Robert Whyte looks after the SOWN web site and shares much of the day-to-day management of SOWN with Secretary Anne Jones and other members of the management committee. Robert and Anne are part owners of ToadShow, a print, web and multimedia business, one of SOWN's sponsors. Robert is the group leader of the Walton Bridge Reserve bushcare site. The Walton Bridge group meets at Walton Bridge every Saturday at 4pm for a working bee. Robert advises on bushcare technique, plantings and habitat.
Rob's skills encompassis graphic and interface design, marketing and public relations, multimedia, visual art and photography. He has taught new media at QUT, Griffith University and University of Queensland.
Robert has recently become a digital naturalist and arachnophile. That does NOT mean taking pictures of spiders while nude. He has been studying spiders as indicators of biodiversity in bushcare habitats and recently published on this topic in Australasian Arachnologist.
Geraldine has served as the Councillor for The Gap Ward since being elected in 1996. Geraldine has been a resident of The Gap Ward for over 38 years and has contributed greatly to the community as a member of numerous groups including SOWN and Meals and Wheels. Geraldine is the Patron of the Rose Lovers Society, The Gap Leisure Club and Norths Hockey Club. Prior to moving to The Gap, Geraldine lived in Melbourne, where she trained at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music before moving on to teach music to secondary school students. Following the success of Campbell Newman gaining a majority at the 2008 election, Councillor Knapp became Chair of the Families and Community Services Committee.
- email Geraldine - or call 07 3407 1900
In 2005 Anne became Secretary of Save Our Waterways Now. She has been a resident of The Gap since 1995, before that living in Ashgrove.
Anne Jones is ToadShow's Managing Partner, Quality Manager and Director in charge of Print Production. As a writer and editor she develops print, web and multimedia materials.
In 1999 Anne was appointed to the Board of the Queensland Museum, becoming Chair of the Board from 2002 until 2008. She is now an Ambassador for Queensland Museum.
Anne's resume includes a degree in Design Studies from the University of Queensland, and short periods as a rock journalist and a community arts officer.
In 1993 Brian invited the existing Enoggera Creek Committee, under the leadership of Trevor Ozanne, a lecturer in horticulture at Grovely TAFE, to form the nucleus of the steering committee to establish SOWN. The SOWN committee was formed on 1 March 1994 and, because it had not been incorporated, operated under the wing of the Men of The Trees Inc.
SOWN was extremely fortunate to recruit Brian Sait, who took SOWN to his heart and with his energy and enthusiasm, was a driving force behind its success. Brian Sait, among his many other achievements, set up a plant propagation group at Iona Retirement Village, which gave the inspiration to Brian Hallinan to create GOSSIP (Golden Oldies Seed Sowing Implantation Project).
In 2010 Robert Whyte took over Brian's long term role as Director of SOWN. Brian remains an important part of the leadership team.
Many volunteers help out at the Nursery on Wednesdays, propagating, sorting plants, preparing seed, watering, washing tubes and countless other tasks needed to keep the nursery ticking over and supplying plants to members.
SOWN Environment Centre
SOWN has a license to occupy the premises at 98 Yoorala Street overlooking the creek where Vera and Fred Moffett worked for many years. Previously the building had been the Gap Pony Club. An area for horses still remains in the open space.
SOWN is in the process of developing plans to upgrade the building to accommodate a botanic garden, an indigenous garden, a nursery and meeting areas.
Other community groups are welcome to use the facilities at the SOWN Environment Centre. For information, please contact Secretary, Anne Jones.
PO Box 443
The Gap 4061