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 Canberra 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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The Vital Signs for Canberra are strong, but report says not everyone in our community is OK
Community
"Everyone in Canberra thinks that everyone else is Canberra is doing fine, but they're not." says Peter Gordon, CEO of community foundation Hands Across Canberra. He's holding a copy of the second ACT 'Vital Signs' report, which is just the 10th such report produced in any Australian jurisdiction. It's a collaboration between Hands Across Canberra and the Snow Foundation, a...
Love our town? We’re looking for your stories and photos about Canberra and the region
Community
We used to believe that nobody was really 'from Canberra'. It was a town of floating public servants, in and out for a few years. As we've matured and generations have come to love the place, our stories have grown. We're looking for your photos and your stories to help us trace that history and lay down some new tales...
Spectacular virtual Cake-off raises much needed funds for perinatal wellbeing
Community
How do you hold a gigantic cake decorating competition, auction and raffle in the midst of a pandemic lockdown? And how do you do it with just 48 hours' notice? Canberra's magical, slightly mad annual Cake-off, in support of the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre, has become a tradition. After being cancelled last year, the Cake-off team weren't willing to give up...
Major disruptions on Canberra bus routes this morning as drivers go into isolation
News
Transport Canberra has warned that major disruptions are affecting the ACT's bus network this morning. An increased number of services will be delayed or cancelled during this morning’s peak, although dedicated school services and regular services that carry school students are being prioritised. Transport Canberra has acknowledged that the disruptions are in part because an increasing number of bus drivers are...
UPDATED: New cases include man in his 20s with ‘no obvious links’, snow tourist turned away
News
UPDATED 1:40 pm: More than 940 swabs were taken at the Gold Creek pop up testing clinic yesterday (14 August), which opened in response to a 14-year-old student testing positive the day before. The Gold Creek School in Kelleway Avenue, Nicholls, including the Early Childhood Learning Centre, have been listed as exposure sites between 9 and 12 August. The Holy Spirit...
UPDATED: Delta confirmed, Gold Creek school communities in quarantine
News
UPDATED 2:55 pm: The Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the first five COVID-19 cases have the delta variant, and that a sample from the Gold Creek school student has been sent for genomic testing to determine if there was a link to the other cases. Dr Kerryn Coleman said that the four cases linked to the young man whose...
Parks, libraries, sports grounds to close, rubbish collections change during lockdown
News
There will be a range of changes to public transport and city services as part of the ACT's seven-day lockdown. Transport Canberra and City Services say they are planning for situations where significant impacts on service delivery occur. Priority will be given to continuing critical service delivery related to public safety and wellbeing, working closely with contractors, ACT Policing and...
From the Outback to Canberra, meet Region Media’s new Social Media Manager
Business
Region Media's newest hire, Damien Larkins, has come a long way in the last 20 years as he returns home to Canberra - all the way from Longreach, in fact. Damien joins Region Media as our Social Media Manager. He will manage our strategic engagement across multiple social media platforms, including The RiotACT, About Regional, The Canberra Page, My Gungahlin,...
As Canberra grows, do we need to set higher environmental standards for developers?
Property
A majestic 300-year-old box tree stands like a guiding light at one end of the Lumi Collection development in Gungahlin. And in many senses, that's exactly its role. Two apartment blocks take their cues in size and scale from the registered tree, which was treated with kid gloves to ensure that its hydrology was unaffected by the construction process. "When...
Canberra Day appeal’s huge success is testament to a generous community
Community
Hands Across Canberra organisers had been a little uncertain ahead of this year's Canberra Day appeal. They'd asked locals to give emergency support last year during the height of COVID-19, and were unsure how deep our pockets would still be. The results of the appeal, run on 9 and 10 March, have astounded them. At the time of writing, the...
Alistair Coe says it’s time to go: former leader will quit Assembly in March
News
Former leader Alistair Coe has announced that he will quit the Legislative Assembly, just months after a sixth consecutive electoral defeat for the Canberra Liberals. He led the Liberals from 2016 to 2020. "I will be resigning from the Legislative Assembly in March", Mr Coe said in a statement released early this morning. "It has been an honour to represent...
Help, I’ve been bitten by a snake! Here’s what to do next
Community
It's been a wet, mild summer thus far, but warmer weather means snakes are emerging from hibernation looking for food and water and basking in the sun. And Canberrans on holiday are wandering through the bush, taking hikes through long grass or even just pottering around their gardens. The ACT Ambulance Service says it has responded to several snake bite...
For 2021, let’s hope for green shoots of healing and growth
Community
It's been quite a year, hasn't it? Everyone says that. Just before Christmas, I drove down to the South Coast for the first time since before the bushfires tore our region apart. I was anxious about doing so, and as soon as the skyline of burnt trees began appearing after Braidwood so did the tears. Misty Mountain, Pooh Bear's Corner,...
Weekend big bang mystery solved
News
Mysterious loud noises in the middle of the night always cause consternation in Canberra, but this time there's an explanation. Multiple reports have emerged on social media of loud noises occurring around 11:00 pm on Sunday night. They were heard by householders around Belconnen and Woden, and as far afield as Gungahlin. Residents in Queanbeyan and Sutton also heard the...
Australian Dance Party’s Move to Zero campaign takes flight
Community
The ACT election may be over but the party isn't - and the dancing doesn't stop. That's the message from the Australian Dance Party (ADP), which describes itself as "Canberra’s site-specific and change-driven dance company". Their new video series - Move to Zero - uses funky, feel-good short films to suggest that Canberrans can change their everyday behaviour to reduce emissions....
RISE with Canberra’s best events and artists as we move towards recovery
Entertainment
We've needed all our resilience and strength to get through the bushfires and the pandemic. And now it's time to RISE together in Canberra, to recover and grow. The RISE Canberra Calendar was launched on 26 May and has already attracted a substantial following: it's an aggregation of all the events and ideas that you can safely enjoy here in...
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