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The Forrest Post takes off...

New preps bolster school numbers A unique aspect of the Forrest school complex is that it can cater for children virtually from birth to the end of primary school.

The pilot edition was a hit with locals and visitors, with over 400 copies disappearing from venues around town within a couple of weeks.

Programs include childcare, pre-school and out-of-school-hours care. (The early childhood program still has spaces.)

As a result, we are pleased to commit to a monthly edition for at least the next 6 months. There are many stories to tell and much news to share. Please help us to put each issue together by sending us story ideas and information about what’s happening around town. Email a few paragraphs or half a dozen dot points by the 15th of the month to theforrestpost@gmail.com. Editors, Mandy Bishop and Mary Dracup. ©Forrest and District Community Group

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Tara returned late last year after a 4½-year absence. She has plans for a technology review as New prep Tasman Kirk looks forward to school well as Indonesian classes, a new welfare January was a big month When it opened in 1885, teacher, an increase to for 6 year old Tasman the school also enrolled music and physical Kirk: he has a new baby 38 students. Numbers education, and a science sister, lost his first tooth have fluctuated over the specialist program. and headed off for his first years, with peaks well day of prep at Forrest over 100 during early The new bus shelter at the Primary School. days of logging and again school gate will be used during dam construction by last year’s six grade 6 Tasman is one of nine in the 1960s. Then it was children, who started new preps in 2014, taking one of many in the district secondary school in Colac. the primary school and taught to year 8. Tasman thinks his 3 year enrolments to 38. old sister Ruby might School principal Tara Numbers have dropped miss him this year, but he Hulonce says this is close low enough in the past to expects to be busy playing to an optimal number of threaten closure of the on the big slide every day students for the two- school, but nearly 130 and learning writing and years on, numbers are classroom school. cutting! climbing.

Our town on the telly When you want to hit the open road and get a good coffee you head for Forrest. That’s the message in Ford’s new advertisement, with opening scenes shot at The Corner Store cafe (pictured) and driving out of town toward Apollo Bay. Filming took place in September, and the cameraman is the son of Forrest local, Jenny Farthing.


$60 000 to build a new Men’s Shed in Forrest Local Member, Terry Mulder joined Forrest Men’s Shed committee members, Colac Otway Shire representatives and community members in announcing a $60 000 Victorian Government grant on Friday January 31. ‘The men’s shed movement is really a wonderful initiative and I’m delighted to announce this funding today for a new shed in Forrest,’ Mr Mulder said.

Local member Hon Terry Mulder, congratulates Men’s Shed Vice President, Stuart Baker

‘I know that a great many local people will be looking forward to using the new facilities and that the shed will provide another avenue for community building in Forrest.’

Forrest Men’s Shed Vice President, Stuart Baker said the 30 members were looking forward to building a shed in Blundy Street for themselves and the community.

Men’s Sheds, a health and wellbeing initiative, provide a place where men can meet, talk, use and share their skills in an environment of oldfashioned mateship.

The local Men’s Shed will source an additional $30 000 funding, including its own cash contribution and in-kind support from members, supporters and local community, bringing the total to $90 000.

‘We thank DHS, the Mayor and Shire members for helping to make this a reality,’ said Stuart. ‘Project manager and member, Rob Payton, has done a remarkable job in bringing the planning together.’

Members will be actively involved in completing the facility, part of the co-contribution requirement for the funding. New members are always welcome. To join, call 0419 886 296.


From Forrest to Finland Local schoolgirl, Jasmine Walsh is off on the trip of a lifetime. Having lived in Forrest for the whole of her 16 years, she is taking the huge step of spending a year away in Finland. While she has travelled overseas with family and school before, this will be a unique and exciting opportunity for her. On January 18, Jasmine left for Kuopio, Finland’s second largest town, two hours from Helsinki and with a population of 105 650. After a twoweek language camp, she will meet the first of her four host families. She can’t speak Finnish but is looking forward to the challenge of learning this very complex language, with a view to continue studying it on her return in 2015.

While on exchange, Jasmine will attend high school in Kuopio and camps in Lapland and St Petersburg with other exchange students. Finland will be a huge contrast to Forrest. Winter temperatures get down to minus 20 degrees and it is daylight for only four hours a day during winter months, but this will all be part of the adventure. Jasmine thanks the Forrest and District Lions Club for their kind donation that she used towards buying an iPad for use at school, to correspond home and to assist in her presentations to clubs and schools while she is away. The Colac and Colac West Rotary Clubs are sponsoring Jasmine under the Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Jasmine with Graeme Cox, Chairman of the Rotary Youth Exchange Committee

and Jasmine is one of 15 students from Victoria to be Rotary Youth Exchange ambassadors in 2014. She travelled to Finland with a fellow Year 10 student from Portland.

