Annual event a traditional must for Kanandah’s Forrester family
The Nullarbor Muster is an annual tradition for many Goldfields families, but for the Forresters, it is central to their lives.
The family moved to WA almost two decades ago, when Karen Forrester and husband Mark took on Kanandah Station running cattle.
About 100km west of Rawlinna, the Nullarbor Muster has always been a highly anticipated event for the family.
Starting out as attendees, the family soon took on a deeper role in the organisation of the event through the Nullarbor Muster Club committee.
“We live in a very isolated area and it’s a nice way to get together and have a community gathering,” Mrs Forrester said. “It’s also a good way for our children to socialise and mix and learn how to compete.”
She is the treasurer, with Mr Forrester a former president, and their three children have followed in their footsteps.
Amy manages the bar, Nicholas helps out at the Gymkhana, William — who lives in NSW — helps when he can, and Edmund stepped up as the president at this year’s muster. Edmund fondly recalled his time growing up on the station and heading to the muster as a child.
“We made a lot of good memories and made lots of good friends,” he said.
The event raises money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Heart Foundation, Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association and the School of the Air P&C, all of which are important to the outback community.
Mrs Forrester said it was great to see her children continue to a part of the event, and looked forward to the next generation getting involved or competing in the future.
“It’s great, because all of a sudden our children’s generation are having children — there’s a lot of young children in the club at the moment,” she said.
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