At the annual general meeting on 5 December, President John Abbott reported on SOWN activities in 2020.

He said 2020 had been a disrupted year.

“Because of COVID19 we could not do many of our usual activities – but this has made us adapt, work in different ways and do new things,” John said.

Those new things included online ordering from the SOWN nursery, ZOOM meetings for the management committee, upgrading the SOWN web site and strengthening relationships with other groups such as Healthy Land and Water, Brisbane Catchments Network, Balaangala, Men of the Trees and the Queensland Conservation Council.

Consultation on the SOWN Enoggera Catchment Plan Proposals continued with implications for future SOWN governance. Changes are likely to include better community engagement, volunteer management and administrative support.

SOWN Nursery had to spread propagation activites over more days due to COVID restrictions and cope with the temporary closure of the propagation nursery at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre. With management of the Centre reverting to Queensland Corrective Services the future of the plant propagation program remains in doubt.

John thanked all the dedicated volunteers working on administration and governance, the nursery, bushland regeneration, creek health monitoring, communications and website management.

SOWN member Gail Chuter collecting pre-ordered plants from volunteer Dick Harding at the SOWN Nursery gate. PHOTO: Anne Jones