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.


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SOWN AGM held on 5 December 2020

A successful SOWN AGM was held in the shade at the nursery on Saturday 5 December 2020.

The previous Executive was returned and a new Management Committee was elected as follows:
President – John Abbott
Vice President – John Perkins
Secretary – John Rohde
Treasurer – Derek Simpson

Committee members are Mick Bruhwiller, Di Glynn, Leo Lee, Janet Mangan, Christine Galbraith, Andrew Galbraith, Cr Steve Toomey, Dean Wyatt, Renee Hovey and Ed Bennett.

New SOWN Website – Welcome

Welcome to the new look SOWN website. Our previous website was over 15 years old and, while it still looked great, it was no longer secure and some parts were not working properly.

We have moved the previous site onto a new WordPress software base and the contents and functionality should be similar to the previous site. All of Rob Whyte’s great photos of plants and animals are still there. However, the new WordPress base gives us a more secure site that can be added to and its functionality improved in the future.

There will be teething issues with the new website. If you find problems, please let us know by sending us an email message via the CONTACT SOWN dropdown. We hope you enjoy using the new website.

John Abbott

President of SOWN

SOWN Enoggera Catchment Plan – Survey and Workshops Outputs

Last year SOWN looked back over 25 years of our history in caring for the Enoggera Catchment. This year we are looking ahead to develop a plan and identify actions for the future.

SOWN is preparing an Enoggera Catchment Plan and looking at threats and opportunities for the catchment over the next 10 years. The plan will identify policies and priority actions for SOWN.

We have been collecting and mapping new information about the catchment and consulting our members, partner organisations and the general community about what should be in the plan. In August we held two workshops for catchment group leaders and from August to October we have surveyed our members online.

Thank you to all who contributed by filling in the survey or attending one of the workshops. We have a wealth of ideas. A summary of the challenges, ideas and proposals put forward has been prepared. You can view this by clicking on the heading above. 

SOWN Nursery – Lomandra hystrix now available

We have obtained more Lomandra hystrix plants from AGCC and now have stocks available for members. Thanks for your patience.

In line with the latest COVID-19 directions, we have revised our opening protocols. These are intended to protect our volunteers and members. The protocols are as follows:


  • Everyone encouraged to sanitise or wash their hands on entry;
  • Maximum of 50 people in the nursery at any time (volunteers and members);
  • Keep social distance (1.5m) at all times.

'This Week by the Creek' eNewsletter - October 2020

The October eNewsletter 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.

To download and view the SOWN 25th Anniversary history book click here

Please have patience, the ebook is large and colourful and may take up 30-60 seconds to download.


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.>