Mayor, Central Goldfields Shire Council
Chris was first elected as a Councillor on the Central Goldfields Shire Council in 2005 and in 2020 was elected to serve his fourth term. He is serving his fifth Mayoral term, the last being in 2011.
Chris is chair of the Goldfields Regional TourIsm Board. He remains actively involved in contributing to the leadership of the Central Victorian Goldfields World Heritage Listing bid project and developed the successful partnership of 13 municipalities to support this. He also has held various other regional leadership roles.
His previous career has been in the Victorian public sector in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Education Department. He also worked in large corporate sectors Including BHP Billiton and AXA. He is a highly experienced change leader with key interests in strategy, leadership, culture, machinery of government, regional development, advocacy and Goldfields heritage.
Community leadership roles within the Shire have included President of ASTERIA and Vice President of Havilah and a number of Talbot organisations including the establishment of the Talbot Farmers Market.
Chris holds a Mayor Emeritus award from the Municipal Association of Victoria. His post graduate studies are in public policy. Chris is an Honorary Research Fellow at Federation University.
Mayor, City of Ballarat
Councillor Daniel Moloney is public relations and stakeholder relations professional who was elected to represent the City of Ballarat’s North Ward. He served in the 2016 – 2020 Council term and in October 2020 was re-elected for the 2020-2024 Term. He was also elected Mayor of Ballarat from October 2020 to October 2021.
Cr Moloney brings to his role as Councillor more than 20 years’ of high‐level policy experience advising and working with corporate directors, councils, government departments and ministers.
His strong background in tourism includes work as a Board Member of Ballarat Regional Tourism and as a marketer with V/Line; his communications experience includes work advising Victorian government agencies, a London-based charity, and as a suburban Melbourne-based journalist.
Cr Moloney’s extensive business experience includes management of state government campaigns, work for the Victorian Office of Fair Trading and Business Affairs (now known as Consumer Affairs Victoria) and the establishment of his own small business, a Ballarat and Melbourne-based public relations company.
He has worked for some of Australia’s biggest transport and infrastructure companies; he is passionate about public transport and as one of the thousands of Ballarat residents who regularly commute by train to Melbourne to work, he is determined to see public transport services continue to improve.
Cr Moloney has a BA (Journalism) RMIT, MBA (Federation University Australia), Dip Business; he was made a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia in 2016 in recognition of his achievements in the industry.
Cr Moloney grew up in Ballarat and region, and returned to raise his two children. He remains active in the community in volunteer roles in addition to his elected representative role.
Mayor, City of Greater Bendigo
Mayor Cr Jennifer Alden represents the Lockwood Ward and this is her second term on Council.
She has a Doctorate of Public Health with a special interest in agenda-setting and food policy.
Cr Alden has three decades of experience working to improve health and wellbeing in the community and is passionate about achieving positive outcomes that ensure people can enjoy the best quality of life possible in an equitable manner.
Her work on Council has included support for action on climate and biodiversity breakdown, the development of food policy that supports health, environmental and social outcomes, localising our food system and improving food security through the development of a food hub. She has a long-standing interest in global food security and sustainable food systems, as well as renewable energy technologies as a pathway to job creation and resilience.
In 2018 she was awarded the Municipal Association of Victoria’s McArthur travelling fellowship for international Local Government research, travelling to Italy to research UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy. This assisted in the successful designation in 2019 of Bendigo becoming Australia’s first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
Cr Alden is chair of the Bendigo Regional Food Alliance and former board member of Bendigo Foodshare. Most recently she was CEO of urban agriculture not-for-profit, Cultivating Community, and she published the book Liberated Eating in 2002.
Mayor, Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Jennifer is a medical doctor who works part time in general practice. Throughout her medical career she has been involved in many committees and policy work to provide consistent high quality health care to all. After accepting a General Practice position in Lancefield, she and her partner, Mark, settled in Woodend, which they were both familiar with from visiting, and growing up in the shire, respectively.
Jennifer likes being outdoors: gardening, bush walking and learning more about the biodiversity within Macedon Ranges. She rides her bicycle as often as she can and is occasionally seen on the back of the tandem she and Mark own.
She is an advocate for sustainable transport, resource reuse and recovery, rather than waste, renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, well managed public open space, food security and well-designed town planning solutions that the community have had significant input into.
Her external roles as a councillor include: Chair of Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group, and board representative 2019-21 for the North Central Region of the Municipal Association of Victoria.
Jennifer was first elected to Council in 2008 and is currently serving her third consecutive four-year term as a Councillor. She is also currently serving as Mayor for the fourth time, and was previously elected Mayor of the shire in 2014/15, 2016/17 and 2017/18.