New licence opens opportunities for rejuvenated Guesthouse The Forrest Guesthouse has undergone quite a transformation since Emma Ashton took over 12 months ago. She and husband Peter have spent the last year transforming the Guesthouse. The cafe and 6 of the 7 rooms have been completely renovated, the kitchen has recently been refurbished and the gardens have been opened up to guests. A newly amended liquor licence now means they can extend the service to make best use of the redevelopments. It also allows larger groups to be catered for. ‘Our guests love to sit under a tree or in the sun, but until now we have had strict limits on where they can enjoy a beer or wine,’ said Emma. ‘This provides a great opportunity to make the most of the grounds for meals and functions, including weddings,’ she said. Chef Simon Stewart joined the team

Owner Emma Ashton enjoys a wine in the Guesthouse garden.

at the end of January, and the Forrest Guesthouse is now open for dinner on Saturday nights. ‘The daytime cafe has been really successful and we’ve developed quite a reputation for our homemade pies,’ said Emma. ‘Simon’s dinner menu adds a new dimension. He uses produce from our garden and brings his own contemporary flair to create dishes that are just delicious.’

Emma (nee Seebeck) grew up in Gerangamete and has returned to invest in the town after 20 years living in Melbourne and the outback. While the cafe is a stately old Forrest home, the accommodation began its life as the Colac Bowling Club clubrooms in the same era, and was relocated over 20 years ago. ‘Coming home and doing up the Guesthouse – it feels like everything old is new again!’ said Emma.


An accessible toilet for the Forrest Hall: a wish too far? The Forrest Hall Committee is trying to raise $50 000 to build a toilet that can be used by people with disabilities. At the moment, wheelchair-bound hall users have to use the caravan park toilets or the female toilets at the hall, with help from their carers. This is far from ideal, especially for the males who regularly attend Thursday lunches and other events at the hall. The project to install an accessible toilet at the hall started in 2011, when the Neighbourhood House received a state government grant for $11 000. At the time this was enough to convert part of the male toilets to an accessible toilet. However, in the time it took to gain planning and building approval, the standards were altered and the project cost leapt to $50 000!

The Hall Committee have applied for many grants to make up the shortfall, but we have been surprised at how difficult it has been. Renovating a toilet is not a sexy project and there seem to be very few grants available for it. We have had a few wins, however: Western District Employment Agency Charitable Trust and the Forrest and District Community Group have made substantial donations. We still need to raise $25 000. We are determined to build this toilet as we do believe the hall should be for people of all abilities. Please ring me on 5236 6245 if you have any suggestions how we can make this happen! Susan Langridge Secretary, Forrest Hall Committee

Congratulations to Kristine, Ben, Tasman and Ruby Kirk on the birth of

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Wheels on fire – building community fire awareness enjoyed free pizza while car rally prizes were awarded.

After a hot week of Total Fire Ban days, the CFA Community Fireguard program and the Neighbourhood House held a 'Wheels on Fire' Car Rally on January 18 to bring the community together to learn and talk about bushfire risks in our environment. Participants heard from CFA and DEPI officers about how different vegetation, recent burns, clearing and other management processes impact bushfire behaviour, speed and intensity.

The CFA Community Fireguard program has operated successfully for over 20 years, bringing neighbours together to discuss how they can reduce risk to their properties, keep themselves safe, make personal decisions, and develop Bushfire Survival Plans. Mike Evans, CFA, helps Tim Mc Donald

After exploring the equipment of the Forrest Brigade, participants

Police update... Inspector Peter Seel of the Colac, Otway and Surf Coast region, has confirmed that the Forrest vacancy was advertised on January 27 in the Police Gazette. There are several steps in the recruitment process, so it is unlikely that we will have an officer in town before early April.

To join one of Forrest’s 5 groups, or to start a group in your street, please call the local facilitator Mandy Baker on 0427 316 395.

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Goodbye from John and Maureen Just 13 years ago when we arrived in Forrest there was the guest house, the pub, Rose's store and the timber mill. Since then the mill relocated, but many more facilities have opened up, including the bike trails.

Similarly, due to Ken Widdowson's hard work, the Forrest Historical Society has made great achievements in preserving local history. The Rail Trail is another asset produced by locals' hard work. We thank all Forrest people in making us so welcome right from the word go, and we will miss your friendship, support and wisdom.

