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.

Phone: President Leo Lee (M) 0409536533

President - Leo Lee

Leo was elected President of SOWN in December 2014. He is a fish expert and geneticist and is studying molecular ecology at Griffith University. Leo spent his early years in Arthur Terrace, near Ithaca Creek, back in the days when native fish were in abundance. Leo joined SOWN because he wanted to learn about local plants used in bush rehabilitation and he believes that environmental rehabilitation is the best way to regenerate native fish populations.

Management Committee members 2017

Elected 10 December 2016

President - Leo Lee
Vice President - John Perkins
Secretary - John Rohde
Treasurer - Derek Simpson
Other Committee Members
- Mick Bruhwiller
- Di Glynn (Grants)
- Lynn Pearce
- John Abbott (Website)
- Kerry Williamson

Patron - Geraldine Knapp

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

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.