How to contact SOWN
Postal Address: PO Box 443, The Gap, Q 4061
Location: Visit the SOWN Nursery and Twahamwe Cottage, 57 Paten Road, The Gap, Q 4061. Turn into Paten Park and follow the road to the carpark at the end.
- President - John Abbott
- Management Committee members 2020
- Patron - Geraldine Knapp
- Patron and Founder - Brian Hallinan
- SOWN Nursery Manager - Dick Harding
President - John Abbott
John was elected President of SOWN in December 2017. He is an urban planner and has been a member of SOWN for over 20 years, doing revegetation and as a Saturday and Wednesday volunteer. He grew up in Gordon Park, backing on to Kedron Brook, and spent many hours playing 'down the creek'. John wants to continue playing down the creek with SOWN. He has enjoyed celebrating SOWN's 25th year and producing the history book in 2019. He wants to continue working on an Enoggera Catchment Plan to guide future work by SOWN.
Management Committee members 2020
Elected on 7 December 2019.
President - John Abbott
Vice President - John Perkins
Secretary - John Rohde
Treasurer - Derek Simpson
Other Committee Members
- Mick Bruhwiller
- Di Glynn
- Kerry Williamson
- Janet Mangan
- Christine Galbraith
- Andrew Galbraith
- Cr Steve Toomey
- Leo Lee
- Dean Wyatt
Patron - Geraldine Knapp
Geraldine served as the Councillor for The Gap Ward on Brisbane City Council from 1996 to 2015. She was President of SOWN over this period until December 2014. Geraldine has been a resident of the Enoggera catchment for over 38 years. She has contributed greatly to the community as a member of numerous groups including SOWN, Meals and Wheels, The Gap Leisure Club and Norths Hockey Club.
Patron and Founder - Brian Hallinan
Brian Hallinan was an Alderman on Brisbane City Council for many years and was the founder of SOWN. In 1993, he became concerned about the impacts of BCC works on the Enoggera Creek environment. He obtained funding and worked with the existing Enoggera Creek Committee to establish SOWN. The SOWN committee was formed on 1 March 1994.
Brian worked closely with coordinator Brian Sait in the early days of SOWN. Together they set up numerous local resident groups to adopt sections of the creeks. They also set up plant propagation groups at retirement villages known as GOSSIP (Golden Oldies Seed Sowing Implantation Project).
SOWN Nursery Manager - Dick Harding
The SOWN nursery manager is Dick Harding and the coordinator of Wednesday morning volunteer activities is Lynn Swan.
Many volunteers help out at the nursery on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Propagating, sorting plants, preparing seed, watering, washing tubes and countless other tasks that need to be done to keep the nursery ticking over and supplying plants to members.
New volunteers are always welcome on Wednesday morning. Come along at 9.00 am and ask for Lynn.