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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What just happened in Eden-Monaro?
It was a curious election count watch on Saturday night (4 July) as the ABC's Antony Green tried to make sense of the results in Eden-Monaro. The Labor vote was down, the Greens vote was down, too, but the ALP's Kristy McBain was clearly winning by a slight, but steady, margin (and has claimed the seat). What was happening? And...
UPDATED: Labor’s McBain claims victory in tight Eden Monaro race
UPDATED 2.30 pm, July 5: Labor's Kristy McBain has claimed victory in Eden Monaro as persistent postal and pre-poll voting trends mean it is almost impossible for the Liberals to win the seat. It's a victory for preference voting and, possibly, contrary minded locals who chose to vote across party lines. The victory also comes with a notable dip in...
The dealmakers: How preferences could decide the Eden-Monaro by-election
Eden-Monaro election races have always been tight. Never more so than in the by-election on Saturday, 4 July, when 14 candidates will line up in a seat held by Labor with a wafer-thin margin. Given that Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs came within 1500 votes of taking the seat from well-respected incumbent Mike Kelly in 2019, it's very likely the contest...
Eden-Monaro locals speak out about issues that will sway their by-election vote
Just days from the Eden-Monaro by-election, what is motivating voters? Despite the Federal manoeuvring, it's unsurprising to discover that many people are strongly focused on local issues. Region Media journalists Edwina Mason, Alex Rea, Karyn Starmer and Dominic Giannini asked voters in Tumbarumba, Tumut, Narooma, Bega, Braidwood and Queanbeyan what was on their minds ahead of the poll on Saturday,...
Bega Valley mayor hits back at suggestions that GM has lost council’s confidence
Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Sharon Tapscott has denied suggestions general manager Leanne Barnes has lost the confidence of council, characterising them as "grossly inaccurate" after the June council meeting. Ms Barnes's performance was assessed at the halfway mark of her current three-year contract. Reports made in closed session indicated that while her performance met and exceeded expectations in a...
Your guide to the Eden-Monaro by-election candidates – in their own words
How do you make up your mind when you walk into the voting booth? On Saturday, the voters of Eden-Monaro will be choosing a replacement for Labor's Dr Mike Kelly in an election that the nation will be watching, and About Regional is giving you a unique opportunity to hear from each of the candidates. Would-be politicians and journalists play...
National Gallery’s doors open a little wider as restrictions ease
Arts & Culture
For the National Gallery's visitor experience coordinator Tristan Duggan, there is both joy and profound relief in the latest announcements about opening conditions at the NGA. An easing of COVID-19 restrictions means up to 100 visitors can now pre-register for timed ticket entry every 30 minutes. Priority will be given to visitors who pre-book and walk-up entry will be allowed...
What’s your top Eden-Monaro election issue?
It's the by-election being watched by a nation, and the field of candidates is the size of the Melbourne Cup. But what do actual voters think are the key issues in Eden-Monaro? About Regional is asking you to nominate the issue that matters most to you, and we'll give the candidates an opportunity to respond. The Federal electorate is famed for...
South Coast arts community mourns the loss of Linda Heald
Arts & Culture
The NSW South Coast creative community is mourning after the artistic director of the Moruya Red Door Theatre Company, Linda Heald, lost her fight with cancer. Linda was also Eurobodalla Shire Council's chief librarian and an enthusiastic proponent for arts and culture on the South Coast. "Linda exited stage left," said Moruya Red Door Theatre president Anthony Mayne. "She had...
Shipping debris from APL England spotted off Glasshouse Rocks
Shipping debris from the APL England cargo ship has been spotted in the waters off Narooma as the consequences of a major cargo spill continue to unfold along the NSW coast. The ship was en route from China to Melbourne on 24 May when it hit rough seas, causing a major cargo spill 73 km from Sydney. Debris and the...
Here comes the next great pestilence, but this time it’s our willow trees facing the chop
As one form of pestilence begins to recede, a local silviculturist is warning that another is on the horizon - but this time it's the region's willow trees that are at risk. Braidwood truffle grower Peter Marshall says that the Giant Willow Aphid has arrived here from China, and that century-old trees around the South East are already dying. But...
Nationals pre-select former QPRC deputy Mayor for Eden-Monaro contest
In what's rapidly developing into a Melbourne Cup field, the National Party has pre-selected Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council member Trevor Hicks as its candidate for the forthcoming Eden-Monaro by-election. Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack made the announcement on Saturday (6 June), flanked by Mr Hicks and the Member for Monaro, John Barilaro (who is alleged to have...
Greens, Shooters both announce Eden-Monaro candidates as race heats up
Cathy Griff has been announced by the Greens as their candidate for the Eden-Monaro by-election. In an historic development for the seat, this means the Liberal Party, ALP and Greens will all be represented by women candidates. Harden Murrumburrah businessman Matthew Stadtmiller, who does not live in the electorate, also announced his candidacy for the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party...
Fiona Kotvojs on climate change, bushfires and not fitting into a Liberal Party box
After a political brawl of epic proportions between John Barilaro and Andrew Constance, the Liberal Party's Eden-Monaro preselection process has delivered a candidate who says she's deeply locally grounded but also hard to fit in a box. Fiona Kotvojs is remarkably diplomatic about the process that finally ended last weekend with a solid victory for her candidacy. "From my perspective, having...
International accolades for North of Eden’s micro-distillery gin
Food & Wine
A Bega Valley micro-gin distillery has picked up an additional two international awards despite being impacted by a horror season of bushfires. In a rollercoaster year, North of Eden's small-batch gins, The Classic and The Connoisseur, have won a medal each from this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Classic claimed silver and The Connoisseur took a bronze medal. The...
After brutal pre-selection barney, Fiona Kotvojs does a Bradbury for Eden-Monaro Liberals
After a brutal few weeks of electoral brawling that captured the attention of the nation, Eden-Monaro Liberal Party branches have chosen Dr Fiona Kotvojs as their candidate for the upcoming by-election. While the ALP pre-selected former Bega Valley mayor Kristy McBain weeks ago, the unseemly stoush between NSW Deputy Premier and National Party leader John Barilaro and Member for Bega...