chrissy and her husband Mike are amazing gardeners, their very green thumbs keep everyone at Walsh Accounting regularly stocked up with fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Being the first born daughter of Lionel and Marg, Chrissy has tennis in her blood.  Chrissy is a very skillful tennis player and active member of the Barcaldine Tennis Club both on and off the court. Chrissy's superpower is her infectious laugh and unwavering loyalty.  

Kylie Angel - Administration Officer

B.Sc - Applied Psychology, Grad Cert. Human Resource Management

Kylie grew up on a cattle property north of Rockhampton.  Following graduation from the University of Southern Queensland, USQ, Kylie worked as a HR Graduate in the employment services industry in Rockhampton and then progressed further with a Specialist Recruitment Agency in Brisbane, providing recruitment services within the Government, Banking and Finance industries.  Kylie further developed her knowledge in Human Resources through her completion of a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from the Queensland University of Technology, QUT.

Kylie moved to Barcaldine with her husband, Tony Walsh and family in 2009 and started working with Walsh Accounting in August 2010 where she has worked with the team to implement various projects such as Family First project, development of the website and marketing duties as well as supporting the team with general administration.

Kylie specialises in:

  • Recruitment
  • Marketing and Social Media

Kylie contributes to the following community organisations - Barcaldine Arts Council and Barcaldine Art Exhibition assisting in the organisation of annual exhibitions and events.  Kylie assists the Barcaldine Lawn Tennis Club Inc with management of their Facebook pages. 



Your Business

We offer a wide range of services to help you set up, run and grow your business as effectively and as stress free as possible.


You and your family

Need help getting your family finances in order? Our specialist services include Taxation, SMSF services, estate planning plus many more.


Your community

Our team can assist your community organisation with their financial reporting and auditing needs.