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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Canberra company’s Ebola response lauded with humanitarian service medals
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At the height of a rampant Ebola outbreak in 2014, Freetown, Sierra Leone was described by Aspen Medical's Dr John Gerrard as "the worst affected city, in the worst affected country in the worst ever epidemic of the worst disease known". But rather than retreating in horror from a virulent epidemic, medical staff from the Canberra company headed straight towards...
Workshops will show how to build a thriving export business in the Capital Region
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Getting into export sounds like a big call for many small businesses. Where would you start? How challenging could it be? The Canberra Region Joint Organisation, representing eight neighbouring local government areas, says the Capital Region is richly blessed with export possibilities. Often all that's lacking is confidence and know-how The CRJO is co-presenting a series of free interactive workshops, designed...
Are you an exporter? Canberra businesses step up for local and national awards
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Canberra is not immediately apparent as a major export centre. We're a small city with little manufacturing. But in the world of 21st-century exporting, being nimble and clever is a very big asset especially where you're trading knowledge. The ACT annual export awards give business across the Territory a chance to show what they've got on a local and national...
Moving on from the military and making sense of a new life
Local Leaders
Like many Canberrans, Nigel Earnshaw's life was consumed by his military service. Deployed five times, he suffered an injury in Iraq and reached the rank of major before leaving the armed forces and wondering what would come next. His journey illustrates both the difficulties in making that transition and the potential positive outcomes. "The military gives you a place to...
Village Building Company celebrates 30 years of creating Canberra communities
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Bob Winnell from the Village Building Company has good reason to look contented as he considers 30 years of development in Canberra. From pioneering the idea of a tram to buying up the Big Banana (and continuing to own a banana plantation), he's now a long way from the battling builder with big ideas about knitting our community together into...
Regional economist says skilled migration is vital to our knowledge economy future
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A leading Australian economist has used the Australian Local Government Association's annual regional congress, held here in Canberra, to fundamentally challenge popular beliefs about limiting immigration. Dr Peter Brain from National Economics, who prepared the annual State of the Regions report, says that parts of Australia are indeed full, but others are crying out for skilled migrants to build a knowledge-based...
Why free, good quality local media matters more than ever in this town
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After two decades of tumultuous change in the industry, local media is arguably more important than ever. Huge financial pressures have forced hundreds of redundancies and changed formats dramatically as traditional mastheads grapple with what the audience wants and how they can pay for their business models. As a result of those pressures, the venerable Canberra Times goes behind a...
Murdoch dips into the Canberra media market with digital launch
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In a further development for the changing Canberra media market, News Corp has announced it will be launching a digital news platform called the Canberra Star. Kate Christian, who most recently worked on suburban Sydney newspapers the Wentworth Courier and the Northern District Times, is the Star's journalist. The Canberra Star is described as "a local digital news platform covering Canberra and...
How a major infrastructure firm is building reconciliation
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Infrastructure consultancy firm GHD has had a major presence here in Canberra since 1966. As an engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services consultancy, they work on big national projects, and in recent years they've had a big (and very serious) focus on Reconciliation. The company's projects in the region including work on the ACT Healthy Waterways and new Courts facilities...
Canberra Times offloaded by Nine in $125m deal
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The Canberra Times will change hands once again after being sold off as part of the Nine/Fairfax media merger. Former Domain real estate boss Antony Catalano and Thorney Investments are part of a company that will pay $115m for the Australian Community Media and Printing group. The group includes multiple regional mastheads and assets that Nine boss Hugh Marks described...
Budget 2019: Canberra not on infrastructure fast track, says business
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There's been a mixed reaction from local business figures to the 2019 Federal budget as local leaders conjure with tax cuts and a promised surplus on one hand but a distinct lack of direct local benefits for the Canberra economy on the other. During the Canberra Business Chamber's budget breakfast, Region Media questioned Senator Zed Seselja on how strongly he...
People matter for business leadership says RSM
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A gathering that brings together Canberra's business and commerce leaders doesn't necessarily sound like the first place you'd turn for personal growth insights. But organisers of the highly successful RSM Business and Finance Symposium say it's not always about the numbers in business: you can't succeed without a focus on people. The annual half-day conference is tailored to equip leaders...
Creating a better balance for women’s work and life
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The theme for International Women's Day 2019 is #balanceforbetter, an idea that draws together finding balance in the workplace, the home and throughout our community. But balance is as tricky to achieve in the working world as it is on the playground see-saw, because everyone's lives are a different shape. In a profession where old standards about the work-family balance...
ANU’s new Club Lime is sparkling with possibilities
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Pretty much everything is sparkling at the ANU's new Club Lime, from the swimming pools to the wraparound trees on the university campus, framing the array of state of the art fitness equipment. But while the atmosphere is relaxing, the pace can be as tough as you want it to be. A 25m lap pool and a smaller program pool...
Powered by Passion: Canberra women reaching for the stars
Local Leaders
"If you can't see it, you can't be it", goes the mantra: we all need role models and inspiration, and sometimes the most powerful icons are right there in our own backyards. Powered by Passion is a new Region Media series by Nina Gbor that takes us inside the lives and motivations of some remarkable Canberra women. Some may already be...
How Canberra vet Karen Viggers became an international bestseller
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Canberra author Karen Viggers is probably as surprised as anyone about how she went from being a suburban veterinarian to selling 800,000 copies of her last novel in France. "That's like every single person in Canberra having two copies of The Lightkeeper's Wife," she laughs. Sales exploded after a French publisher championed the book, set on Bruny Island. In her...
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