The second in a series on the Oberon women participating in The Seed Scheme, an online course designed to encourage, support and mentor rural women in small business, whether an established business or something new.
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MY name is Jaclyn Burns and I have been a resident of the Oberon local government area for over 20 years.
I moved here after meeting my future husband when visiting the area. He convinced me to settle here, first in Oberon and then later at Wisemans Creek.
I have worked at a number of rural councils as both a building surveyor and town planner, with my longest stint at Oberon Council for over 17 years.
In this time, I have had three children (Ava, Abbie and Harry) and we live on a farm at Wisemans Creek that has been in my husband's family for five generations.
In 2018, I established a town planning consultancy, Burns Planning and Development, and ever since have been devoted to building up the business.
Burns Planning and Development assists people in navigating the approval process for any development application with their local council. I deal with all sorts of projects: subdivisions, dwellings, commercial developments and community grant projects.
I gain a lot of satisfaction from my business, especially when I can assist people and present a consent to a client and know it has been a hassle-free process, from beginning to end.
I applied for The Seed Scheme to gain further knowledge from other successful businesswomen and to develop and refine my skills on how to grow my consultancy.
I am enjoying the experience and challenges The Seed Scheme presents and I am very thankful for the support provided by Oberon Council.