It has been a cold winter in Blackwood and a couple of confronting months with the passing of two much-loved local gentle-men: Dave Commins a valued member of the Blackwood Times team (see tribute to him on p3) and Garry Fischer, a local legend (p8). Whilst these events have greatly saddened us, they have also brought us closer together. Old Farts night at the pub on the Monday, when we learned of Dave’s death, once again showed how supportive the Blackwood community is of each other. So, this is a sad & glad issue of The Times, but the darkness of the winter forest is being lit with the vivid yellow of wattle and the heath problem is a purple wonder to behold.

It is 10 years since the Blackwood Times came into being, evolving out of 5 years of Blackwood News. Now the paper has become The Blackwood Times Vic Inc. enabling us to apply for funding in our own right and insuring the team against slanderous slips of the pen. The double page colour centre-fold is one innovation and this issue highlights the Storm Recovery Street Party. It is just on 2 years since the storm and for too many the consequent difficulties remain. The Party and the Emergency Management Plan (p13) came about in partnership with Moorabool Council to aid in our recovery.

Getting together and having fun sure helps. The Bush Dance is coming up; we enjoyed 2 great music concerts in The Chapel and there’s excitement a-plenty with The Pub coming under new ownership. As usual, there’s some history including a great story about Captain Moonlight (p5).

Also, a big thank you to Bendigo Bank, Trentham for their support.

Enjoy the read.


~ John Kemp, Editor for this issue.

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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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