One thing has remained constant, however, and that is the strong and welcoming community of Forrest. Often locals who have not lived elsewhere have bemoaned the poor turn-up to a community meeting. Having lived in the inner suburbs of Melbourne we have thought that a meeting of 50 plus people at the Forrest Hall would be greatly envied by organisers in North Melbourne or Carlton, and that 50 people out of a total population of 200 was a very impressive turn up.

John Weickhardt and Maureen Ward

Another characteristic of Forrest is people’s ability to make a lot out of little. The Forrest Public Hall gets no public funding other than some insurance money from the Shire, but over the years, due to the hard work of people like Rose McAlpine, Paul Frizon and Susan Langridge, there have been many improvements to the Hall.

Farewell Afternoon Tea Saturday February 15, 2-4pm Forrest Public Hall Grant Street, Forrest

 Bring a plate to share  John 0439 591 380 Maureen 0439 355 191

What’s on in Forrest ... Tennis A Grade Forrest v Warncoort Gold 1 March, 1 pm, Forrest Division 3 (Juniors) Barwon Downs v Cororooke Gold 8 Feb, 9 am, Barwon Downs Barwon Downs v Beeac Black 22 Feb, 9 am, Barwon Downs Division 4 (Juniors) Barwon Downs v Deans Marsh 8 Feb, 9 am, Barwon Downs Barwon Downs v Birregurra 15 Feb, 9 am, Barwon Downs

Netball Registration day 2 February 12 pm Forrest Recreation Reserve. BBQ and soft drink supplied by FFNC. Contact: Renee Seebeck on 0409 101190

Football Practice match 15 March, 1 pm, Manifold Heights Cricket Ground: Forrest v. Blue West (Geelong West) Season starts 5 April

Church Services St James Church, Grant St All welcome Anglican services: 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11.15 am Uniting services: 1st Sunday, 10.30 am

Mountain Biking Giant Odyssey MTB marathon 27 April 100, 50, 15 km options www.konaodyssey.com.au


Why did you decide to become an Australian citizen?

Keawalia Simtarakao (Thailand): I opened a restaurant in Colac. The people I see make me want to be an Australian.

Brian Kelly (Scotland): It’s a sense of identity. My daughter is Australian, so it’s nice for her to have a Scottish/ Australian father.

‘To many Aboriginal people Australia Day is an emotional day … I ask you to consider how they feel … and to walk gently on the land.’ Aunty Edna Arnold

‘Through active community involvement people come to understand the importance of the one to make a difference.’ Jessica Layton

The Forrest community knows how to throw an Australia Day party! Bright sun shone on a day of energy, colour, food and festivities. Around a thousand people attended the official ceremony in the grounds of the Forrest Hall, overflowing chairs onto the lawn and under shady trees. Quintessentially Australian food and activities included bush dancing, native animal interactions, lamb on the barbie, koala face painting and homemade lemonade. Pedal smoothies, ice-creams, market stalls, bands and balloon sculpting kept children and adults entertained for hours. Mayor Lyn Russell said the Forrest community had truly embraced its role as host of Australia Day, with the Neighbourhood House, school, Historical Society, Lions Club and Men’s Shed pitching in.

Elham Alkura, with husband Adram and daughters Nour, Yara and Rita (Palestine) It’s a very big thing for me. It is the first time my husband, children and I have been citizens of the same country. This unites our family.

Frank Veenstra (Netherlands): I’ve seen my kids grow up here, and can see how blessed we are to live in this beautiful country. I want to be more of a part of it, to have voting rights, to be more involved.

Top left: Advance Australia Fair Above: Colourful girls - Kaye MacDonald’s granddaughters, Kaylin and Hannah Left: Primary chool fund raiser, homemade lemonade


Why did you decide to become an Australian citizen?

The official party, from left: Robert Hennessy, Woolworths Colac; Christine Nixon, Australia Day Ambassador; Cr Lyn Russell, Mayor; Rob Small, CEO Colac Otway Shire

‘With the farms getting bigger and people leaving the small communities you find there are a lot less volunteers... that’s why I’m still here!’ Jack Ilett

Colac Otway welcomed 19 new Australians on Sunday January 26. Aunty Edna Arnold provided a welcome to place, while Australia Day Ambassador Christine Nixon reminded us that the strength of our community comes from supporting one another. Cr Lyn Russell, Colac Otway Shire Mayor presented Australia Day awards to the following people: Mick McGannon, Colac Otway Shire Citizen of the Year Jessica Layton, Colac Otway Shire Young Citizen of the Year Jack Ilett, Community Service Award Mike Green, Sporting Service Award

Keith & Susan Kelly (England): We’ve been here 50 years so thought it was about time, although we’ve been Aussies for some time – we even barrack for the Aussies over the Poms in the cricket!

