About Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. Her career began with rural newspapers on the South West Slopes, she has freelanced for national magazines and spent a decade with ABC Radio Canberra.

She works with a wide range of organisations including the Tara Costigan Foundation, and Gift of Life ACT, sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for Historic Places and the boards of the National Folk Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, M16 artspace and the Conflict Resolution Service.

Genevieve has an enduring interest in building community, and creating discussions that include us all. And she still loves nothing better than a good yarn.

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Remembering Bob: stories of friendship, larrikin spirit and family
It was a Canberra day that Bob Hawke would have very much enjoyed. Inside Parliament House, there was an array of beer that literally had his name on it and on the lawns outside the people's house, a string of camels were grazing. Last week smartly suited political operators, elder statesmen and grizzled unionists came together at Parliament House for...
Currowan fire impacts Bawley Point, continues to spread
Update 5:00 pm, Friday 6 December Community Briefing at Mackay Park Function Centre in Batemans Bay https://www.facebook.com/AboutRegional/videos/463747874278296/ Update 10:00 am, Friday 6 December Overnight, the Currowan fire impacted on the village of Bawley Point which had been surrounded by fire fronts to the north and south. During the height of activity, fire crews worked desperately to save houses. The NSW...
Cherry harvest is a sweet one on the South West Slopes
Food & Wine
Despite the gruelling drought conditions, South West Slopes cherry growers are revelling in a solid harvest with excellent quality fruit according to Young district growers. "We've been picking for the last two weeks and the fruit is beautiful," says Cath Mullany from Ballinaclash at Young. She and husband Peter run a pick-your-own orchard and farmgate shop, selling cherries and stonefruit throughout...
Contemporary worlds: Indonesia is a wild ride into the soul of our island neighbour
Arts & Culture
For all the vast energy, dynamism and the sheer volume of the population just to our north, beyond Bali, Australians know surprisingly little about our nearest major neighbour, Indonesia. Despite a robust, sometimes rambunctious relationship, Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia at the National Gallery is the first major Australian exhibition to look at how artists are responding to the massive cultural churn taking place...
Ginninderry opponents say ‘special deal’ for Parkwood won’t help Yass residents
Opponents of the Ginninderry development plans and the Yass Valley Council are at odds over a new, specially created Local Environment Plan that will go to Council this week, alleging a special deal for the developers and ACT Government stakeholders. The 5 km NSW ACT Border Zone Planning Group Inc, which describe itself as "a non-profit association working for a better...
Vogue exhibition showcases the changing face of Australian women
What's On
If you take the pages of Australia's most venerable fashion magazine, scale up the images (often shot by the world's best photographers) what you get is a series of portraits. But Women in Vogue at the National Portrait Gallery is so much more than a parade of beautiful faces. It's also a 60-year document of how women were perceived and...
The little town with the big heart celebrates 125 years with a long lunch
It's no secret that these are tough times in rural Australia as the prolonged drought bites deep and hard. But on Sunday, locals in the tiny village of Wallendbeen (population 300) on the South West Slopes celebrated 125 years by gathering their community for the kind of big, inclusive family party only the bush can throw. Long tables dressed with...
Crime thrillers make Canberra’s Chris Hammer an Aussie noir star
Too few Australian writers can put "novelist" on their tax return. But former Press Gallery journalist and Canberra author Chris Hammer has proved that crime does pay with the publication of his second novel, Silver. Set in the fictional North Coast town of Port Silver, "the next Byron Bay or Noosa", Silver follows journalist and accidental detective Martin Scarsden, whom...
Daylight saving starts this weekend, don’t get caught out!
While local footy fans will have their alarms, alerts and every timekeeping function on their premises set to kick-off time on Sunday night for the NRL grand final, another vitally important piece of timekeeping happens this weekend. Daylight saving begins at 2 am on Sunday, October 6, and you'll need to turn your clocks one hour forward when you go to bed...
Hall’s historic homesteads come to life in new exhibition
Arts & Culture
Eight historic homesteads, some no longer in existence, tell a story of the past that is still close to the surface around the historic village of Hall in a new exhibition that will open this weekend. A Palette of Pioneer Places at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre brings together paintings by watercolourist Isla Patterson with the story of...
Harden author’s focus on city-bush divide up for literary prize
Arts & Culture
Author and journalist Gabrielle Chan has been shortlisted in the Prime Minister's literary awards non-fiction category for her book about Harden Murrumburrah, Rusted Off. Chan, who writes for The Guardian from the Parliamentary Press Gallery and is married to a farmer on the South West Slopes, uses a hyper-local focus on her small community as a prism through which to examine the...
Leading disability advocate felt ‘demeaned and violated’ by Parliamentary security
One of Australia's leading disability advocates has called out security at Parliament House for "demeaning" treatment that she found threatening and intimidating. Christina Ryan has worked at the UN on a number of occasions, flies regularly and is well prepared for the security issues around her large motorised wheelchair. "I take everything out of my bag that I don't absolutely...
Canberra company’s Ebola response lauded with humanitarian service medals
At the height of a rampant Ebola outbreak in 2014, Freetown, Sierra Leone was described by Aspen Medical's Dr John Gerrard as "the worst affected city, in the worst affected country in the worst ever epidemic of the worst disease known". But rather than retreating in horror from a virulent epidemic, medical staff from the Canberra company headed straight towards...
From Warhol to Lichtenstein, NGA brims with bravura art experiments
Arts & Culture
They're a wild riot of colour, energy and form, and they're part of an innovation revolution in art making. But the artworks in From Liechtenstein to Warhol, which opens this week at the National Gallery in Canberra, also tell a story about the Gallery's inspired first director, James Mollison. Forming a national collection in the 1970s, Mollison grasped the value of...
Small, shallow earthquake shock felt at Sutton in early hours
A second modest earthquake has hit the Sutton region in the early hours of the morning, registering 2.o in the Richter scale at around 1:30 am. The earthquake was first recorded at 1.7 magnitude and located at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve by GeoScience Australia, before the epicentre was placed more accurately at Sutton. GeoScience Australia received around 90 "felt reports"...
Canberra’s magnificent Nolan collection now on permanent display at CMAG
Arts & Culture
He was one of the towering greats of the Australian art world, a household name for a generation, and Canberra has perhaps the most significant collections of his iconic art - but how well do we really know Sidney Nolan? That's the question Canberra Museum and Gallery curator Virginia Rigney asked herself when faced with the task of re-hanging Canberra's...