Following the success of the three Shaping Victoria Forums that were hosted by then Department of Planning and Community Development, the Municipal Association of Victoria picked up the mantle in 2012 and now convenes the annual 2-day Rural and Regional Planning Conference.
Jen was the conference facilitator from the inaugural conference in 2009 until 2016 and was invited to return in 2018 and 2019.
As conference facilitator, Jen contributed to program planning and worked with all speakers and concurrent session presenters to ensure that all agenda items were relevant and engaging. She also acted as MC during the conference and chaired concurrent break-out sessions.
Attendance to the conference steadily grew each year until Covid, peaking with the 2016 forum involving some 230 delegates.
Post-Covid, Jen returned as the facilitator of the hybrid 2023 event.