Councillor Jennifer Alden
Jennifer has worked in Bendigo for over three decades supporting health and wellbeing outcomes for women and the broader community. Her previous roles include private health practice, Executive Officer of Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, Senior Policy Advisor at VicHealth and as Chief Executive Officer of not-for-profit urban agriculture organisation Cultivating Community.
Jennifer continues to advocate for projects that tackle global warming as a community, with everything possible done at the local level to rapidly achieve that goal. This includes: working for food policy that supports health and social outcomes, localising our food system, supporting widespread establishment of community gardens and hubs, creating more resilient and connected neighbourhoods and townships, affordable and sustainable housing, and working to prevent the collapse of the natural environment.
She is keen to re-energise Greater Bendigo’s economy by attracting large investments in renewable energy and clean technologies to create more job opportunities and resilient communities, addressing our waste issues and establishing the city as a resource recovery leader for central Victoria.
Thirty-seven years ago Jennifer and her husband chose Bendigo to raise their family. She has been a part of multiple community groups, committees and activities ever since. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours, a Diploma of Natural Therapies focusing on nutrition and herbal medicine, a Master of Women’s Health, and a Doctorate of Public Health. She is the author of the book Liberated Eating.
Jennifer is also a member of the Public Health Association of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was Deputy Mayor in 2017/2018.