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BCC Restoration Celebration 2018 at Tennis Avenue
Brisbane City Council (BCC) is working to keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. Meet like-minded volunteers and celebrate our achievements in protecting and restoring Brisbane's catchments and biodiversity.

SOWN members are invited to a catered breakfast and a fun and informative morning featuring live music from local band Leopold's Treat, guided tours of Tennis Avenue Park and Corbie Street Park restoration sites and a range of presentations on various aspects of restoration work.

Date: Sunday 19 August, 8.00 am-12 noon
Where: Tennis Avenue Park, Tennis Avenue, Ashgrove
RSVP: Bookings via Eventbrite are essential by Friday 10 August 2018.

Click on the above heading to link to Eventbrite. The password for the event is ' Restoration2018 '

For more information contact Andrew Wills, Creek Catchment Officer on 3407 0215 or email CCPPevents@brisbane.qld.gov.au 

Brisbane Biodiversity Seminar - Threatened Species
Brisbane City Council values your help to protect more than 2500 plant and animal species that make Brisbane the most biodiverse capital city in Australia.

SOWN members and friends are invited to join special guest speaker Matt Cecil of Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and Council's Land for Wildlife team for a fun evening as we explore some community based projects to protect our local threatened species.

Date: Thursday 6 September 2018, 6.00 -8.30pm
Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
RSVP: Bookings are essential. Book your spot through Eventbrite by 5pm Thursday 30 August.

For more information, phone Andrew Wills on 07 3407 0215 or email CCPPevents@brisbane.qld.gov.au


Hilder Road State School P&C wins Grand Prize in HLW Awards
Hilder Road State School P&C has won the Minister's Grand Prize at the recent Healthy Land and Water (HLW) Awards.
The award is for the P&C and school's work to restore and protect Fish Creek and for the associated educational website called fishcreek4061.
Since 2013, the school community has rehabilitated over 2 kms of creek bank through a collaborative effort to remove litter, eliminate weeds and replant local native species.
Click on the image to look at the great fishcreek4061 website. 

Dawn Whyte made a Life Member of SOWN
Dawn Whyte has been made a Life Member in recognition of her many years of organising the SOWN Saturday volunteers. The citation reads 'For Outstanding Service to Our Volunteers'. Congratulations and thank you Dawn!
Photo shows, from left, Dick Harding (Nursery Manager), Dawn and John Abbott (President).

Impacts of Proposed Mt-Cootha Zipline - Peter Hale
What are the environmental, noise, traffic and other impacts of the proposed Mt-Cootha Zipline?
A copy of Peter's presentation at our member's meeting on 24 June is attached. Click on the above heading to open. 

Join SOWN and Live Forever? - Dr Andrew Galbraith
What are the health benefits and risks of working in the SOWN Nursery or on revegetation sites?
A copy of Andrew's presentation at our member's meeting on 15 April is attached. Click on the above heading to open. 

'This Week by the Creek' eNewsletter May-June 2018
The latest newsletter from our partners at the BCC Creek Catchments Program is attached for your information.

It contains information and updates about creek activities and events across Brisbane, training opportunities and grants that are available.

Please have a look at it by clicking on the above heading or image. 

SOWN Nursery Stocktake - March 2018
A stocktake of plants (tubestock) in the SOWN Nursery was undertaken on 28 March 2018. The nursery was holding 17,702 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. 

SOWN President and Management Committee Elected
At the SOWN AGM in December 2017, 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.

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.