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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Telehealth, new social media sources and a glimmer of hope that COVID-19 curve is flattening
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says that while the rate of COVID-19 increase remains very worrying, there are glimmers of hope that the curve is beginning to flatten as infection rates drop from a 25 - 30 per cent daily increase to somewhere closer to 13 to 15 per cent. The Prime Minister's major announcement today concerned the immediate rollout of...
A Boorowa bard reflects in verse on life on the land
Robert Corkhill spent his life on the land, but his heart sang a different tune: that of bush poetry, stories of the community around him and sheer love of the land. The Boorowa farmer died in 2017, survived by a lively brood of 10 children and his wife Leonie, but has left a further legacy in the form of his...
Travellers in mandatory quarantine, ADF to assist enforcement but room for optimism
A strong response from Australians everywhere has enabled the COVID-19 containment focus to shift towards increasingly strict controls over returning travellers, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today. "Thank you for the way, over the course of this week, you have responded to very significant changes we’ve asked you to make to your lives and livelihoods," Mr Morrison said, noting that...
No draconian lockdown yet, but PM bans travel and increases social distancing
"We need to keep Australia running" - but social distancing measures must increase substantially, the Prime Minister has told a briefing following this evening's National Cabinet meeting. It appears that there's still contention over how schools will operate, but multiple activities including real estate open houses and auctions, health clubs and classes and beauty services will be banned from operating....
Visitors asked to stay away, health authorities dealing with coronavirus on the Coast
Health & Wellbeing
South Coast communities have been forced to issue a plea for visitors to stay away as coronavirus begins to make an impact on the battered region and health services gear up to deal with a rising curve of infections. "2020 certainly has tested us and it appears the tests continue", Eurobodalla mayor Liz Innes said this week, following the announcement...
40 per cent of fire ravaged properties still not registered for free Bega clean-up
Communities north, west and south in the Bega Valley are waiting for the clean-up of bushfire affected properties to start but there are growing concerns that many people whose properties were destroyed in the fires still haven't registered for the free service. Bega Valley Council estimates this could be as many as 40 per cent of properties, and there are...
Beaches will take a while to clear fire debris, but Mother Nature is cleaning up
The Eurobodalla region's beaches took a battering during the fires, followed by heavy rain but are now well on their way to being clear, according to local authorities. The region's waterways drain towards coastal outlets and the heavy fire damage to forests means that much of the rubbish ended up at river mouths, or being washed onto beaches after 271,000...
Coronavirus crisis measures implemented, plus when should you get tested?
Emergency provisions are being put in place across the ACT and NSW in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including a declared public health emergency in Canberra. There are currently 134 confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW, primarily in Sydney, while the ACT's second case was confirmed on Sunday night. The declaration will enable the Chief Health Officer to enforce quarantine, but...
Bega Valley still seeking solution for post-fire waste problem
A proposal to use the Bega Valley Shire's Central Waste Facility is the most likely solution to the region's major post-fire rubbish disposal problem. Current estimates put the total amount of fire waste material at around 140,000 cubic metres, equivalent to around five times the volume of waste normally received in a year at the Central Waste Facility. But while...
The ‘exotic weeds’ that saved a Braidwood truffle forest from destruction
Peter Marshall has never been afraid to stir the pot. He reckons that decades of experience as a silviculturist, some impeccable qualifications in forestry and a globally successful truffle-growing operation back him up pretty solidly. Peter has long argued that a focus on exclusively native planting is misguided: he goes as far as to call it a "nativist pogrom", and...
Eurobodalla Council strikes deal with NSW government to clear bushfire rubbish, asbestos
Eurobodalla Council says it's struck a deal with the NSW government to deal with rubbish leftover from the fires. The plans will enable asbestos-contaminated material to be moved from residential areas and the contractors say they expect most of the work to be complete by June. Tips were closed by the bushfire crisis and in the aftermath, Council was faced...
Eurobodalla lowers water restrictions, but Council says crisis is not over yet
Eurobodalla Shire Council's director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe says that easing weather conditions have enabled the Shire to drop water restrictions back to level three. Mr Sharpe said the easing from level four to level three restrictions was a result of increased water in the shire’s Deep Creek Dam supply. “Recent heavy rains have seen water flowing in our rivers,...
Bega Bombers looking for a boost from new women’s AFL competition
The Bega Bombers say they expect a twenty per cent growth in the AFL club's player numbers this season as more young women and girls take up the sport. That target is certain to be boosted this Sunday (March 8) when players from the Greater Western Sydney Giants attend a ‘come and try day’ at Roy Howard Oval. Two of...
Assembling evidence from a disastrous summer: can we link climate change to bushfires?
Ask Dr Jason Sharples about the lessons learned and the conversations had about bushfires this summer, and his response is direct, to say the least. "It's exasperating," he says. "You can almost forecast the narrative. There will be the arguments about controlled burning, then the arson allegations get rolled out. There's something about fires that makes everyone an expert." Dr...
Broulee’s Bay to Breakers is back in a big way
What's On
Normal business has resumed at Broulee with the return of the 9th Hotondo Homes Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim on Sunday, 8 March. “It’s a terrific community event, and a great way to get back to things we love about Broulee after such a difficult summer,” said swim coordinator Gary Pettigrove. The 1.4 km open water swim course goes...
Book of Colours wins ACT Book of the Year for Murrumbateman author
When Robyn Cadwallader creates her meticulously detailed medieval worlds, she doesn't look out the window at the Murrumbateman landscape. Instead, the internationally acclaimed author looks at a bare wall. This week, Cadwallader collected the ACT Book of the Year award for her novel, Book of Colours. Her first book, The Anchoress was internationally reviewed and this one takes place in...