Phillipus Snyman (Namibia) I’ve been here since 2007 and in that time I’ve got married and had a child. Now I want to join the military so I have to be an Australian citizen.

Our new citizens originated from Afghanistan, Nepal, the UK, the Netherlands, Namibia, Indonesia, Palestine, Russia and Thailand.

Elizabeth Wright (England): I live in Apollo Bay and I love the community support and the environment. I wanted to be part of the community.

Top left: Forrest wrappers – Lions Club BBQ Above: Cr Lyn Russell gets pedalling tips from Men’s Shed’s Brendon Murphy and Stuart Baker Left: Bush dancing fun in the sun.

Ali Shariff (Afghanistan): To have freedom, a good life and to live comfortably. I would like to thank everyone, especially Australia.


Frank: I retired at 69. We had a good mill down at Station Street, opposite the bike shop. I loved Forrest and I used to think about it lot even when I was living in Ballarat. I played footy for Forrest for about 9 years. I was 36 when I gave it away – or when they asked me to give it away!

Q: How long have you been in Forrest and what brought you here?

who’s who: June and Frank Frizon

Frank: I’ve been in Forrest for the best part of 80 years – I was away for about 11, working in Geelong and Ballarat. I was working at Fords and my mother wrote to me to say my father had bought a saw plant and I had to come back. We had to assemble it and build the shed – do everything back to front. If I knew then what I learned later I would never have come back! The only good thing that happened was that I met June.

Q: You would have been involved in a lot of things over the years June: I was mainly involved in things for the children – the school, the hall, the maternal health centre. Frank made up for what I wasn’t involved in. Frank: You only had to bob your head up in a meeting and you were on a committee! Q: What's the most remarkable change that you've noticed in your time here? Frank: The shutting of the mills. I think Forrest is on the verge of going upwards, but in my opinion it has to be a tourist area. June: That’s what it is now – tourism – which is good. We think it’s terrific, especially living opposite all the activity. The buses of school children pull up and they’re happy as Larry, you know. You hear them chatting and laughing. And the little places like the bike shop and the brewery and now the pub and the caravan park, it’s terrific.

June: We were married in May 1957, one month before I turned 27, so I’ve lived here since then. I came from Woodend. A girlfriend married a man who worked in the sawmills and I came to visit. I met Frank at the hall at a dance. It was a few years before we got married Frank kept asking me and I kept saying no.

Q: And the future? June: No matter what, we’ll always stay here because our family is close and everyone gets along. There’s something about Forrest which is sort of a little bit of magic I reckon. Frank: Our family come and see us a lot which is great. In the last 12 months I’ve been going downhill and it’s getting steeper!

Frank (with a laugh): I’ve often thought about that! Q: What's kept you here in Forrest?

June: You’d be the oldest person in Forrest, Frank.

June: Sawmilling kept us here and when Frank retired we didn’t want to shift. We love it here and you can’t find a better place.

Frank (chuckling): Yeah, I’m not too proud of that!

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Q: What's brought you to Forrest?

Q: Where were you before you came here? I grew up in New Zealand, but have been travelling since 2010. I lived and worked in France for a year, in Paris and Alsace. I came to Melbourne at the start of last year – working for friends Bobby and Andy at the Duchess of Spotswood while I searched for a more permanent position. Q: What do you like most about living here?

Q: You're working at Brae in Birregurra? Yes, as a waiter, I think of myself as a young Basil Fawlty… It's exciting working with Dan Hunter, he has an international reputation as a

I like the peaceful element, hearing nothing but the crickets and birds, the rustles in the night. I've had big lizards and an echidna in the garden, and the unique grunt of the koalas – there's something magical about it. I've done a lot of hiking in the past and I'm enjoying exploring the bush here – Lake Elizabeth, and the mountain bike trails. I haven't met many people yet, but my neighbours have been really welcoming. I am excited to be here!

who’s new: Benjamin Callander

I've spent most of my life working in restaurants and vineyards. When I heard about the opening of Brae I jumped at the opportunity to work in a leading restaurant while living in a small community, which I prefer to the city. After the interview I decided to take the scenic route back to the city and stumbled across Forrest, I decided then and there that it would be my new home if I got the job! My partner Whitney likes to come here on her days off too – she's a pastry chef at Rosa's Kitchen in Melbourne.

chef and I really like his plans for the restaurant. Brae has a great base to build from already, its previous owner George Biron was a pioneer of paddock to plate cooking, so a lot of the hard work in establishing the garden is already done. This year the plan is to extend the garden to ideally provide the restaurant with more than 95% of its produce, which is an ambitious but rewarding goal to work towards. Dan’s food is modern and challenging, comforting and surprising, and essentially Australian.

