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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Updated: Goulburn, Gundagai destinations on Victorian COVID-19 tracing list
Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak has come worryingly close to home with news that four family members from Melbourne who tested positive for COVID-19 visited three Gundagai businesses and two popular Goulburn destinations last week on a road trip, as well as sites in the Shoalhaven. It was revealed late on Wednesday (2 June) that three household contacts of the original case reported...
How do we all give the journey towards death the dignity it deserves?
Death is still an uncomfortable discussion topic for many people despite it being the most inevitable part of life, coming to all of us without exception. So why can't we talk about something that's every bit as important as birth? A new TAFE NSW Bega course has been designed to help locals open the conversation about death and also help those...
Crunchy or chewy? Childhood memories and the great Anzac biscuit dilemma
Food & Wine
Food and memories go hand in hand: Easter eggs, the Christmas ham, the Sunday roast and at the end of April, the Anzac biscuit. Made with ingredients that sit in most kitchen cupboards (including the perennial tin of golden syrup, used for no other reason), Anzacs are redolent of home and the simple joys of life: oats and butter, golden...
Avenues of Honour are the living memorials we’re in danger of forgetting
War memorials are a place of pride across the length and breadth of Australia, ranging from the grand to the humble. They are a central feature of many country towns. But this Anzac Day, as services begin to take place again, another form of commemoration is in danger of being forgotten. For more than a century, Australian communities have planted...
The prince, the world champion and the breakneck sport of carriage driving in Canberra
The announcement that Prince Philip had died – aged 99 and after a long, full life – has prompted many memories, mostly garnered from media coverage or seeing him from afar. The prince consort visited Australia 20 times and he was a familiar figure in Canberra, walking the customary two steps behind Her Majesty the Queen on ceremonial occasions. But some...
Fresh food films boost regional producers across the South East
Food & Wine
How do you keep regional tourism dollars rolling in and support local producers when nobody can leave home for months at a time? It's been a major challenge for many growers and makers across Southern NSW as COVID-19 gripped the community, stifled the market and prevented regional producers from attending international trade fairs and networking events. Some lateral thinking has resulted...
Wynlen’s productive Braidwood plot proves fresh is best
Food & Wine
Helen Lynch from Wynlen House at Braidwood reckons there would hardly be a soul in town who hasn't eaten one of their Brussels sprouts. Together with her partner Bronwyn Richards, the pair produce an astonishing four tonnes of food each year from their 1000sqm block in the middle of town, a true urban farm and a buzzing hive of productivity....
Yarrah’s riverside development heralds a new era for Yass
Along a sweeping bend of the Yass River, with views of gentle river flats and the historic Yass township, a new era is dawning. The Walker family's Yarrah development is in its early stages but marks a significant turning point for the local community as demographics and lifestyles change. The Walker family has a lengthy history in the region during...
Bidding farewell to the old Bay Bridge and its operators as new structure soars
For more than 20 years, Rodney Plumb has quietly enjoyed one of the best views in the Eurobodalla, if not the whole NSW South Coast. Perched high in the little cabin atop Batemans Bay bridge, he raises the span twice each day and sits 15 metres above the water, gazing out to the Tollgate Islands while the ferry passes beneath....
Flags at half mast for Country Party great Doug Anthony
Many Canberra commuters who pass Parliament House on a daily basis will have noticed that the flags are flying at half-mast. The flags recognise Australia's longest-serving deputy prime minister and former Country Party leader Doug Anthony, who is being farewelled at a state funeral on the NSW north coast. The funeral service is being held at the Twin Town Services...
What does an Australian of the Year award mean for Aboriginal nominees?
On Australia Day, what does it mean to be an Aboriginal nominee for the highest honours our nation gives? "It's a bittersweet moment," says Pat Anderson AO, the ACT's Senior Australian of the Year. A human rights and social justice advocate of long-standing, the Alyawarre woman from the Northern Territory is known internationally for her work on improved health, and...
Veteran organisations say post-Vietnam conflicts must be fully represented at AWM
As vigorous arguments continue over the War Memorial's proposed $500 million expansion, have the voices of those involved in post Vietnam conflicts been missed? Ian Lindgren is vice president of the Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemaker Veterans' Association, whose members include Defence veterans but also Commonwealth and sometime State police officers, DFAT and intelligence personnel deployed to operations as varied as Cambodia...
Canberra writer’s residency could help resolve long running false imprisonment case
A journalist investigating what she believes may be the longest running case of false imprisonment in Australian legal history has furthered her quest to exonerate the convicted man through a residency program at The Australia Institute in Canberra. Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist with over 13 years’ experience working in primarily Aboriginal and independent media....
Target closure could be a golden opportunity for Cootamundra Co-op community venture
Target's announcement in 2020 that many of its rural and regional stores would close hit many country towns like a bombshell. In southeast NSW, Target stores in Cooma, Cootamundra, Merimbula, Nowra and Wagga Wagga have all been slated for closure in early-to-mid-2021, among other regional stores across NSW. In the ACT, the store in Weston Creek will close in early-to-mid-2021....
Coila Lake artificially opened as waters rise around Tuross Head
Eurobodalla Shire Council has ploughed open a channel for Coila Lake after its waters surpassed the two-metre trigger level. Photographs on social media before the channel was opened on 4 January show the lake brimming with water and close to the roadway and pedestrian footbridge at Tuross Head. When overly full, Coila Lake threatens tanks at Coila Service Centre and can...
Would a major indigenous monument be a better idea than expanding the AWM?
Despite protests from multiple sources, Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced before Christmas that the controversial extension to the Australian War Memorial will go ahead. The $500 million cost of expanding an already well funded and major institution has been the subject of robust debate as critics and proponents argue over whether it's necessary or wise. The ANU's Professor Mark Kenny,...