Taking the Stress out of Building

Ask anyone who has built a home and they will most likely tell you that it is arguably the most exciting – and at the same time, stressful undertaking they have ever done. There is so much to consider, from the location through to landscaping and one hundred and one other things along the way. High on the list of stressors is the planning process. Dealing with local council planning departments can be a minefield to the unwary. Ensuring that all the required details are correct and the application is accurate is not for the faint hearted. This is where the professionals can step in and make life just that little bit easier.

Tessa Ambrose and her team at Central Vic. Planning Consultants are the professionals who have the experience and expertise to shoulder the burden for home builders. Located in Clunes, Tessa worked in the building industry for seven years before deciding to set up her own consultancy, bringing with her considerable insight into the planning process. Starting her own business has been a massive challenge, but she is delighted with the direction it has taken. Tessa says, “Running my own consultancy allows me to maintain the personal touch with clients and gives me flexibility in my work life.”

Before the move to the country, Tessa worked in administration and was for a time driving trams in Melbourne until traffic and other hazards pointed her in other directions. She and her husband run a small farm breeding Suffolk sheep along with a variety of other animals. Tessa is also heavily involved in community activities in and around Clunes and is currently the treasurer and co-founder of the Clunes Makers Market, whose first foray in spring was a huge success. She also started the Community Open House dinners in the town. Tessa is passionate about sustainability, permaculture, looking after the land and native habitat. Asked where she sees herself in five year’s time, Tessa said, “Hopefully, the business will expand sufficiently that I can provide more employment for local people. Currently, I employ three part timers, but would love to be able to make those positions full time. It’s a great feeling to be able to offer people jobs, particularly in a small town”.

Mica Grange