Welcome everyone to the June/July edition of the Blackwood Times.

When we first arrived in Australia, we were struck by how beautiful regional Victoria was and immediately started on a journey to find our own piece of paradise. Following a decade of quietly searching, the time was right, and we were fortunate to discover the unique township of Blackwood.

We did not know anything about this amazing town and local area but immediately fell in love with the vibrant collective of people from diverse and varied backgrounds. We not only fell in love with our historic property Ambleside Country (circa 1860) but also the community, which grows as we welcome newcomers to the town.

This edition focuses on our community spirit as we celebrate the successes of the Easter Woodchop Carnival, the events being held at St Martin’s and the fantastic turnout at the Anzac Day dawn service.

We also hear from our Indigenous friends and their great contribution to the Carnival right from the start with the Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony, together with regular articles from our amazing contributors in Blackwood.

I hope you enjoy reading this bumper edition of the Times as much as we did putting it together and please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email at: team@theblackwoodtimes.com.au

~ Robert Poulter, (June-July Editor)

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The Blackwood Times team wishes to apologise to the Bendigo Bank for omitting their community update which follows:

Community Bank Trentham & Districts proudly sponsoring your community.

Community First is a mantra that resonates strongly with Community Bank Trentham & Districts and aligns with our values of returning profits back to our local communities where the impact matters most. Blackwood and Trentham have always had a long-standing history as neighbouring towns and we are committed to supporting that relationship for the long term so we can all grow and prosper together.

A Shared Return – Community Bank Trentham & Districts.

Have you ever wondered what a ‘Shared Return’ actually means? At Community Bank Trentham & Districts we do this through sponsored partnerships with local districts clubs, groups, and organisations. We have contributed over $4,500 through sponsorship projects in Blackwood this includes: Blackwood Woodchop & Easter Carnival, Blackwood & Barry’s Reef Landcare Group and The Great Dividing Trail Association Inc. We know that growth is a shared return that supports and benefits those that live locally. When you bank locally good things happen in your community. Great reasons to complete a home loan health check with Bendigo Bank

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Whatever your banking needs, Community Bank Trentham & Districts are here for you. We deliver quality products, exceptional customer service, and flexibility (we will come to you). For a better banking experience call us on 5424 1608.

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  • Jindarup PO
  • Blackwood Hotel
  • Garden of St Erth
  • Caravan Park


  • Petrol & Stuff
  • Red Beard
  • Chaplin’s
  • Pig & Whistle (E Trentham)


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