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 2019
- Patron - Geraldine Knapp
- Patron - 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 and to progress the projects started by past-President Leo Lee. He also wants to celebrate SOWN's 25th year in 2019 and work on an Enoggera Catchment Plan to guide future revegetation work by SOWN.
Management Committee members 2019
Elected on 8 December 2018
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
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 - Brian Hallinan
Brian Hallinan was an Alderman on Brisbane City Council for many years. In 1993, he became concerned about the impacts of BCC works on the Enoggera Creek environment. He invited the existing Enoggera Creek Committee, under the leadership of Trevor Ozanne, to form a 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.
Brian worked with coordinator Brian Sait in the early days of SOWN. Together they set up plant propagation groups at retirement villages. This gave Brian Hallinan the inspiration to create GOSSIP (Golden Oldies Seed Sowing Implantation Project).
SOWN Nursery Manager - Dick Harding
The SOWN nursery manager is Dick Harding and the manager of Wednesday morning 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.