Blackwood is a busy place as highlighted in this issue. Over the past two months we’ve seen many gatherings, parties, farewells, community carols, babies born, a garage sale and care expressed for our wonderful forest environment amongst many other events. The glorious sunshine we have experienced over the past few weeks madethese activities all the more delightful.

As Editor for the February-March issue, I am particularly pleased with two stories I hope you find as interesting as I did. Firstly, we have an entertaining insight into a bunch of Melbournians who have been coming to our little town for the past fifty years to play cricket. No wonder they want to play here! Our oval, as we all know, surrounded by magnificent trees is the perfect place to spend the day.

Secondly, I felt privileged to interview an amazing local, John Nugent. In an edited version of that interview, John takes us on an interesting journey through his life and career. Starting as an engineer on the nation building Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, he was employed by the US Navy to help NASA put a man on the moon! Blackwood and its people are certainly a talented and diverse bunch.

Thanks to the herculean efforts of Jinny and Brendan, The Blackwood Times was a finalist in this year’s Community Newspaper Association’s awards (CNAV). Excellent work you two! Blackwood also won the Moorabool Shire’s Community Event of the Year Award for its massively attended Woodchop & Easter Carnival. Congratulations to everyone who helped run that brilliant event.

On behalf of the team of nine people now tasked with putting together the Blackwood Times, I will say thank you for your support in this time of transition, and we welcome feedback and comments. A big thanks also to Dave Commins for content coordination and publication design. Enjoy the warmth, and long may it last!

~Jeanne Tahini (February – March Editor)~

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  • Jindarup PO (when it re-opens)
  • Blackwood Hotel
  • Garden of St Erth cafe
  • Caravan Park


  • Petrol & Stuff
  • Red Beard
  • Chaplin’s


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