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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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...
Ordinary Australians will continue to suffer because of our venal, shallow leadership
After 30 years as a journalist, I don't often bother getting angry with politicians. I know there are good people on both sides doing their best. You only have to look at Bega MP Andrew Constance's honesty and pain on last Monday night's Q&A to know that, or Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly's deeply felt response to the bushfire crisis that's...
Members sought across SW Slopes for local health advisory committees
Health & Wellbeing
The hunt is on across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) for enthusiastic people in the community to join their Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC). Members are being sought in the Hilltops and Gundagai-Cootamundra local government areas, which include the towns of Young, Harden, Boorowa and Jugiong, as well as Cootamundra and Gundagai. MLHD’s Community Engagement Manager Setchen Brimson says...
UPDATED: Bega Valley fires merge but cautious optimism in Eurobodalla after 69 days
UPDATE - Sunday February 2, 10 am: Three major fires have merged in the Bega Valley and while conditions have eased overnight, the RFS says there is still significant fire in the landscape. But in the Eurobodalla, Local Emergency Management Officer Warren Sharpe says that after 69 days of firefighting he is now cautiously optimistic based on the control work accomplished...
UPDATED: Conditions ease at nightfall as Orroral blaze is within two kilometres of Tharwa
UPDATE - February 1, 11 pm: Conditions have eased across the firegrounds to Canberra's immediate south after a hard-fought day across inaccessible terrain. However, the Orroral Valley blaze came within two kilometres of Tharwa and at one stage ignited mulch near the Namadgi Visitor's Centre. ESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan told media during the evening update at ESA headquarters that "multiple containment...
State of emergency declared for ACT today ahead of worsening weather risks
The first state of emergency since 2003 has been declared in the ACT as worsening weather conditions begin to impact the ACT, and the Orroral Valley fire elevates to watch and act level. No properties are currently under threat within the ACT and the fire is being controlled. The emergency declaration anticipates significantly worsening conditions in the next days. Chief Minister...
Crashed tanker was protecting Two Thumbs koala sanctuary, now destroyed by blaze
It's been revealed that the large air tanker which went down Thursday afternoon with the loss of all those aboard was protecting the Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust Koala Sanctuary in the Peak View district near Jerangle. The Two Thumbs Sanctuary's sheds, houses, machinery and all the koalas in its care were also destroyed in the blaze. Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue says they...
Body found near Bodalla, and a blunt warning for stickybeaks to stay away
Yesterday's South Coast fire outbreak has had a tragic outcome as police confirm that a body, believed to be that of a 59-year-old man, was found this morning inside a burnt-out home near Bodalla. The house on Bumbo Road at Bodalla was destroyed in yesterday's blaze and neighbours raised concerns for the occupant. The deceased person was found by police...
Third time lucky: how the battle for Moruya was won as fire crisis rolls on
For the third time in the last month, Moruya has braced for survival as bushfires raged around the township. And while this was the closest shave yet, the town is still standing after a concerted battle late yesterday when the blaze hit its western outskirts. The Clyde Mountain fire came within 150 metres of the Moruya Hospital and within three...
UPDATE: Moruya again counts fire cost as conditions ease overnight
UPDATE 9 am, January 24: Moruya is counting the cost this morning of yesterday's fire. Fire activity eased last night as the southerly established itself and light rain fell on the fire ground. There are unconfirmed reports up to 10 homes have been lost on the town's western outskirts. Homes on Yarragee Road and Deua Valley/ Araluen Road have been...
Friendship, rivalry and spectacular art: Matisse & Picasso opens at the NGA
Arts & Culture
There's always more to art than the painting on the wall. And if you bring together genius, towering ego and social tumult, the results will be both volatile and spectacular. The story of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, their friendship and their intense rivalry, is at the heart of the National Gallery of Australia's summer exhibition, open now. https://www.facebook.com/riotactnews/videos/801799360241573/ Matisse...
Canberra’s Abundant Water is changing lives in East Timor
Canberra-based charity Abundant Water's East Timor project has well and truly exceeded all expectations by providing more than 6,000 East Timorese with access to clean safe water in the two months since the project activated. Abundant Water was created by Sunny Forsyth after he saw the need for accessible, safe water filters first-hand while working in Asia. Building on Abundant Water's...
Mike Kelly calls for “concrete outcomes,” not a Royal Commission, on fire disaster
"We have never before been under threat east to west, north to south. The whole region has been smashed," Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly says of the South East fire disaster. He's considering how we respond to future catastrophic events as a region and as a nation. "Obviously we need to be better prepared as a nation to come...
Bushfire crisis: how Region’s grassroots local operation brought you the news
Emergency reporting is one of the most important tasks any media organisation can do. It matters deeply to communities that their local media gets it right, understands what is happening and cares about the impact, long after the crisis has passed and the big operators from the city have gone home. We've worked hard to do that for everyone in...
Surviving the fires: “You can’t defend against this. It’s bigger than any of us”.
The skies overhead were deep blood red and the southerly was roaring at gale force. Tree limbs, debris and ash showered across a road full of terrified animals. And as Sarah Nolan and her partner Matt fled to safety on Saturday night, they were confronting one of the harshest realities of this fire crisis. "Once we knew that they couldn't...
Rain brings respite as communities re-gather – and boil their drinking water
Along the South Coast, residents are breathing again - if they can through the smoke - as cool weather and even rain offer respite from the weekend's horrific conditions. Two people are still missing after Saturday's fires - one south of Bombala and another to the west of Bodalla. Police and emergency services are attempting to locate the two people. Wet...