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Talking Creeks Oral History Project

Talking Creeks was an oral history project that documents how SOWN was established. Dee Martin, an oral historian, interviewed 16 volunteers about how and why they established or became involved in SOWN. Mark Crocker was the photographer and project manager.

Anne Jones
While Anne Jones believes that SOWN remains largely unchanged "on the ground" since she and Rob Whyte joined in 2003, she does acknowledge that they... 

Athol Brown
On the first day of his retirement, Athol Brown got out of bed and wondered, What will I do today? The decision he made to wander down to the... 

Fred & Vera-Moffett

Vera and Fred Moffett
Vera and Fred Moffett spent over twelve years (1995-2007) caring for their part of Enoggera Creek. Both former teachers, they brought their... 

Trevor Ozanne

Trevor Ozanne
In the late 1950s, the banks of Enoggera Creek near the Newmarket Bowls Club were a playground for Trevor Ozanne and his brothers. The creek... 

Terri Templeton
Terri Templeton was already a multi-tasker when she staged her sit-in of Ithaca Creek. Working ten days per fortnight while caring for her four... 

Scott-and-Annie

Scott Rimington and Annie Cridland
It was an ad in the paper for "a Noosa house in Bardon" that attracted Scott and Annie's attention, but it was the house's proximity to the creek... 

Pete Dorney

Pete Dorney
"I wanted to do welding!", confides Pete Dorney, "but I couldn't find a TAFE course." What he did find was a course in horticulture, so he did that,... 

mick & Jill Bruhwiller

Mick and Jill Bruhwiller
Mick Bruhwiller has been a SOWN local coordinator for 16 years. He has also served as SOWN treasurer. He doesn't love what he calls "bean... 

Cliff Bell

Clif Bell
Clif Bell's wife Wendy refers to the stretch of creek beyond their back garden as "Clif's Shed". Clif says he gets sick of sitting around, "So I... 

Brian Sait

Brian Sait
It probably helps that Brian Sait has a military background: his achievements as an early co-ordinator of SOWN would have required focussed planning... 

Brian Hallinan

Brian Hallinan
Brian Hallinan had the vision, the position and the foresight to imagine SOWN " in and around 1993". At the time he was the Councillor for The Gap,... 

Bob Whiteman

Bob Whiteman
Bob Whiteman's interest in environmental conservation began with a Christmas tree that outgrew its pot; "I went and planted it on the creek and... 

Councilor Geraldine Knapp

Councilor Geraldine Knapp
She has five children, is a self-confessed political animal, and maintains she got into local government because she was "a sticky beak". She studied...