Community Issues Consultation

The City of Greater Geelong asked Jen to facilitate forums involving concerned community members about the following matters:

Ruthven Street is a suburban street that has become a route for over 40 buses before and after school times. In mid 2016 Jen facilitated a meeting of residents, bus operators, Council officers and VicRoads to discuss issues and options.

Geelong Saleyards operated in North Geelong for over 140 years until August 2016, when they were closed by owner City of Greater Geelong following advice from structural engineers, for occupational health and safety reasons. Until that time they had provided a meeting place for the region’s farmers and agents to buy and sell sheep, cattle and other livestock. In late 2016 Jen facilitated and reported on a meeting involving some 120 farmers to discuss options for the future.

An illegal Broderick Road rubbish dump came to the attention of the community in 2019 when EPA Victoria and the City publicised serious health and fire risks. In October 2019 Jen was asked to support EPA, City of Greater Geelong, CFA and Victoria Police in convening a community drop-in session. The purpose of the session was to enable community members to discuss their concerns and hear about site remediation works.

A pocket of Geelong West is subject to stormwater flooding during intensive storm events. In 2023, Jen worked with the City and concerned and affected residents to inform the City’s decisions about mitigation measures. This involved facilitating and reporting on several public meetings and working group meetings involving community representatives and Council officers.