4-legged locals – the llamas of Frizon Street what we are up to.

Owner: Diana Andreola (on loan to Gillian Brew and John Frizon) Names: Alias and Excalibur are the breed names these llamas came with, but we jokingly refer to them as Whipper and Snipper for the great job they do on keeping down the grass. They love blackberries which is a bonus, and roses - not such a bonus. Both are neutered males. Favourite pastime: ‘King of the Castle’ on a pile of clay in the paddock. One makes a stand while the other tries to push him off which includes nipping ankles and a

Best trick: They are great ‘alarm llamas’ and alert us to anything unusual, especially wandering dogs or foxes on the property which they chase off, a reason why you will often see a couple of llamas kept with sheep. lot of ducking and shoving, quite hilarious to watch. They are inquisitive and intelligent. While they look cuddly, they shy away from contact, but are sticky beaks and will often come over to see

Misadventure: They have been known to escape when someone leaves a gate open mistakenly and have been seen wandering down Sandersons Lane heading for the Brewery! Thirsty llamas perhaps? Gill Brew


Trout about With the recent increase in water levels at the West Barwon Reservoir, a water bridge has been created between the dam and the quarry to the east of the spillway. Fish swim into the quarry and become trapped when the water inevitably recedes. Anglers who are quick to make the most of this can increase their chances of a good catch before it is fished out.

Rainbow and brown trout spawn in the tributaries, with Fisheries Victoria adding around 4000 brown trout to the waters each year. Redfin and eel also live in the dam. Most fish from the wall or from the bank to the east when water levels are lower.

...BEER NEWS... the Pobblebonk is back! A french saison brewed using local broomfield strawberry clover honey and orange peel.

To maintain water quality, Barwon Water prohibits wading, boating and swimming in the reservoir.

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Smoked Trout Salad...

This recipe is best started the day before Serves 4

Ingredients

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1. Read this recipe numerous times, 5. For the dressing, place all familiarise yourself with the ingredients in a clean jam jar and ingredients and play out in your shake until combined (30 head how it’s going to work! seconds). If you don’t have a jam 2. Place the water, salt and sugar in a jar, you can whisk in a large bowl. dish with the trout. Allow to 6. To bring the salad together you ‘brine’ for approx 4 hours. Remove need to flake the trout, ensuring to from brining liquid and allow to remove bones. Add the crumbled air dry in fridge overnight, eggs and all the other salad uncovered. ingredients. Drizzle 75% of the 3. Using a hooded BBQ, light just one dressing into the salad and toss. burner to low. Place moist wood Add more dressing if desired. chips on metal tray above burner. Enjoy! Wipe trout with Dijon mustard and place in BBQ on baking rack at I serve this with warm buttered sourdough. It could also be eaten in a the cool end of the BBQ (opposite end to the lit burner). Close lid and wrap or just as a salad. allow to smoke for 30 mins. To Any problems or test, pull back a little meat near questions, pop into the gills. Allow to cool. the brewery and 4. Drop eggs gently into boiling see me! water for 9 mins, rinse under cold Ben Kirk water until cool. Peel and Chef refrigerate (this can be done the Forrest Brewery day before).

½ cup applewood chips (soaked for 20 mins in water) 1/3 cup salt 1/3 cup white sugar 2 lt water 1 fresh Barwon trout (approx 1kg scaled and gutted) 1 tsp Dijon mustard Salad 4 hard boilded eggs 2 cups mixed lettuce 4 thinly sliced gherkins ½ red onion, sliced 2 tbspn capers Cracked pepper Dressing (vinaigrette) 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 100ml vegetable oil Pinch salt and pepper 1 finely sliced small red chilli (optional) ½ tsp white sugar


Please trot out those valuable historic photos... requiring much thought about the arrangement, dress, table setting and actions to be recorded (reading a book and pouring tea). The camera exposure would take several seconds so a pose had to be held still.

