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2003-04 summary the year in review

The financial year ending 30 June 2004 was another good one for SOWN, reflected in increased finances due to obtaining a BCC Environment grant and ToadShow sponsorship. The year featured, in no particular order:

  • A successful Green Corps project
  • 10 year anniversary of SOWN
  • Monthly column in Western Echo
  • First run of SOWN shirts sold out
  • First run of SOWN caps (still available)
  • SOWN novelty sock savers a real hit
  • Major Community Plantings at Walton Bridge and St John's Wood (the latter actually July 2004)
  • Major stabilisation works on creek bank in Walton Bridge with plantings by Green Corps
  • Worst Brisbane drought in living memory, no rain from April to October
  • Four colour front page stories Western Echo
  • Big picture story in West Side News
  • Clif Young, Fred and Vera Moffett awarded Rotary community contribution certificates
  • Creative Creek competition (only one entry!)
  • Wipe Out Weeds projects in Fish Creek and Enoggera Creeks.
  • Brisbane Catchments Network representation
  • Membership of Natural Resource Management South East Queensland
  • Guest Speaker at Habitat Brisbane induction day
  • Interpretive Sign Project
  • Web-enabled Greening Australia Plant Database
  • School students do community service
  • Suncorp does corporate community days
  • GOSSIP produces 25,000 plants for SOWN
  • Members plant 23,600 plants
  • Many camphors cut out of Yoorala Street riparian areas
  • Fulbright scholars work with SOWN on botanical and insect audits for biological control of balloon vine
  • SOWN on TV representing local bushcare during Council election campaign
  • New Lord Mayor announces extra $20,000 for Habitat Brisbane to help SOWN
  • Business sponsorships of materials (in-kind) from Spicers Paper, XXXX, Colour Chiefs, ToadShow, Gem Printing and Cornerstone Press
  • Re-establishment of SOWN mentoring for Payne Road School Environment Club
  • Established reciprocal link to local historical group
  • Membership growth
  • Habitat Brisbane signs for SOWN sites
  • Discovery and documentation by Herbarium of significant remnant species
  • Water tank, paving and secondary shelving installed at Nursery
  • Lord Mayor announces SOWN to receive Catchment Coordinator (funding equivalent to $100,000)
  • Waterways employs Volunteering Queensland to help with strategic capacity building in groups
  • Nursery stocktakes published monthly on SOWN web site
  • Regional maps for coordinators (A0 maps thanks to Amanda Ament)
  • Seed Collectors email list started by Terrie Templeton
  • Video project started with Brian Hallinan's tips
  • Records show 19 full days remain for GA Quickspray unit to be utilised by SOWN
  • Little if any progress on environmental flow issue
  • Release of BCC water management draft plan
  • Release of Enoggera Catchment plan
  • Finalists in Healthy Waterways Award
  • Colleen extends her Acting Nursery Manager position due to Pete's ill health get well soon, Pete.