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Vegetation Management -Brisbane Biodiversity Seminar
Brisbane City Council is committed to protecting the 2500+ plant and animal species that make Brisbane the most biodiverse capital city in Australia.

Join special guest speakers Jono and Tali Shelley and Mike Olsen to hear about the use of natural weed control strategies and the historical composition and function of the Gondwana rainforest.

Date: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Time: 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start to 9.00 pm
Where: Geebung Bowls Club, 21 Thompson Street, Zillmere

RSVP: Bookings are essential. Please book your seat through Eventbrite by 5pm Tuesday 6 March.

For more information, phone Andrew Wills on 3407 0215 or email the Community Conservation Partnership Program team at CCOfficers@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Acquatic macro-invertebrates - WHAT Training Workshop
Waterway Health Assessment Training (WHAT) workshops are provided by Brisbane City Council (BCC). This workshop is on aquatic macro-invertebrate sampling and identification

SOWN members and others who are involved in the Enoggera Catchment Creek Health Monitoring Program (ECCHMP) with Leo Lee are invited to attend.

Aquatic Ecologist Natalie Toon will guide participants through the requirements and methodology to undertake an aquatic macro-invertebrate survey in your local creek. Training will include capture techniques, identification of macro-invertebrates, and how the results relate to waterway health.

When: Sunday 11th March: 9am - 1pm (morning tea & lunch provided)

Where: 681 Gold Creek Road Brookfield

RSVP & Questions: To Michael Thorley at CCOfficers@brisbane.qld.gov.au


SOWN joins Australian Association of Bush Regenerators
At the first Committee meeting for 2018, SOWN decided to join the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR).

The aims of AABR are to promote the study and practice of ecological restoration and to foster and encourage effective management of natural areas.

AABR has an excellent website with many guidelines on bush regeneration practices that you can access by clicking on the heading above. 

New SOWN President and Management Committee Elected
At the SOWN AGM on 9 December, a new President and Management Committee were elected.

John Abbott has replaced Leo Lee as SOWN President. Members thanked Leo for his leadership, inspiration and good humour over the past three years.

The full list of SOWN office bearers and Management Committee members is as follows:
President - John Abbott
Vice President - John Perkins
Secretary - John Rohde
Treasurer - Derek Simpson
Committee members are: Leo Lee; Mick Bruhwiller; Di Glynn; Kerry Williamson; Peter Hale; Pru Gibbs; Chris Galbraith; Andrew Galbraith; Steve Toomey and Samantha Penman.

Congratulations to all.

SOWN Nursery Stocktake - December 2017
A stocktake of plants (tubestock) in the SOWN Nursery was undertaken on 13 December 2017. The nursery was holding 23,217 tubestock plants.

If you would like to see the range of species and numbers of plants available in the nursery at that date, click on the heading above. All of these plants are native to the Enoggera Creek catchment. 

Please return your wire trays
If you have any wire trays and you can return them to the SOWN nursery, please do so asap.

This is a recurring problem and failure to return these trays impedes our capacity to grow plants and to supply them to you.

Trays can be left at the nursery gate at any time, they will be cleared by nursery volunteers throughout the week. Please help us to help you. We could buy more trays by implementing a deposit scheme, but this would be an unnecessary inconvenience to you and the nursery volunteers.

Lynn Swan volunteering for SOWN Nursery

Saturday morning nursery volunteers are needed!
We need more volunteers to help staff the SOWN Plant Nursery on a Saturday morning. It's only for two hours every couple of months and it's a seriously great place to hang out amongst the plants. 

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SOWN is a community organisation working to restore the habitats of creeks and waterways in the catchments of Enoggera, Ithaca and Fish Creeks in Brisbane's north west.

The SOWN nursery provides plants free to members. Nursery opening hours are as follows:
Saturdays 9.00 am to 11.00 am; and
Wednesdays 9.00 am to 12.30 pm. 

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These planting guides will help you choose the best local native plants for your regeneration site or garden. You can also visit the "Plants To Plant" section using the site navigation. 

SOWN has volunteer catchment groups working on creek restoration throughout the Enoggera catchment including along Enoggera Creek, Fish Creek and Ithaca Creek. Look here to find the group nearest to you.