Do you have an old shoe box or a bottom drawer where there might be some valuable historic photos? We often hear stories of old photos being thrown out when people move or a house is sold. Now is the time to get them into Forrest’s permanent history archive. You do not have to relinquish a rare photo. These days they are easily scanned into our records and returned immediately. Here’s a wonderful example. Jenny Cunnington of Barwon Downs has just supplied this historic photo for the Society’s archive taken on 7 December 1924, 90 years ago. The photo shows the sisters of Thomas Alfred Curtis, who had the first mail run from Forrest to Apollo Bay. They are, from right to left, Ria, May, Emma and Val. This is an exceptionally sharp and clear photo, which not only features this important historic family but gives

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Photos of our early history become more valuable with time as future generations try to imagine Forrest’s early history. If you have a photo to add to our archive, please email me at kenw@pipeline.com.au or phone me on 5236 6317. Ken Widdowson, President FDHS

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Across 1 Path through the bush 5 Milled timber 6 Police (slang) 9 Prickly monotreme 10 Native tree species 11 Natural body of water 12 Snare 13 Beer producer 14 Our rail trail 16 Ash Wednesday was one 18 "101" sign on Tiger Trail 19 Sign of one tree year 20 The school is in its 130th

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Down 2 Provides light 3 Bounce stones on water 4 Woodcutter's tool 5 Lake Elizabeth monotreme 6 Fire stoppers 7 First year of school 8 “Red Carpet” trail number 10 Pink and grey parrot 11 Tree feller 13 Banked turn on bike trail 15 Lots falls in the Otways! 16 Yummy honey - Yellow ____ 17 Pigs' home

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New coach for a pride of new, young Lions Adam Wells, the new coach of the Forrest football team, is confident the team of fit, young players he has recruited for this season will be competitive with every other team in the league.

enjoy their football and the social side of playing for Forrest.

Wells has played for Forrest for the last two years and was one of the winning 2012 premiership side. He will play as well as coach in 2014. Wells says his main challenge is to get the recruits playing as a team. With so few from Forrest playing football now, most players have been drawn from a variety of Geelong and Colac teams and have not played together before. Only three remain from the premiership side. While Wells's aim is to make the finals, he is keen for the players to

‘They are a young side, 80% are under 25. I hope they'll hang around for a few years,’ he said. ‘It's my job to make sure they enjoy coming down here, and if they win games it will be more enjoyable for the players and supporters!’ Wells, who lives with his young family in Lethbridge near Geelong, has played football for 30 years in The Bellarine and Geelong District Leagues. He was assistant coach at Bell Post Hill for several years but this is his first time as head coach. Bob Brooks, President of the FFC, said Adam will be 'a great fit for our club'. 'He's a very quiet, unassuming sort of person, easy to talk to, great to be around, and he relates to the players very well.'

Footy countdown... Season starts April 5 First home game April 12 Forrest v Lorne

The Tiger Quoll The Tiger Quoll, or Spot Tailed Quoll, is the largest remaining native marsupial predator on the mainland. Up until 3000-3500 years ago the mainland also supported larger native predators, the Thylacine and the Tasmanian Devil. Tiger Quolls belong to a family of carnivorous marsupials called Dasyurids, of which there are 55 species, some smaller than house mice. Tiger Quolls can weigh between 3.5 and 1.8 kilos, with males being noticeably larger. Like the kangaroo, quolls give birth to joeys the size of a grain of rice. Once developed the young leave the pouch and cling to their mothers’ back to complete their infancy. Quolls are largely nocturnal and are great climbers, which adds to

the wide range of prey they have in their diet. They eat insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals, depending on what is available where they live. The fate of the Tiger Quoll seems to be tenuous. The smaller Eastern Quoll went extinct on the mainland in the 1960s, and now it seems the Tiger Quoll could be headed down the same path. The Otway Ranges were once a stronghold for the species, with animals in previous decades being quite common. Whilst there have been some recent records, and they are incredibly secretive, their population seems to be falling. It has been hard to pinpoint the causes, but it is likely that it is a combination of increased competition from foxes and cats, poison baiting and habitat fragmentation.

Forrest is a prime spot to find a quoll as there are large tracts of forest with high rainfall, which they seem to prefer. Locals at the southern end of town have seen and heard what they believe are Tiger Quolls around their homes in recent months. If you have seen this animal, then reporting it to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries could help to build a picture of its current status and may aid in finding a way to support this beautiful native species to persist. Peter Ashton - Forrest Guesthouse


Forrest Post February 2014