Finally, winter in Blackwood seems to be in the past as spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner. Our garden has come out of its winter cupboard, and is in full bloom. At this time of the year, we enjoy nothing more than spending time in it.

With summer approaching it is a reminder of our town’s vulnerability. We have been warned that it is going to be a hot summer with an increased fire risk. The last few weeks the skies of Blackwood have been filled with smoke as we get ready for the months ahead, but a reminder that fire restrictions are now in place.

In this issue you will find some great articles and updates on what has been happening in our community and beyond. We also welcome our newest reporter – Aleks Kukiel, whose interview with Carol about the Post Office, is located in our Kids’ Corner section.

Also, a big congratulations to the Blackwood Times team who won two awards at the recent CNAV Conference. These are the first awards this team have been honoured with and you can find details in this issue.

Well, the festive season is just about upon us and we would like to wish you, your family and friends, safe and happy holidays. I always see this as a time to spend with family. Our daughter Hannah is coming down from Brisbane to spend time with us, which we both are looking forward to.

Robert Poulter, Editor for this issu 

Download the DecJan24-WEB version of the Blackwood Times (.pdf 3.5mb) of the Blackwood Times