March 4, 2020

Barwon Water and Colac Otway Shire Council have been working with the Forrest community to investigate opportunities for wastewater improvements in the township.

Barwon Water has engaged Marsden Jacob Associates (MJA) to undertake a cost-benefit analysis for the preferred Forrest wastewater solution, which was identified with the community. The preferred solution involves upgrading onsite systems (where necessary) to contain wastewater on individual properties, with an additional, centralised system to handle excess treated wastewater.

The aim of MJA’s work is to collect the data required to understand the costs and benefits of the system holistically. This will help us plan any next steps. We anticipate this work will occur until April 2020.

Have your say
There are two streams of engagement in this phase. The first stream involves targeted interviews with local businesses, tourism and regulatory stakeholders, commencing in February. The second part is the survey for residents, open until Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 5 pm.

Your input will help inform the cost-benefit analysis for the Forrest wastewater solution.

Survey for residents
Please visit to complete the short, five-minute survey.  If you need a hard copy survey, please contact Kate Manning on or 5226 2580.

Business consultation

If you own or manage a business in Forrest and would like to participate in an interview with the consultants, please email or call us:

·         Kate Manning – / 5226 2580

·         Rhys Bennett – /  5226 2328

Come and say hi

Barwon Water staff will host listening posts outside the Forrest General Store, if you would like to speak to us in person. Surveys will be available on the day in hard copy and online via iPads.

·         Tuesday 17 March 2020, 11 am to 1 pm – outside the Forrest General Store

·         Friday 20 March 2020, 1 pm to 3 pm – outside the Forrest General Store